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Dinner Party Ideas: The Making of a Moroccan-Inspired Table

moroccan-inspired dinner table mood board

moroccan-inspired dinner table mood board

Ethnic cuisine is still the most popular dinner party theme. People likes it because it is easy to organize and get the look based on the menu you plan to serve.

Your tabletop should set the tone of your dinner party. Start by selecting the dinnerware and table linens. Since you probably do not wish to invest in plates and serving dishes that you will use only one time, it is best to opt for dinnerware “inspired by” versus the real thing.

I created a Moroccan-inspired mood board composed of  tableware that you will be to use over and over for both indoor and outdoor entertaining. Typically, guests eat with their hands at a Moroccan feast. This is not a popular custom for us. Therefore, I went with the standard place settings. You can still serve each dish family style in big serving plates, fish trays or tagines.

moroccan-inspired table

The Jali Lattice Dinnerware, as suggested by West Elm’s stylists, have the right vibe. Plates and bowls are sold by pack of 4. Complement the table with a few truly Moroccan metal bowls that you will find at a speciality shop.

I also like the modern feel of the Chase Blue Plate layered with pool blue Max dinnerware from Crate and Barrel (top picture). For a casual look, pair it with the amber or the turquoise dimpled glassware series. You can put flowers in recycled glass jars as simple centrepieces.

+ Jali Lattice Dinnerware Salad plates and bowls $34 USD, Dinner plate $47 on sale at West Elm
+ Hammered Small Dish Bowl $5 USD | $5.19 CAD at West Elm
Chase Blue Plate $5.95 USD | $7.38 CAD at Crate & Barrel
+ Max Pool Blue dinnerware on sale at $59.95 USD | $74.36 CAD at Crate & Barrel
+ Dimmed Glassware set on sale $ $13 – $32 USD| $13.44 to $33.08 CAD at West Elm
+  Recycled glass jars on sale $ $19 – $29 USD| $19.64 to $29.98 CAD at West Elm



A Round-Up of 4th of July Party Free Printables

4th of July cupcake toppers

This post started when Emily Henning of Seaside Creative contacted me to submit her Fourth of July printable cupcake toppers and food tent cards. I particularly like that she played with the shades of blue and red.

4th of July drink parasols

I went on a hunt to find more party decor items that will go well with her look. I found them at Martha Stewart. The parasol drinks are superb. The set includes 5 patterns.

patriotic ice cream cone wrapper

Nicely wrap your ice cream cones in a patriotic cone wrapper. You could use the cones to serve nuts, popcorns, or if you select a thicker paper, french fries.

For party favors, you can either make the easy to do Flag Favors or the fabulous Rocket Favors. Both will delight your guests.

4th of July Printables by Seaside Creative
Parasol drinks by Martha Stewart
Patriotic ice cream cone wrapper by Martha Stewart
Flag Favors by Martha Stewart
Rocket Party Favor by Martha Stewart


Vintage WWII’s Fourth of July Dessert Table

Vintage 4th of July dessert table

Vintage 4th of July dessert table

The 4th of July dessert table styled by Marcie of Celebrating the Moments is absolutely gorgeous. She decided to craft a theme around the WWII era. Her attention to details and her use of vintage props set the mood. This is how you create an ambiance.

Vintage US flag Cookies for the fourth of july

She asked her friend Marilyn of Whatever Whimsy to decorate fondant flag cookies and button cookies. I like how Marilyn was able to infuse a vintage feel to the flag cookies. Go see Marcie’s blog, there are plenty more photos.

Vintage wwii  4th of July party theme

+ photos: Celebrating the Moments
+ via Pizzazzerie


Owl Theme for a Bathroom

give a hoot shower curtain

give a hoot shower curtain

The owl theme is popular for a nursery and invites. Now, you can have it for your bathroom decor. Last Friday afternoon, I took a few hours off the baby world for a quick stop of one of my favorite stores in Montreal, Maison Simons. I often buy at Simons my everyday kitchen linens. I stopped by the bathroom department to check the bathroom accessories since I need a soap dispenser for my baby son’s bathroom.

orange chenille bath rug

I stopped by the shower curtain section. Changing the shower curtain is a quick and easy way to update a decor. The Give a Hoot shower curtain caught my eye. I would coordinate it with that orange chenille bath rug. I like it so much that I’m contemplating the idea of putting this playful theme in my baby son’s bathroom, even though I already bought a shower curtain.

orange and blue bathroom accessories

Consider these bright bathroom accessories to continue on the orange and blue theme. The colors are invigorating as the idea that Spring is here.

orange and blue bath towels

Note that Maison Simons now runs an online store. Unfortunately, only a subset of their merchandise is available online.

Orange chenille bath rug $30 CAD at Maison Simons
+ Zesty citrus bathroom accessories $5 – $20 CAD


Holiday Entertaining in a Small Space

white and blue christmas theme

white and blue christmas theme

This is a challenge for many people. The first question is how you decorate your small apartment or condo for the Holiday season. The key is less is more. Stick to one color palette that you will reuse everywhere. Add a few touches across your home starting with the entry hallway. Reinvent the decor of a console table. Look at where you can hang or display tree ornaments using elements from your existing decor.

When it comes to planning your holiday party, opt for a cocktail party where you serve tapas and canapes. Keep the number of appetizers within the limits that your space can accommodate. Spread the food between the kitchen breakfast bar and living room tables. Test before your party how many serving plates you can put on your flat surfaces. You can still serve a mix of cold and hot hors d’oeuvre. One way to minimize the space is to put certain food in a tall bowl and place stacked takeout boxes for a self-serve delivery.

