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Cupcakes and Polka Dots

What color tablecloth would you use with a red plate, a green-striped plate, an orange napkin and a gold charger? I think a bold combination like this will need a bold tablecloth, don't you?

So, how's this for bold?

Now what would you eat on a bold table like this? Well, how about something fun like cupcakes?

Of course, I won't be serving them from this cupcake holder/carrier. I want them to look extra special so they are worthy of celebrating a birthday. So I served them in a zigzag stemmed martini glass--the same glasses I used on the martini table. These glasses are so versatile. I use them more for desserts than I do for martinis.




If I had wanted to go "over the top" I could have decorated the cupcakes with cut out fondant circles that matched the tablecloth. That would have been perfect, but WAY too much work for someone like me who has no cake decorating talent. So I just shook a few sprinkles out of a jar.

The centerpiece was just a pedestal cake platter full of more cupcakes and surrounded by candles in many of the colors of the polka dots.


By now you have probably noticed that I have a lot of fun with my chairs. This time I just placed a long section of a coordinating striped fabric over the silver/gray backs that are too formal for this birthday table.

Each cupcake in the martini glass had it's own candle. That way everybody gets to blow out a candle, not just the birthday person (we are never too old to enjoy blowing out a birthday candle). It also makes a nice presentation when your guests walk into the room.

Oh, I forgot to mention that I used tall blue glasses. They are a pretty good match to the blue polka dots.


I had a birthday table in mind right from the day I bought this fabric (last year). I think this table lived up to my original vision. It is a fun birthday tablescape for adults who are young at heart.





12 comments:

Mama said...

What a vibrant, happy table mix, perfect for a Birthday celebration. Kathy.

carolinajewel said...

Beautiful Bold table! Love the cupcakes too! :D Jewel

Swati said...

I feel the tablecloth is overwhelming the table settings. I wonder now, how about bright yellow chargers, black plates and then the red ones you have already? And perhaps for the chairs, plain bold coloured fabric in four different colours to match the polka dots? Would that be too much of colour for an adult birthday table?

Angela Vaughn said...

I love your blog! I dream about beautiful table settings such as the ones you put together. I love the boldness and playfulness of this particular one.

James Alviz said...

the cupcakes empowered the setting.. i nearly forgot there's a table skirt.

nevertheless its nice.

Dani and Jimmy said...

SO FUN! So were you celebrating for a friend's birthday or your own? I just can't believe how often you update this blog with a new tablescape! You must be constantly hosting parties! How often do you have a party? Do you really host one every time you post a new tablescape?

Trina said...

Your designs are amazing!!! Very inspiring! :)

Deb said...

I love the polka dots! The cupcakes look yummy, I have been thinking about doing cupcakes for a bridal shower for my future daughter in law, seeing yours made me decide that would be a good idea :)

nikkit3 said...

I'm so glad I found your blog. My husband actually told me about it and suggested I check it out:)
You are one creative lady!

Anonymous said...

This table scape just says, "FUN!" to me!! Awesome

Hillary said...

oh my gosh, cupcakes in martini glasses? thanks for the AWESOME idea - i love it! very creative, my friend.

Elizabeth Symington said...

I love it how you took a kid's dessert and made it sophisticated and playful at the same time. Looking at your photos makes me want to throw a party. I just might have to! Thanks for the photos!

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