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Celebrate : Party in a box

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close up of table setting

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the grand table

2 the grand table

One of my favorite projects I worked on recently is the 'Customs made' story in our current December issue of Martha Stewart Living. When developing the Russia inspired table, I right knew away that this was how I wanted to decorate the table for my mother's 70th birthday party. I would shift it farther east to Japan, as her house is decorated in a very minimal Asian way. How fun would it be. But I realized quickly, that I wouldn't be able to fly to Germany just to decorate a table, so I decided to pack everything into a box for her to have all the decorations she would need.

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place mat, napkin ties, votive and lanterns

1 place mat, napkin ties, votive and lanterns

close up of napkin tie. Simply twist a doubled length of DMC gold metallic embroidery floss into a cord and knot both ends

2 close up of napkin tie. Simply twist a doubled length of DMC gold metallic embroidery floss into a cord and knot both ends

tied votive as example

3 tied votive as example

precut papers and string for the votives

4 precut papers and string for the votives

the advent calendar fits the decor as well

5 the advent calendar fits the decor as well

Clearly I couldn't cover a table, so instead I cut the paper into place mat size. I know she has red napkins, so I didn't include those ... her table is black and her plates are white, so gold with bright red accents would feel very Asian. And since I didn't have the punches, I came up with a quick idea to wrap votives (which I know she has), making sure I included pre cut papers, gold floss and double stick tape. I spray painted the paper and a few lanterns, included red, white and black lanterns plus string and twisted DMC gold metallic floss into napkin ties ...

It'll look great in her dining area, no !? Now if I could only be there.

Happy Birthday, Mami !!!!

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