Cocoa Couture Easter Tablescape

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of entertaining a group of incredible women for a Progressive Brunch. A progressive meal or “Safari Supper” is made of successive courses prepared and eaten at the residence of different hostesses. This involves consumption of one course at each location. Each of us ladies prepared a part of traditional brunch and Ubered from each of our houses to the next, after each course, enjoying the company and styling of each person’s take on a brunch tablescape!

My house was the first stop and I hosted the Mimosa and fruit course! I wanted to share my tablescape with you because I have to show you how easy it is to design a party table without spending a ton of money on theme décor. Every element of the design are DIYs I’ve blogged about previously with a few drugstore Easter isle props thrown in!

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

Disco balls are ornaments seen before here. TIP: If you have any pastel ornaments or at least a bunch of smaller Christmas ornaments all the same color you can group them together around a floral centerpiece in a tray, or pick up a bag of plastic eggs for a few dollars.

DIY Silver and black box centerpiece here. TIP: This is literally just an empty box to give height to the center of the table. You can use any cardboard box you already have and spray paint or decorate it (glue on jewels, flowers, glitter, etc.) to match your color theme and you’ll instantly have a customized centerpiece!

 Chanel bunny DIY seen before here. TIP: The centerpiece doesn’t have to be the most expensive part of the table, it just has to tie everything in.

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

If you don’t have fabric napkins or a table cloth, consider borrowing some from a friend or family member. Fabric linens really elevate the whole look vs. using plastic or paper. If you’re considering purchasing a table cloth and napkins, opt for all-white or all-cream, since a neutral background color will work for almost any occasion. The ones I used were gifts from my Mum who passed them on to me when she realized she was no longer using them regularly and she knew I liked them.

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

One of the easiest ways to create a cohesive layout is by grouping similar items together, such as candles, of the same color. I grabbed a few black and pink candles from around my house and placed them on the table to continue the black and pink theme.

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

This is one of the oldest tricks in the book, but if you make your food / drink part of the theme, the necessary items on the table can instantly lend to the decor palette. For example, I made white chocolate fondue colored light pink with a few drops of red food coloring, blueberries and strawberries on skewers (for easy dipping!) and chose ginger ale, champagne and gin bottles with pink and black labels and packaging.

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

Lastly, I grabbed a few Easter Lindt chocolates that lend to the Easter aspect (mini carrots and bunnies are so cute, and can double as party favors!) as well as a bunch of pink roses and greenery, because nothing says, “Spring” like fresh flora!

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

The tiny ceramic bunnies I purchased several years ago while living in Germany at their version of the Dollar Store, but I’m sure they have similar ones in the States.

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

What are your thoughts? Have you ever hosted or been to a themed progressive meal?

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FREE Printable Zebra Art

I know I’ve created a bunch of tech wallpapers for y’all recently but I wanted to do something a little different for this month’s freebie using the zebra motif from January’s download! One of my favorite things to DIY is artwork for my house. It’s so easy to customize the perfect piece when I’m in charge of the design! Last week I made this adorable Zebra print using my favorite illustrated clip art and had to share with y’all! (See inspiration for this design here, here & here)

FREE Printable Zebra Art

FREE Printable Zebra Art

FREE Printable Zebra Art

Save the image below and print on 8″ x 8″ photo quality paper. I ordered a print online at Walgreens.com for about $4 and was able to pick it up from my local Walgreens later that same day!

Free Printable Zebra Art Work

I found a $5 frame from Hobby Lobby and spray painted it glossy white. The background “photo mats” are a piece of white card stock paper trimmed to about 10″ x 10″ on top of a piece of pale pink 12″ x 12″ scrap booking paper. I adhered each layer with a single piece of double sided tape in the center back of each page. In total the entire project cost about $11.

FREE Printable Zebra Art

FREE Printable Zebra Art

FREE Printable Zebra Art

I’d love to see where you put your Zebra art work! Post a picture and tag me on Instagram @Southern.in.the.City!

FREE Printable Zebra Artwork Download

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Weekend Edit | Target Edition

Who else has a love / hate relationship with Target? Last night I was browsing, killing time before meeting with a client, and I fully spent 1.5 hours combing through the store and I didn’t even make it to athletic or outdoor sections (that should go to show you just how much there was to look at)! Shockingly I walked out only having spent $51.47, which is a feat in and of itself, considering I haven’t been in a Target for months.

Weekend Edit | Target Edition

I was really impressed to see the collab collections they’re currently offering (Bauble Bar, Who What Wear, Oh Joy & Nate Berkus) and upcoming projects (Victoria Beckham & a WINE BAR?!).  A trip to Target has always been a “treat” for me and the 5 years I lived thousands of miles away from a Target I was more than fine with learning to do without it (when one has Paris in their backyard it’s not difficult to forget everything else). After spending all that time away from stores I had been accustomed to frequenting I realized something startling: Target is not necessary! But it embodies so much of what we love about shopping in America: Pretty, convenient and essentially unnecessary, but OH SO FUN!

I rounded up some of my favorite new items available on Target.com right now (most of this was sold out at my location!) and I hope you enjoy! There’s something sort of mildly thrilling about “scoring” at Target! Somehow they’ve made mass retail shopping feel like an exploratory experience, never knowing what sparkly bauble, cute kitchen decor, or delicious ice cream flavor you’ll find, which is why it will always feel like a treat to me.

Dress, Earrings, Cosmetic Bag, Lamp, Necklace, Pot, Pouch, Book ends, Pillow, Stapler, Purse, Sunglasses

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Palm Springs Inspired Christmas Decor

Palm Springs Inspired Christmas Decor

Palm Springs Inspired Christmas Decor

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Palm Springs Inspired Christmas Decor

Palm Springs Inspired Christmas Decor

Palm Springs Inspired Christmas Decor

 

Palm Springs Inspired Christmas Decor

Palm Springs Inspired Christmas Decor

Palm Springs Inspired Christmas Decor

Palm Springs Inspired Christmas Decor

Palm Springs Inspired Christmas Decor

Palm Springs Inspired Christmas Decor

Palm Springs Inspired Christmas Decor

Palm Springs Inspired Christmas Decor

Shop the 2016 Kitschmas Decor Lookbook Below!

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DIY Acrylic Dinosaur Bookend

DIY Dinosaur Bookend
There are dozens of variations of the plastic animal bookend, but this version may be the easiest, chicest one yet!

DIY Dinosaur Bookend

Back when I lived in Germany I bought a bag of 20+ vintage plastic dinosaurs and have been trying to decide what to do with them ever since! About a year ago I purchased a few $5 acrylic boxes from Amazon for makeup storage and one of the lids broke. Put them together with a little spray paint and you have a piece of modern, kitschy decor!

DIY Dinosaur Bookend

DIY Dinosaur Bookend

DIY Dinosaur Bookend

I’m thinking about finding a larger glass or acrylic box, topping it with a silver spray painted dinosaur wearing a mini santa hat, and displaying vintage ornaments in the box as a center piece!

DIY Dinosaur Bookend

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