Visit Style at Home if you wish to look at an awesome small space nicely decorated for a holiday cocktail party. They did a fabulous job using a blue and white theme. They thought of every detail to style the place. The finest touch is incorporating the Bombay Sapphire into their bar station.

+ Small Space Cocktail party on Style at Home – photos by Michael Graydon


Delightful Mondays: Girlie Kitchen of Catherine Hammerton

catherine hammerton's Kitchen

catherine hammerton\'s Kitchen

You may have seen this kitchen on the April issue of Elle Decoration. The dress and the tablecloth share some design elements. You may be glad to know that the dress pattern is from Catherine Hammerton’s wallpaper collection. It has an updated classic flair.

catherine hammerton\'s kitchen :: close-up on dress and tablecloth

For her tablecloth, Catherine reinvented the same color palette on a simpler version. I like it! More photos and sneak peak on Design*Sponge.

+ photos by Brent Derby – styling by Ali Heath of Plum lifestyle for Elle Decoration


Fourth of July or the Bastille Day Dessert Table

cake stands at miette

cake stands at miette

What the candy table at Miette illustrates is the power of a color palette. Miette designed it with a sea theme in mind but that design also works for the Fourth of July or the Bastille Day party. They even sell the star lollipops in red or ocean blue.

bastille day july 14th parfait dessert

I got this idea from a succulent dessert I ate at l’Apéritif à la Française last Thursday night. They were so delicious that I ate two. You can achieve the color palette through the tableware and the food.

panna cotta by miette

An easy dessert is to serve the classic panna cotta topped with strawberries and blueberries. Glue a star sticker on the jar or tie a ribbon to finish the look.

+ Candy table at Miette
+ Panna cotta at Miette $4- bring back your jar for a $1 refund


Small Appliances in Azure Blue by Delonghi UK

1950's italian azure blue kettle and toaster :: icona collection by delonghi

1950\'s italian azure blue kettle and toaster :: icona collection by delonghi

For an unknown reason, small appliance makers often omitted blue for their collection. I do not know why since blue is a classic color for dinnerware. This is not the case of the Icona collection by Delonghi.

icona azure blue espresso machine and toaster by delonghi uk

Event if their style is inspired by the glamour of 1950’s Italy, they are filled with modern features. The blue finish will not show finger prints. The 4-slice toaster comes with electronic controls for reheat, defrost, and bagel, an extra lift position for easy removal of small slices and more features that you expect today.

Sadly, neither Delonghi in the USA or Canada cared to bring the Icona collection home. If you live in the United Kingdom, you are the lucky ones.

Icona Azure Blue 4-slice Toaster £69.99
+ Icona Azure Blue Kettle £69.99
+ Icona Traditional Pump Espresso/Cappuccino Maker £149.99


Summer Entertaining Finds at Ikea

new outdoor party accessories at ikea :: summer 2010 collection

new outdoor party accessories at ikea :: summer 2010 collection

What is great about shopping at Ikea for a party is that you can afford to buy the items in large quantity. Here are two finds that would be great for a summer party in your garden, at the beach or for a picnic in the park:

+ BARFOTA Hanging tealight holder $4.99 CAD for a pack of 2
+ SODA drinking straws $1.50 CAD for a pack of 200
+ HÄLSA Steel vacuum flask $8.99 CAD

For an ocean theme, look at their vibrant turquoise glassware and bowls.

turquoise glasses and bowls at ikea - summer 2010 collection

+ GODIS MIX Glasses $8.99 CAD for a pack of 6
+ BLANDA Serving bowls, available in assorted sizes from $1.99 to $9.99 CAD


Cheerful Outdoor Furniture and Fabrics

cheerful outdoor furniture and fabrics

cheerful outdoor furniture and fabrics

The sunny summer weather of last weekend sent me on a quest for bright and fun outdoor furniture. I tried to look for the unexpected. My first stop was Living etc. After all, all their 2010 issues are a burst of colorful rooms.

punch of orange :: outdoor dining collection at crate & barrel

I like the boldness and warmth when pink, orange and red meet.

atrium lounge chairs with aruba cushion

No need to change your outdoor furniture to bring them to the current home fashion. It can be as simple as updating your cushions. Or you could add a colored metal side table or a bar cart to your outdoor space.

mix patterns with individual outdoor seats

Everything does not have to match. A big lounge outdoor sofa can mix patterns as long as you restrict it to a uniform palette. With individual seats, you can group them to suit your needs. This design reminds me of Ligne Roset.

+ Outdoor fabrics by Jab Anstoetz £60.10 to £100.85 per m
+ Green or Raspberry Bamboo stool £69 by Plumo
+ Garçon Rolling Bar Cart $69.95 USD at CB2
+ Cayenne or Daffodil Cushions for the Alfresco Dining Collection $29.95 – $1,199.00 USD at Crate & Barrel
+ Atrium Chair Lounge in Aruba $899 USD at Crate & Barrel – no longer available


A Stylish Aqua and White Dessert Table

white and aqua blue color palette for a dessert buffet table

white and aqua blue color palette for a dessert buffet table

If you are looking for inspiration to create a sublime white and aqua blue dessert buffet table, you have to see the Winter Wonderland theme done Maddy from Inspired Bride and Amanda from Bake It Pretty. You will find here the recipe for the marshmallow pops. Apparently it is fairly easy to make and does not too much time. Looking at the wow factor, I suggest that you give it a try.

Their entire buffet table was impressive. The aqua and white theme works is versatile. You can use it for a baby shower, a birthday, a bridal shower or a wedding.

save the date and congratulations postcard designed by maddy of the inspired bride

In fact, you could match it with the Dessert Buffet Save the Date and Congratulations! postcards that Maddy designed earlier. Head to her blog if you wish to download the templates.

+ More details about the theme on Hostess with the Mostess