Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Steak House Party

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Welcome to The Tablescaper. I had such an awesome time celebrating my 100th Seasonal Sunday with all of you. But do bear in mind that the Give Away is still open – until my third Blog-a-versary.

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I have been blessed with two wonderful daughters and a wonderful son. As you have all seen, we’ve had some pretty amazing parties for my daughters.

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But it seems, each year – at my son’s choosing – it’s pizza and video games in the basement for his birthday. This year I was determined to change that.

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So, what do you serve a bunch of High School boys? Steak! – with all the trimmings.

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I’ve got to admit that my son was a bit nervous. His cousin kept teasing him about what his “tablescape” was going to look like.

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But I kept promising my son, and I held to my word, that there would be nothing frilly or flowery about it. It would be a total Steak House theme.

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When the boys arrived, I don’t think they knew what to make of it. Clearly, they had never been to such a party.

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My good friend Barbara lent me this cooler which she had recently received as a gift. I filled it with interesting sodas.

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Yes, we had the standard Coke and Sprite on hand (they’re not drinking age in NY), but what really captivated their interest were these off the wall sodas I had purchased.

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I heard one of them remark on the Chocolate soda, that he had never had one, but that his grandmother had always liked them. Suddenly they were sharing the interesting flavors. It was the perfect ice breaker (no pun intended).

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I took their orders and Mr. Scaper grilled each steak to perfection.

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While planning the party, I was racking my brain as to how to creatively bring forth the Steak House theme (particularly in my then very floral dining room). I knew I would be using these awesome white platters that I had purchased at Christmas Tree years ago. Pencil holders from Dollar Tree, lined with white paper, brought forth the industrial feeling I was seeking.

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Nothing like fries with some seasoned salt.

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Wherever possible I injected a bit of stainless.

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Now, what do you get a bunch of High School boys as party favors? ITunes gift cards, in envelopes that also served as place card holders, made of overgrown paper clips, also from Dollar Tree. Not all of the guys knew each other, as my son had drawn from varies friendship circles. It gave me the chance to teach him the fine art of assigning seats.

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Afterwards they adjourned to the basement (with the large flat screen TV) and watched a movie. I was warned that it would be R rated, since he could now legally watch it.

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I let them get into their movie and digest their dinner. I didn’t hover, but when I appeared with a tray full of warm pop corn, no one seemed to mind my momentary presence.

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I allowed some more time to pass (basically I was doing the dishes) before I again appeared with this tray full of goodie – including my son’s favorite lobster spread from Costco. I intentionally used the glass, stainless and red to continue the theme.

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My favorite creative moment when planning this party was deciding to use the paper towel holder to hold the hot pretzels.Perhaps this will spur you on for a creative Father’s Day celebration.

I’m joining the following parties:

Let’s Dish at Kathleen’s along with Ivy and Elephants for What’s it Wednesday;Uncommonly Yours at Uncommon Designs;for Susan at Between the Naps for Tablescape Thursday;Kathy of A Delightsome Life for Home and Garden Thursday;Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday;Sheri at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home;Courtney of French Country Cottage for Feather Your Nest Friday;Alison of Stuff and Nonsense for Fridays Unfold.

In honor of my 100th Seasonal Sundays

(which was this past Sunday)

and my THIRD Blog-a-versary,

I’m having a GIVE AWAY of a $100.00

gift certificate to HomeGoods or TJMaxx.

Click HERE for all of the details.

- The Tablescaper


Aledia said...

Oh my goodness!! I absolutely LOVE your theme, you thought of everything. I love the use of the pencil creative.

I'm sure they were rather surprised!
Thank You for sharing and have a wonderful evening!

Aledia @ Plum Perfect

Gina said...

You are amazing, right down to the last detail! Your son is a lucky kid.

Entertaining Women said...

It's always harder to create the great masculine Tablescaper. You hit a home run! Love the pencil holders for the fries! Next...your birthday celebration! Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Great job, and I love the theme! My sons would surely enjoy this! Your son will always remember this special celebration.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a wonderful party! Love the theme and how very masculine it is! From the great way to serve fries to the popcorn and pretzels it was fabulous! Hugs, LInda

kitty said...

OMGosh, what a great party for your son! I'm sure he (and all the guys) appreciated every last detail that you did in his honor. Fabulous job!!

PAT said...

I love this table! Absolutely wonderful!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I think you did an absolutely fabulous job! What fun!! The cooler as the centerpiece was a stroke of genius. I'm sure the boys had a wonderful time.

Jocelyn @

allisamazing said...

What a wonderful birthday theme for your son! I loved it :)

Melissa said...

That has got to be one of the most creative teen parties I've seen!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Alma, This is just the most creative fun tablescape! I am going to keep this in mind for Father's Day! Such a great table!!!!
Your son and his friends just have had such a great night!

A very happy birthday to your son!
Fun, fun and creative post!

Mary said...

What fun~ I love the pencil holders for fries & paper clip place card/gift holders! Paper towel holder for pretzels~ genius :)

Barbara F. said...

