Tablescapes, Birthday Party

May is full of birthdays in our family and I wanted to celebrate them all by setting a fun table in honor of my grandsons, my sister, my brother in law,  my niece and goddaughter.

birthday party table

Birthdays are all about CAKE right?

strawberry cake


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Yep! That’s what I think too!

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This puzzle cake appears at every family birthday, it has been a tradition around here since my kids were Super Boy’s age.  I used this wooden cake and the silver wrapped gifts in January for my MILs birthday, A January Birthday with a Sweetheart Cake.

birthday table 1a

Normally I’m not good at finding bargains but I did find these pink straw mats at CTS last summer for $.50 and I love them, use them all the time!

birthday tablescape 2

I added some bud vases with garden roses tucked in between the faux gifts

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the base of the centerpiece is a cake stand turned upside down


and topped with a wooden charger


the gifts hide the legs so the white cake stand looks like a tray

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The ceramic cupcake dishes are in 4 different designs with a coordinating square plate.  I can tuck some surprises inside for party favors. I bought this set a few years ago on

cupcake ribbon ring

The pink pin dot napkins are tied with a “cupcake” ribbon

place card

I pulled out these silver chair place card holders and decorated them with a cupcake paper folded in half.

painted silver tray

I have been experimenting with painting silver trays and this one happened to be the right color palette so it found a place on the table


You can see the piece before on the far right in the above photo.  I recently went through my old silver and sold some things to a silver dealer.  He wasn’t interested in these pieces because they are just silver plated and not worth much.  I decided to liven this old bread tray up a little…what do you think?  I felt terrible painting this pretty piece, but I love it now! I will probably paint some of these other ones too, better to re-use than being wrapped away in a closet!

Do you like painted silver pieces? I just used my regular glossy acrylic paint.

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Thanks for helping me celebrate all of my May birthdays!

I must confess, this is a fantasy tablescape.  My sister, brother in law, niece and goddaughter all live in California so they can’t be here… Super Boy and Big E are coming over for cake and presents but will NOT be sitting at this table, they are not the neatest of eaters! They will be in the kitchen in a high chair and on a counter stool with child friendly dishes!

The polka dot painted glassware, silver tray and cake painting are my own creations, you can see more at JMdesignsGallery


I’m joining some of these great parties this week:




A Stroll Thru Life for INSPIRE ME TUESDAY

The Gunny Sack for TIME TO SPARKLE

Memories by the Mile for TUESDAY TRIVIA

Savvy Southern Style for WOW US WEDNESDAY

Cuisine Kathleen for LET’S DISH

Rattlebridge Farms for FOODIE FRIDAY

Alderberry Hill for MAKE THE SCENE MONDAY


No Minimalist Here for OPEN HOUSE THURSDAY

the Answer is Chocolate for BFF OPEN HOUSE

The Busy Bee’s for THURSDAY BLOG HOP

Crafts ala mode for WHAT TO DO WEEKENDS

The Country Cook for WEEKEND POTLUCK

check out these amazing blogs!

24 Responses to “Tablescapes, Birthday Party”
  1. Emily says:

    Oh my goodness, what a lovely way to celebrate all your May birthdays. Your table is b’day perfection with lovely details down to the cupcake ribbon! I love your wooden cake, what a great centerpiece. Happy Birthday to all………….

  2. Kim Hood says:

    OK, there is so much here to talk about. I hope I remember everything. Love the puzzle cake! Love the way you turned your cake stand upside-down and formed a taller centerpiece! Love the way you painted the silver piece! Love the pink place mats! Love the fun cake painting! Love the cupcake plates, ribbon-napkin ties, and ceramics! Love everything about your table! As always, you inspire me. 🙂

  3. Marigene says:

    What a very cute, very creative table…I love the birthday cake puzzle. Cute card holders.
    Have a great week, Jenna…

  4. The cake puzzle is the bomb. I would love to spend a day with you and see you do this from start to finish my friend.

  5. lulu says:

    I love the effort you make for your family even if it is a fantasy. There’s a little fun here for everybody. I see some familiar pieces in your silver plated rejects. I never thought to try and paint them, and even if I did it would look as spectacular as yours.

