January may seem like an unusual time to travel, but nowadays, people travel year round. The travel industry is booming all year long because, with improved transportation, improved technology, more leisure time and more disposable income, any time can be the time to visit locales all over the world.
If you have a family member or friend who is taking a very special cruise or trip, you might want to do a bon voyage tablescape to send him or her off in style. You could also celebrate this traveler’s return with a welcome home party. These travel theme party decorations could also be used to excite your family or group about a big trip they plan to take together.
This tablescape uses vintage-look postcards I had found at Barnes and Noble over the years. Some of these were from the French Riviera, featuring both summer and winter sports. The other set was from the New York World Fair in 1939. But you could use postcards or pictures of any travel location–those to which the guest of honor is visiting would be very appropriate. You can find images online to suit your needs.
The centerpiece below is created with a gold metal photo-holder and the same vintage-look postcards used in the table runner. I found mine at the Goodwill, but you can find similar photo-holders in the framing departments of craft, discount, or department stores. I used two of my rust-colored crinkle satin napkins at the base of the holder to add color.
To create each place-setting on the white tablecloth, I used a scrapbook paper paper which has a vintage look with cancelled mail stamps on it. Themed scrapbook papers are available at craft stores and online.
I used my plain white 10 Strawberry Street dishes and dressed them up with a rust-colored crinkle-satin napkin knotted above a vintage postcard which can be addressed to each guest as a place-card.