The Bunny Picnic

My 2017 Easter Tablescape:  

Welcome to The Bunny Picnic, our theme for the 2017 Easter Table.

I draw my inspiration from one of my all time favorite Easter specials, “The Tale of The Bunny Picnic.”Which was a 1986 TV special, directed by Jim Henson and David G. Hillier, and is still shown annually on HBO in the spring, usually during Easter time. I must have watched this a thousand times as a kid, and this seasonal special has always held a special place in my heart.  So this year I chose to honor my holiday tradition of watching this tv show it with my interpretation of a Bunny Picnic tablescape, for Easter. 

To set the scene of a bunny picnic I incorporated several different sized picnic baskets, a large buffalo-check plaid table runner from Williams Sonoma, and a slew of sisal bunnies. I wanted the table to feel as if you accidentally stumbled upon the bunnies having a family picnic.  In the TV version of The Bunny Picnic you that you meet a family of bunnies each with their own very unique personalities, Mother & Father Bunny, Be-Bop, Twitch, Lugsy and of course my favorite Bean Bunny (wink, wink). 

This is where the fun sisal bunnies come into play. These are bunnies are available everywhere and they are all doing different types of fun springtime activities.  Two of mine came from Hobby Lobby (which is an extra 40% right now) and 2 from Pier 1 ( use code SAVE15).  

Every beautiful tablescape needs fresh flowers. For this arrangement I decided to use an actual picnic basket to house this floral creation. Mainly, because you all know how I love a multitask item, I can still utilize this picnic basket after the holidays. You may see it again in a future post since the possibilities are endless. Also when creating a centerpiece don’t be afraid to use unusual things, they will make the best conversation starters and really let your creativity shine through. 

I used white, pink, and lavender daisy’s, Ocean Song lavender roses, Jade roses, green ball Dianthus, purple Stock & dried cotton. The cotton adds a farm fresh rustic touch and plays up the whole Peter Cottontail vibe. I order my direct for the source with the Cottonman. The bunny heads were also purchased at Hobby Lobby as well, and they are just darling in this centerpiece. 

Next you can see I used my trusty burlap chargers that go with anything, I just love these!!! My mother’s beautiful white lace vintage Noritake china. Ball mason Jars glasses create a fun vibe for a picnic and added these fun stainless steel straws from Bed Bath & Beyond.  

We also added these sweet little mini picnic basket favors available from Beau Coup, save 20% now  with code ( SAVE20). We filled them with speckled robin’s egg candies for a fun take away favor. 

As a rule, I don’t always do place cards, as it depends on the dinner or event. However, these tiny picnic baskets do make a unique place card holder for more formal gatherings.

Designer Tip: Just hot glue the lids open to create a prop for your place card. 

 Finally, I folded these pretty pink Belgian Linen napkins from West Elm into bunny heads. You guys, up close these napkins are so pretty. They have a gold shadow thread that runs through out the entire napkin to add just a touch of sparkle. It adds just a hint of glamour to the table without trying to hard. I hope you have enjoyed visiting our Bunny Picnic Easter table, be sure to sign up below for you DIY guide to folding bunny napkins.

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A Whiskey Tasting Birthday Celebration

 A 40th Birthday Celebration surrounded by family, friends, cake and a Whiskey Tasting Bar!! What more could a man ask for?

 It’s that time of year again….. Birthday Celebration time. When we celebrate “the Ron half” of JENRON DESIGNS!!!!  I got a little nostalgic thinking about my husband’s big 40th birthday party we had last year, what a fun day it was. This year he’s getting breakfast in bed and going to see Logan. This is all he’s asked for, thank God I got a simple man.

I decided that even though the pictures are not to my current blog quality standards, I feel the content and concept is still something I want to share for TBT. We truly went all out for this party and did a blind whiskey tasting bar for our guests. We paired the samples with a large variety of Ron’s favorite bar snacks. Let’s be honest it was an upscale frat party….hahaha, the only difference was higher quality whiskey. 

Okay it is very hard to come up with a theme for a 40 year old man’s birthday. Male birthday’s have a tendency to take on either a sports theme or Backyard BBQ feel. Since Ron has a winter birthday, BBQ in the yard was a no go. As for the sports…. well unless your are into NASCAR or golf, that’s all that is happening around this time of year. I decide I want something with a manly cigar bar feel. He doe not smoke, however he does love Jack Daniels, and always has. That’s it, a Jack Daniels themed whiskey tasting party.
 I decided to create a logo based on the Jack Daniels Old No. 7 logo.  I chose to make  it an old No.40 in honor of his 40th birthday. These are some of the cupcake toppers I handmade. I also created numbered tags for the blind whiskey tasting and food menus.

Here is a finished picture of the Jack Daniels Vanilla Bean & Honey Cupcakes. I infused the icing with Jack Daniels Honey and also put some inside the cake batter as well. They tasted pretty darn good if I do say so myself, just the right balance of the whiskey flavor. You can also see how the theme of Jack Daniels Logo was carries into the food ID cards.

 At a large party, 30+ people,  it is important to lable your food clearly. So many people today have food allergies, and by having proper labeling you can advert a crisis. I also like to make easy grab and go appetizers so it’s easy to mingle, like these cute crudite’ cups. Pre sliced peppers, tri-color carrots and celery with a ranch dip in the base makes it easy to grab and go with no hassle of carrying a plate.  

In addition to having basic party drinks of bottled water, sodas, tea and lemonade, which can all be used as mixers for stronger drinks. I had him pick 6 whiskey’s he wanted to try and of course we made No. 7 would be his favorite Jack Daniels. Above is how we set up the actual whiskey tasting bar. We actually placed the various Whiskey’s  into matching decanter’s with numbers for a blind tasting. Some had fun flavors whiskey’s, while others were more refined international blends like Canadian or Irish Whiskey. I was able to find plastic thimble sized shot glasses, at Oriental Trading Company.  That way people could try all 7 kinds,  without having 7 full shots of whiskey. We also had tasting sheets for people to guess or make notes of what they tasted from each bottle before the big reveal. 

When you have a large party it always nice to have a fun activity to commemorate the event. I rented a photo booth because lets be honest if your drinking a lot of whiskey who doesn’t want pictures of that? We used great local company which provided all the props and even was able to match our custom logo theme to the top of the commemorative pictures. As the host we received a CD of all pictures taken and the guests were able to request the number of copies they wanted from the photo attendant.

I always like to do party favors, or giveaways. To me if people take the time out of there busy lives to come to your event, you should make them feel special. I found this cute idea on Pintrest and I just added our Jack Daniels theme to it. As our guests would leave for the evening, we plied them with a “Hit the Road Jack n’Coke” for night cap for later. Who says the party has end after you go home right?

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