Category Archives: Dining room

A 2nd Birthday Party – Part 1

On Friday was my son’s 2nd Birthday. I can’t believe it, since the last two years just went by so fast.

My little preemie baby is growing up and we can see his character traits coming through. A strong-willed little boy who loves to shares food, who loves, loves, loves balls, going for walks to the port and our chocolate lab.

The last two years I have also seen our worries about possible long-term preemie effects go away.

So finally Friday was the big day again. We decided this time to keep things very small. We only invited one married couple with their two daughters, and had a great time.

Party preparations started on Thursday evening. I had decided on homemade ice cream cake. So, after dinner I prepared a simple chocolate cake, which I then cut in half.

I added slices of strawberry and then cover the cake in foil to keep it from turning dry.

I also covered the same sized form with aluminum foil and then used this as a form for my ice cream, which I added while slightly soft. The form was then also covered and put in the freezer.

The next day, I then assembled the cake and the ice-cream layer, to create this:

Since my mixer gave up on me a few months ago, and I haven’t gotten around to buy a new one, I used the ready whip cream to decorate my cake. Not ideal, but it worked. But a new mixer is definitely on MY birthday wish-list.

After the little one went to bed, the hubby and I started blowing up balloons. Our son loves them, so I thought it would be cute to see how he would react to a room FULL of balloons when he woke up.

About 20 minutes of blowing up the balloons our living room looked like this:

I used some of the balloons to create a garland for our party corner and the rest was brought next to the baby’s bed.

Part 2 will follow soon …


Setting the table …

Here is what I did Sunday morning:

1) I put my baby to clean the living room 😉

I finally completely removed the ornament-free Christmas tree that “decorated” our living room for the last two weeks.

And then I played around with things I already had on hand to create this:

I took dollar store place mats, added my blue plates, folded up red napkins to place under the soup bowls, and then added a little red flower that I clipped from a dollar store flower garland.

Here is a picture from another angle:

The color-scheme actually went really well with the colors in my living and dining room, dark red, dark blue and turquoise.

Lucas had to give the setting his own touch, a purple spoon.

No two minutes after the table was set, he started to grab the place mats and I had to take everything but the centerpiece off.

Maybe in a few years from now, a beautifully set table will be possible, but for now, it’s not that good of an idea. I am trying to avoid having to remove pieces of my dishes from the floor. Although, since my son is already in training ….

A little bit of winter …

Today, I changed out my dining room decor and put a winter-themed centerpiece on my dining-room table. Since I am trying not to go overboard with my spending, I only worked with things I had on hand from previous years:

I put an Ikea vase bought years ago into a wooden bowl, and then I added the little decor balls to it. The pack came originally with blue, white, neutral and reddish items, but for winter I decided to only use the first three colors. I then removed fake white flowers from dollar store decor and put those into the bowl as well.

That’s all I have so far. I’ll probably add a few more items in the course of the week and share my creations.

Food-related again ?

When talking about table settings, I already started day-dreaming about dining rooms. Here is what I came up with:

So, here it is. A dining room that combines dark woods and light woods, aqua, gold and neutral tones, to create an inviting yet formal dining space.

Food for thought …

I have been thinking a bit about possible table settings for Christmas, that I could create without spending a lot of money. For this week, I decided I will gather items I could use from around the house.

I have some dark red wine glasses that I actually never used. This might just be the right occasion. My current living room incorporates at lot of ruby red and blues/turquoise colors. Therefore I would like to combine the two colors also in my Christmas table. Here is some inspiration I found:

(I found those online at some point, but will remember to note sources from now on.)            

Here is an idea for Napkin rings that I found on HGTV:

The rings look like they can be easily done at home with some pretty paper and tape.

The next setting, also found on has some very cute ornament placecards that I love:

I will use these for inspiration, and show you the results on the weekend. We’ll see what I can come up with using only things, I already own.