Showing posts with label PARTY. Show all posts
Showing posts with label PARTY. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


Lalaloppsy Party-Bargain Decorating with Laurie
If you’re a grandmother, you know it is hard to say “no” to a grandchild.  So, when my six year-old granddaughter asked if she could have her seventh birthday party at my house, I told her I thought it would be fun.  (Truth be told, I do enjoy children’s parties.)  I suggested a circus theme (I have all of the décor for that), but she was having none of that.  She wanted a Lalaloopsy party!  Do you know who Lalaloopsy is?
Lalaloopsy Party-Bargain Decorating with Laurie
Meet one of many Lalaloopsy dolls.  I do not know the name of each doll (although I hear the names frequently from my granddaughter.)  These are very collectible if you are seven years old or younger.  (Do you think my granddaughter is picking up my bad collecting habits?)

Lalaloopsy Party-Bargain Decorating with Laurie
My granddaughter brought over all of her Lalaloopsies and the necessities that go with them (even though she said she would miss them overnight).  That is when I realized that Lalaloopsies have BIG heads.  They cannot sit or stand without something to support them, and even then, their heads might fall forward, causing them to take a nose dive onto the table.

Lalaloopsy Party-Bargain Decorating with Laurie
Miniature Lalaloopsies aren’t quite as difficult to pose.

Lalaloopsy Party-Bargain Decorating with Laurie
One of them drove her convertible around the table top.

Lalaloopsy Party-Bargain Decorating with Laurie
One of them guarded the lollipops (she didn’t take her job very seriously though – the lollipops were quickly gone).

Lalaloopsy Party-Bargain Decorating with Laurie
Another delivered lollipops in a cart behind her giant red horse.

Lalaloopsy Party-Bargan Decorating with Laurie
Some brought their own houses with them (talk about making yourself at home)!

Lalaloopsy Party-Bargain Decorating with Laurie
Lalaloopsy Party-Bargain Decorating with Laurie
A few even rode a school bus to the party.  (Some of my polka dot plates [Bistro Collection by Amici] fit right in to the party theme)

Lalaloopsy Party-Bargain Decorating with Laurie
There are a lot of buttons and bright colors involved in a Lalaloopsy collection.  You may have noticed that they all have button eyes and usually have buttons on their clothing.

Lalaloopsy Party-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

My daughter-in-law drew circles on paper plates to make the button streamers on the doors.  I have got to learn how to take pictures when  the sun is shining behind what I’m photographing.  Any hints? 
Have you been to a children’s party recently?  It really is a lot of fun, and I didn’t even mind that, after I worked to prop all of the dolls on the table, the girls grabbed them to play with (they did ask first).  Thank you for stopping by to meet Lalaloopsy.  laurie

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


It kills me to admit this, but our oldest granddaughter is now a teen – just barely.  She turned 13 this week.  Oh, how did she grow up so fast, and when I did I grow old enough to have a 13 year-old grandchild?

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Since she thinks she is now an adult, I didn’t want her birthday dinner table to look childish, so I tried to make the table look a little bit sophisticated.

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But, since I think she’s still a little girl, I wanted the table to be fun. I used every color I could find in my table setting stock.  You may need to get your sunglasses for this post! I used four different colors and styles of metal napkin rings.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

I can’t remember whether I ordered the bright green metal chargers from One Kings Lane or from Joss & Main.  I’ve had them awhile, but haven’t found an occasion to use them until now.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

The polka dot salad plates are Bistro Collection by Amici.  To provide a little relief from all of the color, I used white dinner plates by Gibson. For some reason, I could only find 6 of my Gibson plates, so on each end of the table, I used the pierced dinner plates, Valerie by Portmeirion Studio.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

I think I bought this stemware on sale at Kohl’s several years ago.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

The flatware is Duplex Spring Stripe by Cambridge Silversmith’s.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

For a centerpiece, I used purple Iris from our yard in multi-colored stemware.  The bright pink flower-shaped plates under each stem are unmarked melamine.

