Using Lace in the Kitchen & Ribbons on Party Tables

28 Jun

A change of scenery always gives a chance for inspiration and rejuvenation, but when it comes from visiting family this adage is doubly true.

29 years of being sisters, from then to now: on far right, Robin is shown as a 3-year-old with her younger sister, Kathrine.

{Using Lace in the Kitchen & Ribbons on Party Tables}

It was a beautiful weekend celebrating the magic of life and the remarkable growth of one generation into the next.

My long-weekend in Boston was spent with my immediate family and sister’s in-laws to celebrate my second sister’s approaching arrival of her first-born.

The daddy-to-be Greg (far left) and his brothers.

Much of the time I was awe struck at how we went from being kids ourselves, to having kids, adjusting my perspective and doing double-takes looking at my sisters being moms — one with child and one already a mother of two.

In a way, it’s an identity crisis — a crisis of shifting how I identify my sisters as childhood playmates to now being wives and mothers.

I marvel at seeing these relationships develop and the interactions — phenomenal evidence of life and time marching on.

In the middle of this whirlwind of marveling, I was inspired by the simple ideas that our hostess mother-in-law had for the party. Because my sister and brother-in-law have chosen not to learn the baby’s gender, Mrs. Bright made a gorgeous table decoration by weaving pink, blue, green and yellow ribbons together for a simple and elegant way to bring color to the table, without it being overly baby’fied.

She said the idea came from seeing a birthday table decorated using crepe streamers, but thought the crepe paper would be too messy if it got wet from food or spills — causing the dye to bleed, so she opted for ribbon. Spoken like a veteran mom!

Mrs. Bright also had another beautifully chic do-it-yourself decorating idea. Having bought the house with the window-paned cabinet doors, she wasn’t a fan of the style but found a chic way to make-do.

She took lace table runners and tacked them to the interior of the cabinet doors to allow for privacy of her every day dishes and cooking wares.

The lace creates a fresh detail in the kitchen with a nice contrast against the wood tone and allows for the less aesthetic stack of dishes to be neatly hidden, while saving the cost of having to redo the cabinets.

The extra length, Mrs. Bright folded over in the style of a valence.

Fastened by screws, the lace detail can also be held in place my thumbtacks or upholstery tacks.

As a big fan of lace and repurposing table clothes, table runners or curtains, this idea scored big in my book of brilliant “thrifty, vintage, chic” style tips!

What unique ways have you decorated parties with repurposed items? Or updated your cabinets?

A darling vintage tea pot I fell in love with in Mrs. Bright's china cabinet.

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