Category Archives: Tablescapes

Christmas Color Preview: Shades of Green


Christmas green centerpiece

Green has been a wildly popular color this year.  But not just any shade of green.  If you’ve been paying attention, you may have noticed that people–both women and men–are wearing bright, neon greens.

neon green 2014

It’s definitely become a trend in the world of sporting apparel, most likely due in part to the Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl win earlier this year.  The team refers to their trademark, yellow-green as Action Green.  This bright hue is also referred to as Volt and Hyper Green. There is also a lime-ier, less yellow version of this green (as shown above in the lower right corner).

Christmas greenery2

mixed greens: magnolia leaves and evergreens

These greens are finding their way into our homes and are sure to be very popular this fall and into the holiday season for 2014.  The trend will be to mix them up with darker, traditional Christmas Green.  So, in anticipation, here are design ideas for your holiday table and tree.  Be sure to bookmark or pin them…I know it’s hot outside but Christmas is only 6 months away!

christmas table by kelly porter

create a fab holiday table with green, brown and retro place settings

my green, vintage table setting


green holiday table by kelly porter


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use green, gold and white to create an elegant Christmas tree

design and photos by Kelly Porter

Have A Golden New Year!

I just stumbled upon this gorgeous gold New Year’s tablescape that I wanted to share!


This luxe table setting was designed by Cathy of Noble Pig Winery.  I love how she incorporated gold into her theme.  In fact, I think gold will be a very hot metallic-hue in 2013…


…But this decor also reminds me to live my life like it’s golden in the new year!  This tune from Jill Scott – “Golden” should definitely be in your playlist in 2013!




Check out more great pictures of this table setting at

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

Fall Color Scheme {with a splash of green}

Green is a fall color, too…

fall table setting

…Think Granny Smith apples, pre-ripened berries, gourds and foliage.  Some trees even drop their leaves while still in a green state.

This is the perfect time of year to discover a new color palette for your home or party, and if you love green, rest assured that this hue is not just for summer!

Green, brown and gold combined create an earthy, comfortable color palette that never grows old.

{Granny Smith apples and Holly berries}

Click Here to download the free FALL Printable Labels featured in this post.

Fall Dessert Table Ideas

Attention Fab Fall Party People!  In this post, I’m sharing photos of my Autumn and Thanksgiving Dessert Tables!

Not only are these tables infused with a surprise pop of blue, but they also feature my new Autumn Printables.

The hues were inspired by a vintage quatrefoil pattern.  I digitally enhanced the print and used it to design the printables.  I love the unique variations of the pattern, and blue is a fun, unexpected color to use in autumn decor.

Orange burlap makes a great backdrop and tablecloth, and you’ll see I displayed cupcakes two different ways:  on a cake plate with a mini-pumpkin tower in the center {above}, and…

on a small bale of hay {which you can get at the craft store}.  The candy corn topiaries are a take on my baby shower topiaries. This does take a huge dose of patience and hot glue…but since Halloween candy is now on sale, why not try it?

For the base, I used those gorgeous colbalt-blue Saratoga water bottles.  LOVE the way they turned out!

These Dessert Tables are perfect for Thanksgiving or Autumn birthdays.  I hope you were inspired!

Design and photographs by Porter House Designs.