and found this funny little setup pictured below, and the Gnome theme was born.
I know what you are thinking...how gauche! But trust me, this was as much fun to prepare for as it was to enjoy the day of the party.
Here are the components that eventually made up the centerpiece. First I had a mossy centerpiece in mind. I needed red polka dotted mushrooms....no where to be found! So I made the mushrooms below and had them kiln fired. I painted them with acrylics and sealed them. I enjoy free forming ceramics.
I haunted Dollar General and $ Tree until I hit the jackpot with the gnomes (there's a difference in elves and gnomes, you know!) They were about $2 each and I also found the metal flowers below at Dollar General for $1. Gnomes were too bright and had to be re- painted .
Below are the results...much better for color scheme!
Now what to use for the fern container? Someone volunteered a huge twig basket...and all of a sudden I had three! (Where do people store these huge beautiful things?) I added ferns, a moss bow ($ Tree), gnomes, mushrooms, moss covered pots, redbirds (s&p shakers from sale at Pier 1) and set everything on a six foot long wooden tray. Burlap (naturally) was the table topper of choice.
Queen Anne's Lace was interspersed, butterflies flitted throughout, and large acorns and moss filled in the bottom. It was a huge centerpiece and had to be complete all the way around since it could be seen from all directions.
Suddenly everybody got into the act and I ended up with lots of cute gnomes and extra accessories to add to the table centerpiece! Even borrowed some Tom Clark gnomes for you collectors.
On the library checkout desk (party central for the day), was a vignette of mossy mushrooms (from Paul Michael's), another gnome (they came out of everywhere..seems everyone has at least one), moss covered branches and birds. The large mushroom sat on top of a slice of wood that some of the ag boys cut for me! I had lots of help with this endeavor.
The moss covered twigs were $6 for a small bundle, but I just went outside and picked up sticks and made my own...expenditure...about $2 for moss.
I painted the mixed media cross in the background as a remembrance gift to our friend.
The guest tables (all 40 something of them) were decorated by my sweet friend and co-worker, Susan. She tromped around in ant infested weeds to gather all the Queen Anne's Lace. We used simple white cloths and clear vases holding the Queen Anne's Lace and a little fern frond.
Another little vignette using some of my co-worker's glass mushrooms! Look how pretty the light shines through!
Pictured above was the guest book and gift table centerpiece. (Remember, this was in the library. There is just so much ambiance you can create in a school library!) Our actual theme was "No Matter Where You Roam, Our School Will Always Be Your Home"...so the roaming gnome was in attendance everywhere...signs, on the guest book, etc.
There seemed to be some miscommunication about what was supposed to be written on the cake...so let it suffice to say...we had to do a little doctoring. HOWEVER...we made some little marshmallow mushrooms to go on top and it turned out fine.
To me, half the battle of decorating anything is to have a theme...at least a vague sense of what direction to head toward. Once you start things just evolve! Never would I have thought a gnome theme would be something I'd do for an adult, but it was engaging and just casual enough to be fun.
I am linking up with Tablescape Thursday and Catch a Glimpse Thursday...see button on right! Please, come visit...lots of pretty things!