Today, I will be discussing the tablescapes from my in-laws’ Golden Indian 50th Anniversary Party. For this party, we needed seating for 15 adults and 10 children. Luckily, it was a beautiful day and we were able to set up the adults’ tables and kids’ table outdoors. Once I decided to use an old sari for the tablerunners, the tablescapes were planned around the sari. Lots of Indian inspired elements were added to the both the adults’ and kids’ tables.
Adults’ Table – The tables were first covered with floor-length purple tablecloths (my father-in-law’s favorite color). I cut an old sari into two pieces for the tablerunners. Before the party, I searched for small gold pedestal bowls for fruit centerpieces; however, I was unable to find the right ones. So, I painted four small glass cake stands gold, using glass paint. Each cake stand was $5 and the paint was less than $5. The total cost for all four pedestals was less than $25. In addition to the gold pedestals topped with red apples, I scattered groupings of red flowers, candles and ceramic elephants down the center of the tables. Several vases and candle holders were made from mason jars that I painted with gold puffy paint to look like Indian lanterns. The elephant and lotus namecards at each placesetting pulled together all the colors of the party.
Jewel colored circle garlands were hung along the wall of our screened in porch. Often, for Indian celebrations, marigold garlands are used for decorations. The circle garlands were inspired by that traditional element. The garlands were made by punching different size circles in gold, ruby red, peacock, midnight blue and purple. The circles were attached to narrow ribbon using glue dots. This was an easy and expensive element, that added a festive look to the screens.
Kids’ Table – My husband put together the kids’ table using plywood and cinder blocks. Outdoor cushions were scattered around the table for seating. All the kids loved sitting on the ground at the low table. My daughter and I decorated the kids’ plastic cups using puffy paint, to give them a more Indian feel. Each glass had a straw with a “celebrate” flag. At each place setting, we used a Mandala coloring page as a place mat. Mandala is a Sanskrit word that means “circle” and it is a type of Hindu design, incorporating circles, squares and a center point. It was a fun way to keep the children entertained, but also learn a little about their culture. The kids’ napkins were wrapped with either a lotus or elephant napkin ring.
For all the details on the sweets table for this Indian party, please see the Dessert Table Post. Tommorrow, I will discuss all the extra little details from the party!