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Wednesday, September 29, 2010


 One of my granddaughters turned seven on Sunday.  She and her sister will be having a big party in a few weeks to celebrate both of their birthdays, so I had a family birthday party for her on Sunday.  When asked what she wanted for her birthday dinner, she shouted “hot dogs”!  (The menu is so easy at that age!)  I served hot dogs and chili before the cake and ice cream. 
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 Is there a rule about limiting the number of patterns and colors on a table?  Obviously, you can’t ask me that question!  The children’s table had almost every color and pattern known to man on the table!
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 Yes, those are price sticker dots on the white paper plate.  I covered the paper plate with a glass plate, so the dots wouldn’t get stuck on the bottom of somebody’s food.  I’d hate to be responsible for one of my grandchildren eating a dot.  I served their chili in the polka dot mugs.
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No, the cake isn’t under that cake keeper.  (If I put the cake on the children’s table while they were eating dinner, I’m afraid their tummies would never get the chili and hot dogs.  And although that’s not a healthy meal, it IS a little healthier than having cake and ice cream for dinner.
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 So, I put the condiments in a child’s tea set and hid them under the cake cover until it was time to spread mustard, ketchup (yes ketchup!), relish, and shredded cheese on their hot dogs.
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I hope Susan doesn’t delete my link to Tablescape Thursday, because I posted a children’s table with absolutely NOTHING matching.  To see beautiful, matching tablescapes, please follow the links at Between Naps on the Porch.
[Napkin rings and cake keeper} gifts from my friend, Susie; Child’s Tea Set} A gift from my sister-in-love, Brenda; Chargers are my patriotic plates that you’ve seen before (the patriotic part doesn’t show when I put a plate on top); That’s all folks!]
 I love to have visitors to my blog – especially when they leave comments to let me know they were here. I hope all of the colors and patterns on this tablescape didn’t blind anyone! 
I’ll have the link-up gadget here on Friday evening for Favorite Things Saturday, and I’d love for you to join us.  laurie 


Olive said...

Delete you? Never gonna happen. The table is darling. I know your grandkids love you to pieces! hugs♥olive

vignette design said...

Your colorful table is perfect for the granddaughters! They are going to love it too. You are such a fun grandma!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

What a great idea with the dots and the colors all look awesome.
It's a perfect party table!

Lynn said...

It screams "FUN" Laurie-love it and I just know the kids had a ball!

podso said...

This looks like such fun! How clever to decorate those paper plates and put them under glass plates. Great idea and love the child's tea set

Debbie said...

I giggled out loud at the comment about not wanting grandchildren to eat a dot! So funny!

I hope that I can be a grandmother someday and do a table like this for grandkids. I would definitely let them pick the meal and I will definitely be watchful of dots...

I love it all, especially the napkin ring with the curly ribbon. High Fives to Grandma!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Nothing needs to match at a table this fun!! Love all the colors and patterns the kids are sure to be happy!!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Chili and hot dogs - Sounds good to me! :-D
Happy Birthday to your Granddaughters!

Kathleen said...

Love it! It looks like so much fun!
My little gson's baday was last week. I didn't have any boy bday paper so I used red paper and stuck those same dots all over it! We must be related!
You set a very memorable table, dear Laurie!

Marlis said...

Please please let me sit at the children's table!!! I'm begging.. can you hear the whine.. It's darling!! I love that you put it all together as you did. It just makes me happy.

Marigene said...

What a fun table...the grandkids probably had a blast. I love that you have used stars, stripes, dots, didn't miss anything, Laurie...except leaving the cake on the table!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Laurie,
I want to be one of your grandkids!
Oh, they have the best time!
Your table is so fun and cheery and the more color the better!
Your grandkids probably think all Grandmas are like this! Oh they would be so disappointed if they had to have someone else!

Susan Freeman said...

I want a tablescape like that for my next birthday. What fun!!

Susan and Bentley

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Laurie, this is just so cute. You always fix the most wonderful tables, and this one for the children is just perfect. I love the dots and checks and the cake cover is wonderful. It looks just like a cake. I am sure all the children had such a wonderful time. Hot dogs and chili is one of my favorite meals too, so I could have eaten at the kids table and been perfectly happy. Hugs, Marty

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Mirror, Mirror on the wall...who's the "funnest" grandmother of them all? Laurie! That's who! How delightful this is -- your grands will be telling their grands about all your fun one day....and That's a guarantee!

Grammy Goodwill said...

What a cute table setting. I love the polka dots. I think you were the one who had another polka dot table this summer.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

It is a darling tablescape and Real! I love that!!

Sarah said...

Laurie, this is adorable. You are a genius ~ paper dots on paper plates. Great idea! My husband, the chef, would LOVE this menu by the way.
The little tea set is too cute. Thanks for sharing the stars, stripes, checks, and dots. ~ Sarah

Gabriele Agustini said...

Great stuff!!
Since you've been to my blog, (thank you!) you know that I'm a big fan of fun stuff!! :)
I really enjoy your blog!! I'll be back.

Linda in AZ * said...

* Dearest, sweetest Laurie...

I already KNOW you to be a WONDERFUL, oh-so-thoughtful FRIEND...

... and now, after seeing all THIS, would YOU like to be "MY GRAMA!", too?????


XO, Linda (AKA "Mom of a German Shorthair")...

Entertaining Women said...

Matching = Fun + Color + Whimsy! This is a perfectly matched tablescape in my eye! Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

aimee said...

the more color and patterns the better! you are so sweet :) happy birthday to the little ones :)

Freely Living Life said...

Your granddaughter is a VERY lucky girl to have you in her life. The table and meal you prepared for her special day just screams FUN! Priceless!

Thanks for sharing this special memory with us.