I know one thing for sure — moms around the world have more than earned the right to their own special day. As the daughter and daughter-in-law to two lovely moms, I’m of the mind that Mother’s Day really should come at least once a week! But since I have this one day to show them just how much I care, I went all out with a colorful and thoughtful ice cream social tablescape fit for the main ladies in my life.
Happily, going “all out” did not require a major budget or designer labels. No, I was able to pull it all off simply by accenting my collection of white dishes and vintage glassware with a few coordinating patterns of scrapbook paper. Clocking in at just 50-odd cents a piece, these pretty pieces of paper are my absolute favorite go-to DIY supply.
To achieve the look of springtime chargers for my dessert plates without actually splurging on extra tabletop accessories, I grabbed the most vibrantly patterned scrapbook paper (the floral) and cut it to size using a standard dinner plate as my template.
For the other two patterns of paper, I decided to turn one into my idea of modern doilies to go under the tiny ice cream bowls, and the other was repurposed as name cards. I simply used a three-inch paper punch to cut my doilies to size, and snipped squares out of the other paper to create the name cards. To finish the look, I wrote my guests’ names (including the guest of honor!) in calligraphy script using a Sharpie marker. In no time, I had a table fit for an ice cream social in my mom’s honor!