December 15th, 2010 |

Holiday Table Challenge: Scout – A Mom’s Guide to Stylish Living

I’m so excited to share today’s Holiday Table Challenge entry…..not only is it absolutely charming, but it was also done by a good friend of mine.  Let me introduce you to Melanie Knopke – a stylish mom living in Kansas City, a former retail buyer (we were co-workers and became great friends very quickly!) turned blogger.  She currently writes for the Kansas City Star, as well as her blog, Scout – A Mom’s Guide to Stylish Living, where she offers up style suggestions, great new finds and ideas on how to get the best for less.  Mel has impeccible style, and her taste shines thru in all of her posts…..Scout is a staple on my daily must-read list!

In her “free time”, Melanie makes a darling collection of girl’s hairbows.  Gorgeous ribbons, fabulous embellishments and so reasonably priced!  I love giving them as gifts to all of my little girl friends.  You can find these darling bows in her etsy shop, Mel-Belles.

When I asked Mel to participate in our Blogger’s Holiday Table Challenge, she immediately came up with a fabulous theme…..”Belles and Bows” – a hairbow-making party for her nieces.  I came up with some cute paper goods for her, and wait until you see where she went from there!  Read on for all of the lovely details, as told by Melanie:

I am not a professional party planner by any means, but I love to throw a great soiree whenever given the chance!  Being that I am the only girl in a house of boys, I thought it would be fun to get my nieces together and throw a very girly tea party! I make hair bows, and my nieces love to do crafts, so I also let each girl pick out ribbon and some sparkle to make one of their own. It was great to have a few hours of total girl time and I think my nieces had a blast. Here are some of the details…

Ribbon is an inexpensive way to dress up a table. Kelly had given me the trick of using ribbon for a runner, and it always looks so cute! I also used ribbon to wrap up the bottom of the napkins and secured them with a small pin and then a flower hair clip (the girls promptly put them in their hair!)  My favorite part of the table is the chairs! I got the idea from my friend Susan who had seen this on HWTM blog. I cut strips of fabric, and used some ribbon as well to drape down the back, then I just tied it together and tied on a silk peony. It’s an extremely inexpensive way to make a chair look fabulous.

I was on a budget for this party, so I really spent some time searching out inexpensive ways to make the table look festive. I found the tiny tree and canister in the dollar section at Target. The pink sparkly trees and pink glass bottles were from Hobby lobby and were $3.99 and $5.99 (half off, of course!) and I bought an assortment of ornaments at Target for about $8.99. The silk flowers were $10 a bunch at Hobby Lobby as well. The cut glass canisters were all mine handed down from my grandmother. I have already used them so much, and I think they make the table looks so pretty and feminine.  I found the adorable glass plate and cup set on Etsy from the vendor Halvorson’s. They are so gorgeous, and I can’t wait to use them again.

For the sweets table I used big gumballs, candy cane candies, M&M’s, a sweet chex mix (made with white chocolate chips, peanut butter and powdered sugar)and marshmallows dipped in white chocolate and pearl nonpareils to make snow covered marshmallows.

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