Bargain Huntiing with Laurie

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Thank you so much for reading my blog. Don’t forget to remove your sunglasses before you visit another blog!  laurie

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I’m linking this post to Let’s Dish Wednesday at Cuisine Kathleen, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, and Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


Many of you have been praying for our grandson. For those of you who don’t know, our grandson was born prematurely four months ago.  He weighed 1 pound, 14 ounces.  He has spent the first four months of his life in the hospital.  When his parents are with him at the hospital, his 6 and 9 year-old sisters stay with us.  We were expecting him home the end of this week, so my granddaughters helped me set a “Welcome Home Cooper” table.


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Our little Cooper is truly a miracle.  He has fought so many battles, and he’s an amazingly healthy looking, strong, and alert four month old.  He’s had more medical procedures than I’ve had in my lifetime.  He had one more milestone to pass before he could come home.  Today, he took the “car seat test”.  Because we live 3 hours from the hospital, he had to sit in a car seat for three hours.  He flunked.  His breathing and heart rates dropped after less than an hour in the car seat.  It doesn’t look like he’ll be coming home this weekend, but hopefully, very soon.

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The tarnished shabby chic silver baby mugs were gifts to my children when they were born.

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I’m not sure if we’ll be able to use this Welcome Home tablescape, or if another scape will have to be prepared before he comes home.

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I had a Ginnette doll when I was a child, and I still have her baby bottle!


This was my Mother’s teething ring from the early 1900’s!

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Napkin rings and flatware holders are children’s mugs.



I want to again thank all of you who have been praying for Cooper.  We are so very touched by the prayers and concern of so many people.  God has given Cooper and his family the strength and courage to make it through this journey.  We know there will still be difficulties to face, but we believe the hardest part is behind us, and we praise God for our little miracle.

I’m not sure that children’s dishes and plastic plates qualify for Let’s Dish or Tablescape Thursday, but I’m linking this post to Cuisine Kathleen and Between Naps on the Porch. laurie

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


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(Polka dot plates: Amici Bistro Collection, topped by a Bingo card and a glass plate.  Saucer: Classic Coffee&Tea, topped by a playing card and a glass saucer.)

I am linking this post to Let’s Dish Wednesday at Cuisine Kathleen and Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.  Thank you for visiting.  I hope I get…


enough to have you come back to visit soon.  laurie

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013


As some of you know, I have a lot going on in my life right now.  Our grandson, who was born on November 30th is still in the hospital three hours from our home.  He's getting better every day, but he will be hospitalized awhile longer.  When his parents are at the hospital with him, their daugthers (a 6 year old and a 9 year old) stay with us.  They are a joy, but they don't leave me with any time on my hands. That is my excuse for re-posting an old tablescape today. My apologies to those who might have seen it before. I am linking to Let's Dish Wednesday at Cuisine Kathleen and Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch. 

My table this week is a REAL mixture! I have used gold chargers, paper plates, plastic food containers, popcorn, peanuts, and boxes of candy. I've mixed red and white with burgundy and gold. I've used very formal with very informal. Can you get any more mixed up than that? Probably not, but then you've probably already guessed that I am one mixed up lady! After that description, I'm sure you just can't wait to scroll down and see this tablescape.

Since the Academy Awards are coming up soon, I have partially recreated an Academy Award party we hosted one time. (I'm not going to tell you how long ago it was, because your jaw would hit your keyboard if you knew how long I had kept all of this stuff!)

This tablecloth is actually an old curtain panel that reminded me of the curtains hanging on each side of the screen in old movie theaters.

The "movie reels" formerly held rope lights that I bought for Christmas one year.

The plastic popcorn boxes contain a few sprigs of flowers that survived from my tablescape last week (I put a plastic bag around the flowers for filler and covered it with some popcorn)

As the guests arrived, they were each assigned a star's name, and their place card reflected the name of that star. Each of the female guests received a feather boa and each male guest received a bow tie to wear during dinner. Very large sunglasses were available for anyone who wanted to try to avoid the paparazzi.

Are you getting tired of seeing my old stand-by...the paper plate under a glass plate? (I really do have stacks of dishes, but none of them are movie-related) I couldn't find any movie themed paper plates , so I put a few movie stickers on white paper plates.

A plastic server (they served food in these at drive-in movie theaters) (yeah, I know, I'm telling my age again- I do NOT want any of you young people to leave a comment asking what a drive-in movie was).

Plastic hot dog servers hold the napkins, which have star napkin rings around them.

If you missed seeing all of the Valentine inspiration at my par-tay, be sure to check out the slide show here.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  laurie

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