I had fun.
This may take a couple of posts to cover.
I really like concentrating my theme decorations in one spot.
It makes a bigger impact.
Those balls are a decorating budget boon!
At less than two dollars a piece that's a lot of bang for your buck.
I also used animal print tissue paper on the table.
I picked up a couple of plastic zebra chargers
for just a couple of dollars each and then with
an assortment of animal print napkins
fanned out along the table,
It's a theme!
I also had small wooden bowls with peanuts in the shell
around the table and some more with chocolate
and ginger animal cookies around the house.
I had the zebra chairs.
...gotta know me...
I really had fun developing the food.
A couple of the items I made up and I'll get to those eventually,
but first I HAVE to talk about these cupcakes!
I stumbled upon the recipe on Epicurious.
They are banana cupcakes with peanut butter frosting.
The cake part is made with sour cream and they are so light.
Not at all like you think of banana bread.
The frosting is a slice of heaven.
It would be good on anything.
The only thing I changed up from the recipe was that
I used chopped honey roasted peanuts on top.
That extra little sweet just seemed right.
It was funny because these were a last minute addition
and turned out to be one of my favorite things!
Oh, and back to decorating;
Lory has like 50 small white plates she picked up at
Crate and Barrel
that we share for parties so no expense on paper plates
(I get my color or pattern in on the napkins)
and no landfill impact.
I have 24 footed iced tea glasses that work well
for just about any drink. I just keep them in the
box they came in and store them in the basement.
Another cost/landfill saving and
real glasses and plates just elevate the whole thing.
Don't you think?