If you saw my last post recapping Dining By Design, otherwise known as DIFFA, the leading trade show for table decor and party design, you know I love a fabulous tablescape! Here, I’m going to share with you some of my top tips for designing a stylish kids’ tablescape using pictures from my daughter’s bunny birthday party that I just produced!
As a party planner, I’m a little jaded when it comes to party decor. I’ve pretty much seen it all. So when I plan my own, I like to stray from the ordinary and try to feature some unique items or two. For instance, for the bunny birthday that I threw for my daughter’s 3rd birthday, I added a whimsical wow factor with a tall centerpiece that I hand crafted for the event.
The tall silk flowers were bought during a sale at Michael’s, the picket white fences from a Chinese wholesaler, and with some flower foam, hot glue, and juice boxes to weigh everything down, I had the perfect springy centerpieces that didn’t take much room, could be filled with Easter egg basket grass, and that created an immediate fun factor to the table. It was one of the first things you saw when you walked into the room!
The party space (within our building) fortunately had free kids tables and chairs for us to use but the chairs were a mish mash of different colors so I made them uniform with some spandex yellow seat covers (adult sized) and fitted them with a chair sash turned into a bow. Both materials were bought wholesale which made them cheaper than renting and now I can use them for future events or sell/rent them out to others!
To continue the couture feel of this kiddie table, I color coordinated EVERYHING. I am super strict about matching exact shades when it comes to purchasing napkins, straws, forks, cupcake toppers.. I mean everything. It will bother me to no end to see something a shade or two off when I have already sent snippets of the exact fabric for the cake maker to match for instance. i.e. Juliet’s 1s birthday party.
That’s why I often customize my table decor down to the very last detail. Notice the paper runner, the frame turned into a tray, the milk bottles covered in coordinated papers and ribbons, and the covered styrofoam to stick the lollipops and chocolate bunnies in.
And to go along with the Easter timing, I presented each child with their own berry basket in lieu of a dinner plate. Inside you’d find, a pink napkin, bunny-shaped sandwich, bunny trail mix (popcorn and cheerios), pretzel sticks wrapped in a yellow and white polka dot mini-bag, & a cupcake holder filled with fruit. The milk jars were poured with milk, water or juice, whatever the child’s preference was.
Knowing that the pool table would be in the background, I also crafted the yellow and white backdrop that you see above. With help from Mialandyn Events who helped build the actual structure out of foam core, tape and wood, I covered it in coordinating fabrics, floral garlands and gift wrap on the other side.
When designing your tablescape, always consider what you’ll see in the background of your photos. In this instance, I didn’t want a pool table to be in all my pictures so I dressed it up, used it as the food and dessert station, and created a photo opp area on the other side of it making double use out of the one backdrop piece! (That coordinating box that you see above by the way is simply a diaper box covered in fabric and it was great for kids to stand or sit on). I’m a huge fan of creatively using what you have to save money.
Here’s what it looked like on the other side during setup (The dinner menu of baked salmon, pulled pork, sweet plantains, beans and rice had not arrived yet). Those Easter hats that you see hanging from the ceiling there by the way were given to each child in lieu of a party hat. They were SO cute ON (one of my amazing finds in the Target $1 bin!)
To summarize, here are some useful secrets from a professional party planner turned mommy planner that you can use when designing a kids’ tablescape:
- Color – Coordinate EVERTHING. Be Hitler when sticking to this rule and your table will thank you for it!
- Consider the background for your most important shots. What’s behind the cake? What’s behind the kids’ table? Remove or disguise eyesores.
- Add a themed centerpiece. Not only is it a conversation starter but it can really stand out and turn your average kids’ table into a standout stunner!
- Think out of the box. How about an enlarged candle in a cake, for a one year old’s birthday (the kind you’d stick in a candlestick?), how about a coordinated paper place mat that they can draw on, safari hats instead of birthday party hats for a safari themed event?
- Decorate your chairs. Hang birthday hats from them, use them as placecards by assigning a child’s name to each one, hang a giftable cape on each one for a superhero themed party, slide tutus on them for a girly get together.
For more kids’ party inspiration, check out some of my other Fab Kids party posts and please leave a comment with your thoughts on these tips or let me know what you’re currently brainstorming and let me help you!
my Disney sponsored princess in training party
my gingerbread man cookie decorating play date sponsored by Bright starts
my Hello Kitty play date sponsored by HP
my pancakes and pajamas play date
My Toddler tea party
Thanks for reading!
Special thanks goes out to Image Ready for the pictures used in this post!