Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Ladybug Dot-to-Dot Delight

The Ladybug wears no disguises.
She is just what she advertises.
A speckled spectacle of spring,
A fashion statement on the wing....
A miniature orange (red) kite.
A tiny dot-to-dot delight.
~J. Patrick Lewis, "The Little Buggers"

Our Ladies' Ministry group at church sponsored an event at church on Sunday and we asked ladies from the church to decorate the tables.  This is always such a fun event to see how everyone decorates the tables differently!  I love to do this and knew right away what I wanted my theme to be...ladybugs!  I had the idea in my head and then went shopping for supplies.  Originally my color scheme was going to be pink, red & light green, but then I found these mints and I based my whole table around these colors instead:


I found these at a party store and immediately went to the paper section to pick out the tablecloth, the plates, napkins, etc.  Everything matched perfectly!  And, of course you know how much I LOVE polka dots, and I knew that Hobby Lobby had just the perfect paper for place mats!


In the plan in my head, I wanted to find the small glass milk bottles to use as glasses but I was unsuccessful at finding any at a decent price, so I instead bought jam canning jars from Walmart and I love the way they looked!  I bought some red & white striped paper straws for each glass too (from an internet store)...FUN!!


Here is what each individual place setting looked like.  And, as you can see, I also made each guest a little notebook as a favor.  I will tell you more about those tomorrow (the design was  inspired by another PTI fan!!).


Here you can see the centerpiece.  I took a red pail and put grass and different "flowers" in it.  I took black & white polka dotted saddle stitch ribbon and gathered it at the top of the pail and then hot glued some glittery lady bugs to it.  It's hard to see in the picture, but the pail is sitting on a large felt butterfly with red polka dots on the wings!

I did find several milk bottles (just not enough for each lady) so I decided to incorporate those into the table decorations too.  I filled each of them with green Styrofoam balls and then placed some grass and berries inside to keep with the theme of the centerpiece.  I then used some of my twine from The Twinery and a yo-yo on the front of each bottle.  So fun!


Probably my favorite decoration on the table were these cute grass clumps!  I found these on clearance at Alco for...$1.16!! They were regularly $8!  The clumps of grass are in a brown container that is a little chipped and I wanted to hide that part.  I bought this awesome red burlap at Hobby Lobby, wrapped it around the container and then used a rubber band to hold it in place.  I cut some polka dotted fabric in strips and wrapped it around the burlap and tied a bow.  I just loved how these turned out!   I made the little ladybugs (from PTI's Little Lady stamp set) on the lacey circles and attached them to a stick to set inside the grass clumps too.


Here's another view of the table.  I had SO MUCH FUN putting all these decorations together!

Thank you so much for letting me share this with you!  I'll be back, hopefully tomorrow, to share more about the little notebooks!  Have a great day!

27 comments:

Stacy said...

WOW Jen you did an amazing job! LOVE, love, LOVE the lady bugs :) You really have an eye for design!

Nancy L. said...

your table looks amazing! everything fits perfectly!! great color combo!

Monique said...

Thud!! Excuse me I just picked myself up off the floor...Jen this is soooo Much fun. Totally my thing. This would be so fun in the summer outside to...Love all your ideas the jars with straws, Lady bugs..(i love ladybugs). the milk bottles with Styrofoam balls... I am just in awww.. Love Love Love this!!!

Amy Kolling said...

Wowzers Jen! You did a FANTASTIC job of decorating this table....I'll bet everyone wanted to sit at yours! (I know I would want to :)) Look at all those little details like the straws, the burlap wrap, the tiny ladybugs on the pail, and notebooks!! Maybe you should think about decor as another hobby! Seriously, you are GOOD!

Audrey said...

Jen, was a beautiful display! I love the color scheme and the ladybugs. I love projects like this... well done! :)

Laurie said...

Jen! WOW!!! This is fantastic! I am so excited to see the pictures! Each detail just goes together so perfectly! I so love those polka dotted place mats and napkins! This is just adorable! And those straws were perfect! So glad you found those! Great job friend!

Christina said...

Oh my word, Jen, this is incredible! You've added so many fun details. I love those little grass clumps and the canning jar glasses! You must have had so much fun putting this together!

Diane Jaquay said...

Oh WOW Jen, how fabulous is this?!! Love the centerpieces, and all the pretty little details on the table, just DELIGHTFUL!

Chris said...

I remember your table from last year! You are so creative - this looks wonderful and I'm sure everyone will want to sit with you! Enjoy :)

Sue Ann said...

ADORABLE!!! LOVE IT ALL!!!

Sara Mac said...

Jen this is wonderful! Every detail is perfect. Wow, wow, wow!!! Love the polka dots, the grass and the milk bottles. So many great touches.

Renee said...

This looks INCREDIBLE!
So much work...and your effort really paid off!
I love everything about it...
just an incredible job!
Can't say it enough!

Mariana said...

This is just awesome, I love everything about it, the black green and red combo, the lady bugs, the polka dots!! Those were really lucky ladies at your table!

Eva said...

This si so fun and cheery. Love all the polka dots. The green plants really makes it feel springy!

Kim O'Connell said...

It's a lady bug extravaganza! I love it! You didn't miss a thing! What a fun idea!

Kara said...

wow...this is so awesome!! everything is just perfect!

jen said...

this turned out amazing!! I'm sure all the ladies loved it- AND their notebooks!!! :D

Chris said...

OMG, what fun!!! I love it!
What a fantastic idea, and how fun to find those mints to get your mojo going!

It's just adorable!

Kristin said...

So I'll be coming to visit your church next time I'm in town... doesn't matter where you live!! :-)

Anika said...

Gorgeous Jen! We have a Christmas Tea at church every year and we can sign up to decorate a table, it's always fun to see everyone's designs! I love the idea of adding the coordinating notebooks as a favor...I will have to make a note of that for Christmas next year!

Stephanie said...

I think I'm still sitting here in total amazement. That is one gorgeous, gorgeous table making me really want spring to get here quickly (saying that on a night were ice is to be a huge problem). Lovely, lovely decorations and theme.

Anonymous said...

Jen - absolutely fantastic! Great color scheme and so much attention to details. Way to go!

Dana said...

*squeal* I wish I was there! What a fun, FUN theme Jen. Your decor is just fabulous.

Leigh Ann Baird said...

Beautiful and perfect! You did a fantastic job on the table!

AmethystCat said...

how fun! great job!

Cathy Weber said...

Gosh, I sure wish I was in your church group. Your tablesettings look so beautiful, with every single aspect so well thought out. I am so glad I just got Little Lady myself. You have given me so many ideas.

Monica K. said...

What an amazing set up!! The ladybug theme is awesome and it turned out great. Love all of the coordinated and thoughtful details including the mints, the straws!

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