A DIY Spring Tablescape for Two: Emily of Oh Hello, Love

This week, join me in welcoming Emily of Oh Hello, Love.  I met Emily back in 2007 while living in Chicago.  She is one of those people who captivates and inspires; she sticks to your soul.  I hear her wise, encouraging voice in my head on bad days.  She's that kind of lady.  In addition to being incredibly wise and heartbreakingly adorable, she is a phenomenal designer, DIYer, and party throw-er.  Today, she's stopped by to help us throw a little party of our own.  Thanks, Emily!  

Hello, all! I'm Emily and I usually blog at Oh Hello, Love. A few weeks back, Lindsey asked if I'd guest post for her and I was so excited. She told me her thinking was "Spring! Party! DIY!" and apologized for not offering more guidance. Those three words were all I needed. I laid awake that night. I mentally ran through Spring colors, foods, words. Anything I related to Spring. After a bit, I settled on lemons. Their color. Their scent. Their pleasant little shape. It was the dead of this most dreadful winter and to me, the lemon held everything I hoped Spring would bring. I set out to create a tablescape for a Spring celebration for two. And I established two rules:

  1. Make use of things I already own
  2. Keep purchases to a minimum, both in quantity and in cost.

In blogworld, sometimes there is the notion that money is infinite and irrelevant. My bank account begs to differ. The tablescape I created can easily be replicated. Perhaps not exactly because what you have on hand may be different than what I have on hand. But the idea here is to celebrate spring and love and the end of this winter. With some planning and creativity, this can most certainly be done.

 

Many of the projects involved (the poem cutouts, the placecards, the heart confetti) came together just as I had imagined, which does not always (usually) happen. I am convinced that when you set out to make a picnic for two to celebrate Spring and love, the world conspires with you.

 

 

 

So for the cost of garden roses, two mini bottles of San Pellegrino Limonata, two paper plates and napkins, and a couple of lemons, I had a perfectly springy table for two. How lovely would it be to surprise a friend or a loved one with a breakfast or lunch on a beautiful Spring day?

 

Thank you, thank you to Lindsey for providing me the inspiration (and excuse!) for this little party for two!