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A few weeks ago we celebrated my parents’ 50th anniversary and it was such a special night for them. Last night we celebrated my mom’s birthday. I won’t give away how old she is, but if you saw her in person, you wouldn’t believe it. She looks amazing and I can only hope that I inherit her good skin genes!

For this table, I used things laying around the house besides the flowers and the thrifted brass and black vase. When I saw this vase the other day, I grabbed it immediately. It is so pretty and very heavy. Just a note: I have a smaller vase inside for the flowers to protect the brass from the water.

TIP: Whenever I am pulling together a table for an event, the week before I start to lay out items on my dining room table. This helps me visualize and really see what I have to work with and what I need. Usually, I design the whole table theme based off of one or two items and in this case, it was the vase and the pink napkins.

Here is my layout for the inspiration:

When I was setting this table yesterday, I was so excited with how it was coming together. It’s amazing how “shopping your own house” for things to use can be so satisfying (to me).

To start, I used this Kate Spade leopard tablecloth as a base layer with the orange runners my mom recently gave me from her stash. I then layered round woven placemats with gold chargers and my white plates. I pulled in the pink color using my linen napkins with old gold leaf napkin rings.

The vintage brass bamboo flatware that I scored from the flea market last weekend pulled the whole look together. The brass utensils contributed to an overall warm and inviting look and I love it so much! And to add some texture and dimension, I threw in a few mini pumpkins at the end.

The menu was very “fall-ish.” I kept to a German meal by serving Sauerbraten with Spaetzle. Such a comforting meal on a chilly day!

For the cake, I ordered a plain chocolate cake with chocolate icing from the grocery store. These packets of sprinkles from Michaels were only a dollar a piece and allowed me to decorate the cake to match the colors of the table!

All of this is great, but what was most important was that my mom had a nice time for her special day. We ended the night watching the local football game on TV….my alma mater vs. the district I work for. It was a good one!

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