The end of summer is right around the corner, so I’m embracing bright colors and outdoor dining while I still can. Recently, I have been loving Palm Springs. Not that I’ve actually visited, but I love seeing the brightly colored doors and midcentury modern homes on Instagram. This tablescape is inspired by those bright colors of the desert city.
I’m a big fan of keeping things simple and using a basic white plate. They are so versatile and allow you to create almost any theme or colors. For the placemats, I actually snagged these on sale from my local King Soopers. I love the natural woven look, but they are actually vinyl, which is perfect for outdoor dining. I can’t find the exact same ones online, but these ones from amazon are a pretty close match.
For the napkins, I initially wanted to do something with yellow stripes to evoke a pool cabana, but when I saw these palm printed napkins, I knew I couldn’t pass them up. They were the perfect pop of a print amongst all these solid colors.
I knew I had to add the Palm Springs doors somewhere and I decided to create mini-menu cards for each place setting. Menus are a little unnecessary when you are hosting a small dinner party, but I like adding the extra detail. I used my Silhouette machine to cut the doors and trace the geometric door designs.
For each place setting, I created a place card using pink cardstock and again used my Silhouette to cut the circles and trace palm trees onto the cardstock. I add white half circles where I added their names in simple script. Even with small gatherings, I find place cards add a personal touch.
I create a balloon garland for my centerpiece, which is where the majority of the color for the table came from. This was my first ever balloon garland so I used this tutorial to help me. Overall it was a pretty simple process that just had me hot gluing balloons together.