Category Archives: Spring Entertaining

Modern Centerpiece Idea For Spring

vintage centerpiece by kelly porter

If you follow design trends closely, you’ve probably noticed that vintage bar carts and drinking glasses are super hot right now!

bar cart


bar styling by annesage


So, for my latest spring centerpiece I decided to play on this trend by using vintage drinking-glasses as my containers.  I snatched up my drinking-glass caddy at the thrift store for less than $20 {you can also find them online at Etsy, eBay and on-line flash sale sites}.

centerpiece design by kelly porter

Pink roses and yellow tulips create a classic, casual centerpiece that can work for a bridal shower, baby shower or any spring party.

drinking glass caddy

vintage drinking glasses

Stay tuned for more spring entertaining ideas!

Centerpiece design and photographs by Kelly Porter

Party Idea: Sweet and Citrus

I haven’t posted a party idea in a while…

…so today I’m featuring this gorgeous ice cream soda station created by  This is such a fun ‘warm weather’ idea for outdoor celebrations.  I love the citrus colors, pops of hot pink, and the casual feel of the design.

{Aren’t these straws adorable?}

I was also amused by the colorful paper chain:

I don’t think I’ve made paper chains since I was in elementary school!  But I love the simplicity of them.  Making a paper chain is a little labor intensive, but it’s a cheap and wonderful way to bring color, texture and a little retro vibe to your party.  In this featured design, similar (analogous) colors were used to create a warm color scheme:

And, of course the best party set-ups are all about the details…such as coordinating napkins and colorful candy.

For more juicy details about this party idea, visit

‘Jewelry Stand’ Centerpiece

If you’re like me and you own a lot of jewelry, chances are you might have a tiered jewelry stand similar to mine:

If you have one, look beyond those earrings and bracelets.  Your jewelry stand will make a great addition to a spring dessert table or table setting — just layer on some candy, cookies or cupcakes.  I turned my stand into a colorful centerpiece using flowers and spice drops.

…And for those of you who sell handmade jewelry, this would make a great centerpiece for a jewelry party.  I’m sure you can come up with even more ideas!

All photographs by Porter House Designs

Spring Centerpieces {Part 1}

I’m so excited to share my new {and easy} Spring Centerpiece designs with you!

Between now and Easter — April 4 — I’ll showcase a variety of colorful creations that I hope will give you ideas for those upcoming Spring celebrations, whether you’re having a big event or small gathering.  I decided to do this because my ‘Colorful Spring Centerpieces’ story from 2009 is one of the most visited posts on my blog, so I wanted to give you a first-hand look at what I’ve been working on for this year’s spring events.

This first arrangement of tulips and hyacinth was inspired by ribbon-tied wedding bouquets.  I wrapped two types of ribbon around a glass vase, and where the ends came together I applied acrylic flower decals.  Easy and elegant!

For a super-contemporary look {and a little more bling}, this next centerpiece is minimal but is still packed with style.

This crystal-encrusted ‘vase’ is actually a votive holder that I bought last Christmas.  They were widely available during the holidays, so perhaps you have something similar.

Adding pompom mums and candles in the same shade of green makes a nice contrast to the lilac.  This is a very simple centerpiece that you can multiply and display on mini-platters.

I’m just getting started, so be sure to check back and see what’s new and fresh for your Spring table!

All designs and photos by Kelly Porter of Porter House Designs

Centerpiece Idea: Pink Peonies

With just a few more weeks left of spring, I was delighted to find beautiful bunches of pink peonies at my local grocery store.

Pink and white always make a great color combo for spring centerpieces.  Place your peonies in a white ceramic vase or milk glass container for a vintage look — perfect for a baby shower or ladies luncheon.   A huge plus — peonies have an amazing fragrance!

If you’re sold on peonies for your upcoming event, keep in mind that their growing season ends around the first part of the summer.