There’s nothing like the rush of adreline when you realise you have guests coming for dinner and at the last minute. I recently had a friend make a surprise visit from Cambodia. Not only was she coming for dinner, but it was her birthday the day prior. I wanted to celebrate it, so I pulled together some last minute birthday dinner party details. I raided my kitchen cupboards and party boxes for bits and bobs and came up with these simple DIY ideas. It was a challenge, but I was up for it!
The Last Minute Birthday Dinner Party Details
Up-cycled brown bottles for vases
I found some leftover mini brown bottles sitting in my party cupboard and decided to use them as floral vases on the table. Instead of using just one or two, I decided to use five of them (odd numbers looks best when grouped together). I filled each bottle with pretty pink roses that I borrowed from Mademoiselle Belle’s room and placed them down the centre of the table. One detail down…a few more to go.
Next up, I pulled out some old-school ribbon streamers from my party box . I chose complementary pastel colours and unrolled them to lay in curls down the centre of the table. We then made a simple wall decoration by sticking curled streamers in a cascade down the wall. It looked really festive now – perfect for a last minute birthday dinner party.
To keep the table fun and informal, I used paper placemats by Kitchen Papers (from The Super Cool) at each setting. These placemats have fun designs and you can use them as place cards by writing guests’ names in the centre of them. I used a chalk pen to write the names.
To eat, I made this delicious chicken tagine with cous cous and served an amazing birthday cake from Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio. It was an intimate and fun birthday dinner party. Thankfully this doesn’t happen too often, but when it does, I now have this little last minute dinner party to inspire me. I hope it inspires you too.
Image above: A festive dinner table
Image above: My go-to table placemats by Kitchen Papers.
Image above: Old school ribbon streamers.
Image above: Roses and candelight on my festive dinner table.