Wednesday, September 23, 2009

80's Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Thanks to Susan from Between Naps on the Porch for hosting Tablescape Thursday. This is my second week participating. Last week, I did a colorful Asian dinner theme and this week I'm doing a colorful 80's theme. So you don't think that I only do bright and colorful things- next week I'm going to do something dark and gloomy!

Here is a tablescape that I did for my birthday this year. I had an 80's Girls Just Wanna Have Fun party. I was chosen to be a SPEAKER at The Special Event this year - oh did I mention that on yesterdays post- anyway this party was not only to celebrate my birthday but to showcase that you can have a great party on a small budget! My class at The Special Event is titled Parties for Pennies so if you are going to the convention please come by my class and show some love!

My centerpieces glasses were bought at the Dollar Tree and so were the daisies. I mixed a few drops of acrylic paint in water until I got the desired color. Since the 80's were all about neon - I used neon color everywhere. I tried to make it more on the elegant side than the tacky side.

A close up of my place setting. I used ring pops as napkin rings. Do you remember those? I found the glass plates from Goodwill - I really love them.

Albums that I purchased from Goodwill served double duty, they were chargers and my menus.

Also, found the cassettes at Goodwill and spray painted them in neon colors. This took many coats of paint. Then I used a paint pen to write the names and used as namecards. I liked using items that were common in the '80s and repurposing them.

I used lanterns all of the time. They are inexpensive, come in every color and pattern and instantly colors and fills a space! Plus you can reuse over and over again. I originally bought these lanterns for a luau party.
I just bunched them together and hung with fishing wire from my dining room chandelier.

I bought these jelly bracelets from Oriental Trading Company but when I got them they could only fit my daughter (she is two). So I decided to throw them on the glasses. I think it turn out cute. When you have lemons make lemonade.

These awesome pictures were done by the most talented Marry Jordan! I am so blessed to have her as my photographer for my business and as my friend.


  1. Hello there. Lovely, fresh, fun and fab tablescape :o) I've not done one yet!! well done.

  2. The girls will be having a wonderful time with your beautiful tablescape. I love the neon colors of everything. You are so smart to use the old records as chargers. I thought the idea of stringing the lanterns together was wonderful. WOW!!! The extra touches you did are just perfect for the girls!!!!

    Katherine S.

  3. As a child of the 80s, I think this is fabulous. It is a little sad however, that the parties have moved through the decades...50s, 60s, 70s, and now 80s. I don't feel that old! Great table.

  4. Congrats on the table features! How fun.

  5. What a darling party with all the yummy details. Great table. Thanks for sharing this party. ~ Sarah

  6. You understand color and have used it well here. While I'm not sure if something can be stunning and fun at the same time, I think you've accomplished that here. I really like this table. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

  7. What a great setting! Colorfully elegant without an ounce of tackiness! I love your idea of using albums as chargers and menus.

    Great job! Thank you for sharing it with us!

    ~ Tracy

  8. Michelle...this is such a creative and beautiful tablescape! LOVE the albums as chargers! Awesome plates from GW! The cassette tapes made great place cards...very clever! Delightful tablescape...Happy Birthday, a wee bit late! :-) Susan

  9. Thank you ladies for all of the comments. I really enjoy being a part of TT. Thank you Susan for creating such a wonderful place to share ideas. I honestly look forward to Thursday now to see all of the tablescapes. I am new to blogging and now I'm addicted. LOL

  10. Takes me back to the '80's right away! I so remember the neon colours! Great ideas with the albums as charger plates and menus! Wonderful 'scape!


  11. Happy Belated Birthday Michelle!! I love this tablescape and all the bright colors! Wow, you have some creative ideas. The music theme is fabulous. I like the idea of the album and cassettes as chargers and place card holders. The plates from Goodwill are fantastic, I love the little bubbles in them. Who could give those up??!!

    Have a wonderful weekend, Michelle! ;-)


  12. What a fun & happy table!! Your ideas are so creative....old albums as chargers?? Who would think?!
    I will definitely benchmark (that means "copy") the way you threaded the sheer fabric through your chairs. It will work beautifully on my kitchen set...come see the backs of mine in this weeks TT post!

  13. i loved it.where can i buy those kind of balls?

  14. Awesome ideas!! But if you don't want to use old cassettes and icky spray-paint, there are colored cassettes for sale on eBay (search for "colored cassette tapes")or go here :

  15. omg, your party decoration is sooooooooooooooo very cute. i like how you took the bracelets and made "drink markers" out of them. that is so colorful and cool.