Welcome to the 254th Tablescape Thursday!
Recently, I received an e-mail from Laura who reads BNOTP. She and her daughter, Claire had created the most amazing tablescape for a birthday celebration. Laura’s hubby (Claire’s Dad) Paul, was turning 56 and they wanted his birthday to be memorable. They decided to create a table setting that pays tribute to where he served for several years during his military days: Africa. Today we’re going on an African Safari for Tablescape Thursday! Hope you have your passport in order. Let’s go!
Laura said, “Every year my daughter makes my husband’s birthday cake and I decorate it. My husband is retired military and one of his previous assignments frequently took him to several African countries. He’d purchase gifts for our daughter, usually carved animals, whenever he went. When I saw a zebra cake in blogland, I was struck with inspiration—why not a safari tablescape for his birthday?”
“The centerpiece came together after a quick raid of the hubby’s man cave where I got the mask and carved pieces.”
“The African tribal mask took center stage among African busts and hand-carved animals that my husband brought back from trips to Africa for our daughter.”
“River rock from Dollar Tree surrounded the animals and busts to anchor the vignette.”
“A chubby hippo peeked out from among the river rock. Hippos should be comfortable around river rock, don’t you think? Votive holders are from Pier 1.”
“I ordered a two-and-a-half yard piece of ultra-suede, hide print fabric from an online fabric store for the tablecloth.”
“The raffia-fringed placemats I already had and thought they were a great complement to the mask.”
“Dinner plate in zebra pattern is from Pier 1. Flatware is from Horchow. Napkins, napkin rings and salad plates are from Target.”
“I thought with the various organic textures that the table needed a bit of sleek metal. The silver from the napkin rings provided that. Wine glasses are from Pier 1.”
Isn’t the cake Laura and Claire made amazing?!
And check out the inside of the cake. It’s perfect for this safari themed birthday celebration! Laura and Claire have some mad cake-making skills!
Laura, thanks so much for sharing this wonderful table setting with all of us! I am just blown away by every little detail. I would love to have seen your husband’s face when he saw it for the first time. It is just beautiful and so well thought out. What a great example of how we can use all the beautiful pieces and treasures we have collected over the years to create memorable table settings and celebrations for our friends and family. Truly inspiring!
As I was creating today’s post for this wonderful table setting, I couldn’t help but think of the music that’s runs throughout the movie, Green Card. Do you remember that movie and the music? The music would be perfect for a dinner party with a safari theme, wouldn’t it?
For future reference, this tablescape can be found under the Tablescapes/Themed/Safari category at the top of BNOTP.
Tablecloth fabric – Anatol’s Fabric, housefabricdotcom
Placemats – purchased years ago from Hobby Lobby, I think
Zebra dinner plates – Pier 1, last year
Salad plates – Target, last year
Flatware – Horchow, last year
Napkins & Napkin rings – Target last year
Wine glasses – Pier 1, last year
River rock – Dollar Tree
Votive holders – Pier 1, last year
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