Tablescapes, Rumble in the Jungle

This table was inspired by the recent “rumble in the jungle”

African animal centerpiece

My animals are well protected


On special occasions they are invited out of their case to join the party


They are extremely well behaved


They know hunting is not allowed here, only dining


They can roam freely on the table runner

wild kingdom

Ready to greet and entertain our guests


This table is set for 5

wild kingdom 2

So I balanced it by placing the main centerpiece at one end

off center centerpiece

3 tall candlesticks with earthy orbs and 2 shorter gold patterned candles

African animals 1

Each end of the table has a glass candlestick, inverted, and used as a vase for yellow roses

jungle animal table

Running cheetah candlesticks join the animals

rumble in the jungle 3

A low ceramic box sits in the center on a black embroidered silk table runner

African vibe table

Dior Casablanca china and hand painted leopard print glasses top gold foil dotted placemats, with water glasses in gold coasters

rumble in the jungle 5

The table was elegant yet comfortable

jungle animal table

The menu was impressive, but simple…everything can be prepared with ease or ahead of time

menu bottle

Now don’t you feel like having a little dinner party?  See the menu details below for inspiration~



POPPERS:  Prosciutto & Sausage Pineapple Poppers  got a new twist by using garden jalapenos, filled with purchased pineapple cream cheese and wrapped in bacon.   No photos, they were gobbled up  🐷

GOUDA GRITS: I took my traditional Baked Cheese Grits recipe and substituted Smoked Gouda for the cheeses

cheese grits

I was going to serve Bourbon Glazed Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Kebabs but since we had bacon on the poppers I just made simple Roasted Brussels Sprouts.  Prep takes 5 minutes and they will roast in the time it takes to grill the steak

Another easy, yet dazzling recipe to wow your guests is Roasted Fennel and Brussels Sprouts with Shallot and Bacon Salt found on Rock Star Roasted Vegetables here

roasted veggies

The main course was beef filet, marinated in our favorite Teriyaki Tenderloin Marinade and grilled.  Forgive the Christmas photo, I did not snap photos due to more gobbling   🐷

bourbon glazed brussels sprouts and bacon

Peanut Butter Pie in a Jar was handed out and taken to the living room to enjoy after dinner~

peanut butter pie jar 2

Follow the S formula: keep it SIMPLE, add some SPARK, and SPREAD out tasks over a few days to insure you won’t be STRESSED!

Juicy Details

Menu Bottle tutorial here

You can see more about Simple Dinner Parties here

My animals are from Uruguay, Artesania Rinocanda, collected years ago

Below you will see the same glass candlesticks full of shells this time…look around and see if you have something you can use in an unexpected way~


Leopard print glasses/JMdesigns

leopard glass

Tutorial for Painting Leopard Print here

Tutorial for Custom Candlesticks here and Painting Silver here

So glad you could come to the party!


I will be joining the fabulous parties and blogs on my side bar and

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21 Responses to “Tablescapes, Rumble in the Jungle”
  1. Mary says:

    I love your table top walk on the wild side Jenna! I’ve long admired your Fitz & Floyd dishes and your collection of animals are so fun let out of their cage to roam on your runner at the table! Your menu looks delicious 🙂

  2. Wow lovely!

  3. Emily says:

    Oh Jenna, I don’t even know where to begin. I love, love, love the table and I’ve always been a fan of using one’s collectibles for a centerpiece design. The animals are amazing, and the cheetah candlesticks are my favs. The china is so elegant and perfect with the animals. Stunning table and the menu delicious…………..

  4. Barbara says:

    That china is so beautiful! I have never seen it before. Love the collection of animals and they just look great on the table! Food photos are making me very hungry!

  5. Nellie says:

    Loved your animal kingdom table, so cute and clever. Your dishes were perfect for it too.
    Bet everyone had a good time looking at all those cute animal figurines…….
    Blessings, Nellie

  6. Lynn says:

    Garden jalapenos-lucky girl! I would love the poppers:@)

  7. Ellen says:

    Elegant and swanky! That china is absolutely gorgeous. I have never seen those little animals — but what a cool thing to collect. The menu looks quite delicious, too! I am cooking, nothing near this swell, but now you have me really hungry.

  8. Pam says:

    Your china collection is fabulous! I love the Dior for it is elegant and unique at each place setting! Love the no hunting only dining for the animals are just the perfect touch. Please take a peek of my post this week for I like unique, too!


  9. This is fun and elegant. Love the theme. Those are beautiful dishes and I love the addition of the jungle animals!

  10. Gorgeous table setting. The addition of the jungle animals is just too cute!

  11. Love the main centerpieces
    Visiting from the Table It Link Up!

  12. FABBY says:

    What a gorgeous table, wow! I love this setting’s china, dishes and your awesome collection of animals, so unique and so special! The centerpiece is awesome! Dropped by from Inspire me Tues. I’m pinning it.

  13. Marigene says:

    What a cool table, Jenna. That china is fabulous. Love all the little animals…especially the little wooly lamb.
    Have a great week.

  14. CraftyHope says:

    That menu sounds TO DIE FOR! I would definitely be gobbling before remembering the pictures too. Oh, and your little animals are so great! They are so unique-looking and out of the ordinary. What a fun party it must have been.

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