Kate Spade Inspired Dinner Party!

Last night, I had the honor of hosting a small dinner party in honor of my best friend's birthday. I was really excited about it and wanted to do something special and fun for her. I didn't have a lot of money to spend on decorations, so I needed to get creative with the stuff I already had.

For some reason I was envisioning a black and white and gold color scheme from day 1. I really wanted a dramatic striped tablecloth like this one, so I was searching online. I happened to look in my linen closet for fresh towels when I spotted the fabric we used as a photo backdrop at our wedding. The black and white polka dot pattern instantly reminded me of Kate Spade, so I just decided to run with that theme/look and use it for the party!

Now, the details. The polka dot fabric is from Ikea, but we bought it more than two years ago so I have no idea if they still carry it. I paired it with champagne gold chargers from Michaels and the golden greek key china I bought at the thrift store. Remember that bargain purchase?

Each place setting featured a name card (simple white card stock and handwriting by yours truly) and a gold favor box from Michaels filled with two cake balls. Did you notice the napkin rings, which are one of my favorite details? Those are actually hair ties I bought at H&M this past weekend ($2/each). It was another little favor that each friend could take home with them, so of course that was a big hit. I saved the extras for myself because, well, I really like bows.

What's more Kate Spade-ish than polka dots and bows, after all?

We used the DIY glitter wine glasses for our drinks, and my DIY gold leaf bowl was part of the centerpiece. The flowers were placed in three Dollar Tree vases along the center of the table and in various little arrangements on the shelf behind the table to help tie the spaces together. 

The mercury glass votives were purchased at Target last holiday season in the $1 area by the front of the store. I love those things and use them so much! They were a big part of my winning pear green and gold tablescape last holiday season, and I keep them in various places around the house year round. Super versatile, those little $1 votives.

I've been saving those wine bottles for a long time now because I really loved the color and the shape, so I was thrilled to finally figure out a way to use them! (And obviously I think that wine is delicious so I keep buying it and collecting more bottles.) I simply wrote out my friend's name on white card stock, cut out each letter, taped it to a toothpick which was subsequently taped to the back of the wine bottle tops. It can be removed any time and the bottles are good as new for the next project. I loved how the bottles gave the shelf some height.  I played up the metallic gold labels by placing a tealight candle in front of each bottle so the light would bounce around.  They were glowing and flickering all night, which was super charming.

Of course I had to decorate the shelves with a drawing of my BFF and myself from our high school volleyball days (a graduation gift her mom gave me back in 2004)!

That capiz garland was purchased on sale at West Elm last year, and it added more shimmer and glamour to the party. I loved it! I used it before to create my awesome capiz sunburst wreath, and these strands are the leftovers from that project.

On the menu? I kept it pretty simple– I'm no whiz in the kitchen. Caesar salad, caprese, pasta (whole wheat penne with chicken and vodka sauce), roasted asparagus, garlic bread, salted caramel cake and chocolate cake balls. Yes, we ate a lot of food for six ladies. After all, we were celebrating!

We all had so much fun catching up with each other, and the party was a great success. We toasted the birthday girl, had some quality girl time and got to eat cake– all on a random Wednesday night. What more could you ask for?

 * Happy Birthday, Kelsey! *

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