Tablescape: Congratulations Table

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If someone in your family or a special friend has been given a promotion at work or honored with an award, you may want to celebrate with a congratulations table for that individual! Everyone enjoys being acknowledged for their achievements, so pull out the stops and do something special.I love stars as a decorating motif because they can be used for so many occasions–Christmas, New Year’s, anniversaries, birthdays, and special occasions. I love to toss them into much of my tablescaping, and they are most appropriate for a congratulatory table. 

I found this starry red cotton tablecloth at Target at an after-Christmas sale and have used it for several different occasions. The red really show up with the gold. I used gold chargers with red-bordered Valentin dinner plates with gold napkins. The tall star centerpieces were Christmas decorations I bought on clearance. Usually you need to avoid tall centerpieces because they can obscure the guests’ view of the other guests. But because the stars in these decorative pieces were open in the centers, they would not block your guests’ view. I added red votive candles to add a sense of formality and elegance.I created a napkin band on my home computer printer to honor my son on his promotion, I called him our family’s “rising star” which fit with the theme of the table decorations, I typed my message centered on a blank document and inserted two stars as graphics. Then I copied and pasted it three more times on the document, printed it, cut the paper into four strips and folded the edges over the flat gold napkins in the center of each plate.

Anyone in the family of any age can be a “rising star.” You don’t need to wait for a big occasion–celebrate something small, especially for young ones, to help build up their confidence. We use these star decorations over and over again as a family tradition to celebrate special times. Enjoy!



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