Welcome to The Tablescaper. I had such an awesome time celebrating my 100th Seasonal Sunday with all of you. But do bear in mind that the Give Away is still open – until my third Blog-a-versary.
I have been blessed with two wonderful daughters and a wonderful son. As you have all seen, we’ve had some pretty amazing parties for my daughters.
But it seems, each year – at my son’s choosing – it’s pizza and video games in the basement for his birthday. This year I was determined to change that.
So, what do you serve a bunch of High School boys? Steak! – with all the trimmings.
I’ve got to admit that my son was a bit nervous. His cousin kept teasing him about what his “tablescape” was going to look like.
But I kept promising my son, and I held to my word, that there would be nothing frilly or flowery about it. It would be a total Steak House theme.
When the boys arrived, I don’t think they knew what to make of it. Clearly, they had never been to such a party.
My good friend Barbara lent me this cooler which she had recently received as a gift. I filled it with interesting sodas.
Yes, we had the standard Coke and Sprite on hand (they’re not drinking age in NY), but what really captivated their interest were these off the wall sodas I had purchased.
I heard one of them remark on the Chocolate soda, that he had never had one, but that his grandmother had always liked them. Suddenly they were sharing the interesting flavors. It was the perfect ice breaker (no pun intended).
I took their orders and Mr. Scaper grilled each steak to perfection.
While planning the party, I was racking my brain as to how to creatively bring forth the Steak House theme (particularly in my then very floral dining room). I knew I would be using these awesome white platters that I had purchased at Christmas Tree years ago. Pencil holders from Dollar Tree, lined with white paper, brought forth the industrial feeling I was seeking.
Nothing like fries with some seasoned salt.
Wherever possible I injected a bit of stainless.
Now, what do you get a bunch of High School boys as party favors? ITunes gift cards, in envelopes that also served as place card holders, made of overgrown paper clips, also from Dollar Tree. Not all of the guys knew each other, as my son had drawn from varies friendship circles. It gave me the chance to teach him the fine art of assigning seats.
Afterwards they adjourned to the basement (with the large flat screen TV) and watched a movie. I was warned that it would be R rated, since he could now legally watch it.
I let them get into their movie and digest their dinner. I didn’t hover, but when I appeared with a tray full of warm pop corn, no one seemed to mind my momentary presence.
I allowed some more time to pass (basically I was doing the dishes) before I again appeared with this tray full of goodie – including my son’s favorite lobster spread from Costco. I intentionally used the glass, stainless and red to continue the theme.
My favorite creative moment when planning this party was deciding to use the paper towel holder to hold the hot pretzels.Perhaps this will spur you on for a creative Father’s Day celebration.
I’m joining the following parties:
Let’s Dish at Kathleen’s along with Ivy and Elephants for What’s it Wednesday;Uncommonly Yours at Uncommon Designs;for Susan at Between the Naps for Tablescape Thursday;Kathy of A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden Thursday;Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday;Sheri at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home;Courtney of French Country Cottage for Feather Your Nest Friday;Alison of Stuff and Nonsense for Fridays Unfold.
In honor of my 100th Seasonal Sundays
(which was this past Sunday)
and my THIRD Blog-a-versary,
I’m having a GIVE AWAY of a $100.00
gift certificate to HomeGoods or TJMaxx.
Click HERE for all of the details.
- The Tablescaper