  6. Never, ever, ever in a billion years would I have thought you could paint over silverplate!!! I had NO idea! Jenna!!!! This is fantastic! What a great idea! You did a beautiful job with the bread tray, and I know you’re going to rock your talent with all the rest of that stuff!!! If you don’t use it in its current state, I see no reason not to paint it and get lots of future use! Wow!!!!!!!! You really have a great talent there!

    I remember the puzzle cake from earlier this year! Fun!!!

  7. This is definitely delightful, Jenna! The colors and ingredients are fabulous.

  8. What a great fantasy tablescape! I hope everyone enjoyed their birthday celebrations ;o) This is the first time I have seen the puzzle cake. How fun! I love what you have painted.

  9. WOW! Love all the stunning colors and if those adorable place card holders? LOVE THEM!!

  10. Jenna, those silver pieces painted look fabulous. I would never ever have the nerve.. I’d be afraid I’d mess it up! Cute cute table. I love the centerpiece. The puzzle candles are amazing pieces. Happy birthday to one and all! xo marlis

  11. Botanic Bleu says:

    What an amazing painting job on the old silver-plate tray. The whole table setting is fun, fun, fun…


    • Botanic Bleu says:

      Did I tell you that you made my day with your comment on my blog? I am now following on bloglovin’


  12. Oh this is just too much fun. It’s a shame that it won’t really be used. Love the colors and your creativity.

    – The Tablescaper

  13. OMG, what a surprise……I have that same puzzle cake from when my kids were little!!! I’ve never seen another one before!!! I got it from a Lillian Vernon catalog for my daughter when she turned 8, and we used it many times!!

    • Ha! I have been desperately trying to remember where I got it! Lillian Vernon, of course! Back in the days when you didn’t get a zillion catalogs, I remember how much I enjoyed that one and would “treat” myself to something every so often. We have had more fun with that crazy little cake, do you still use yours? Thanks so much for commenting, next time I use it I can tell this story!

  14. Mary says:

    Jenna~ How much fun is this! The puzzle cake is too darn cute and your use of the cupcake wrappers as place cards and the stand upside down is genius! LOVE your painted bread tray!! You should post a tutorial on painting silver! Wouldn’t it be fun to paint a silver tea or coffee pot? I don’t have the patience or mad painting skills, but what fun to repurpose and bring new life to a discarded piece!

    • Thanks Mary, I have been thinking about doing a post on painting silver pieces but wasn’t sure how people would like it. I’ve had lots of positive comments so I probably will experiment a little further! Thanks so much for the suggestion, I do have a silver pitcher that I have set aside…

  15. Kitty says:

    Jenna, I love your painted silver tray! What a fantastic job you did on it and you’re right, now you’re enjoying it and that’s. a good thing. Your whole table is just plain fun, colorful and whimsical.

  16. Ann O says:

    Please do a silver painting tutorial. You are so creative. The table is perfection. What more can I say?

  17. Diane says:

    I have never considered painting a silver piece. Wow – if I could paint like that, I would decorate everything in my house! Love your birthday table – you have such darling tableware!

  18. Julie says:

    Love the cake puzzle, what a wonderful family tradition! Thanks for visiting my website and the encouraging comments. My “getting my feet wet in blog land” has been fun, so far!

  19. Rettabug says:

    What a happy, happy table! That centerpiece with the upside down cake plate was positively Brilliant…I am sooo copying this idea…hope you don’t mind?
    I’m VERY impressed with your artistic ability & love what you did to the old silverplated tray. Delightful!

  20. Darling birthday table, and your painted silver tray is outstanding. Love your design on the tray. Great idea! Cherry Kay

  21. Liz @ Infuse With Liz says:

    Well how cute is this!! I saw that charger on top of the other piece and my mind said “brilliant”! I use those chargers a lot and they are the most versatile pieces! Big wow on the silver tray you painted! You are talented! The cupcake wrapper place cards are too darn cute! All your details are adorable! I love tradition and the puzzle cake strikes a homerun!

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