I am not at all surprised.....only you could handle a bunch of teen age boys and serve them dinner in the dining room, absolutely spot on with the table setting, (no paper plates or cups!), food, everything. Your kids are very lucky! xo


OMGoodness, another awesome party!! Can I hire you for my upcoming grand Victoria's 8th, bithday party??!! Wow, what a fabulous and very manly theme idea, you are an amazing mom! I love the fries holders, so clever! Thank you for your lovely visit and your good wishes for my Sil.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Honestly, just when I think you have gone over the top with another of your children's parties you do this.

I mean is it CLEVER or what????

I am just memerized with your talents, truly I am!

Robin said...

You are absolutely the best mom ever! What a great idea to treat your son and his friends as honored guests in your home. What a wonderful menu and your tablescape is very hip and masculine.

Robin Flies South

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

What a great idea for your son and friends...I am sure your home is one of their favorite places to go....French Fries and pencils??? How great is creative, I love it!...You are a great mom!!!...I am sure you have been told that many, many times!

A Toile Tale said...

This was absolutely the most creative post I've seen in a long time. I just loved the way you used classic items and presented it in such a contemporary way. A plus!
Linda @ A Toile Tale

Kathleen said...

I love this, what a great party! I am sure the young men thoroughly enjoyed themselves, what was NOT to like. You carried it out beautifully! Very sweet of Barbara to lend you her new gift too, it is great!

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

hah! love that- papertowel pretzel holder ! well done MoM !!

The Shop Around the Corner said...

Absolutely genious!! I think I'll save this idea for our son's 23rd birthday in the fall. Or maybe father's day next month. LOVE it.
The food looks great too, btw. ;)
Much love,

A Cottage in the Clouds said...

Well done, indeed! The steakhouse theme was fabulous. Sounds like a great party for those young men. Super idea with the soda varieties.

chedeb5353 said...

Love it! How do come up with all of these great ideas??

Sarah said...

You don't miss a beat! Very clever ideas for this one. I love the black and red textiles, the pencil holders, and those over sized paper clips. Great guy details! Happy Birthday to your son.

Scribbler said...

You have to be the cleverest party-giver on earth! This looks incredibly good to me.

Designs By Pinky said...

Well, aren'y you just the most creative girl! This is wonderful, I love it all. The FF's in the pencil holders and the paper towel holder: genius:):) So neat. The steaks looked great too. XO, Pinky

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Lady you continuously amaze me! I love this one too! This is not only great for a son but for a hubby's party too. So many cute idea's here but I especially love the ice breaker sodas! Great job!

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Wonderful Party! NOW I'm craving BBQ Steak! What a fun memory for them all... You should be VERY PROUD!
Have a fun week, They promise the sun will shine through the weekend,

elizabeth said...

Everything is perfect for a guy party! You are amazing!

Sandra said...

Looks like an awesome party! I kept looking at the picture of the pretzels and trying to figure out what they were on! The paper towel holder is genius! And pencil cup holder for fries...I LOVE it!

Nancy @ The Headmistress said...

I just don't know what to say! Everything was/is perfect! I am bookmarking this for a g'daughter's senior party...soon!
Thanks so much for sharing this fabulous celebration!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

What a great party. It seems easy to figure out something for a girl but a boy always seems a little harder, but I think you figured it out. I bet your son was over the top (after the guys went home)..Happy Thursday..Judy

Tanya@takesix said...

What a wonderful idea. You are so creative and full of ideas. Super table!!

Diane said...

Wow! I cannot believe the use of the pencil holders for the French fries. That alone was enough to make you the most creative blogger for today!! I love plaids, so I enjoyed seeing your use of those and I know those young men secretly enjoyed being pampered that way. Happy Birthday to your son!

Deb said...

Oh my gosh, this was amazing. What guy would'nt love this dinner.

Rita May said...

Wow, you pulled off a perfect theme table.
Way to man-up!

Olive Cooper said...

Just PERFECT for a teen, love the Coke bottles. Now I must have fries for lunch:)

xinex said...

Wow! This has got to be the most creative and original theme I have seen for a teenage boy's birthday. great job!...Christine

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Oh wow, you kids are so lucky to have you host these amazing parties! This was was a perfect choice for a group of high school guys :)

Marlis said...

This turned out just wonderful. I am sure the guys were pleased to have been treated so well. I love your idea for the pencil holders for the fries.. and platters as plates.. making lots of notes.. thanks.. xo marlis

Sweetladyelaine said...

Truly a masterpeice, right down to the last detail! You are so creative!
Blessings My Friend,

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
You always know how to gave a wonderful party.I think you did an absolutely fabulous job! What fun!! I also Think the cooler as the centerpiece was a stroke of genius. I'm sure the boys had a wonderful time. Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my Nautical Tablescape, hope you have a wonderful weekend coming up.
XXOO Diane

Shelia said...

What a fabulous 'boys' party! You really hit the nail on the head. I'm sure your son was so proud of all you did! You are truly the most creative tablescaper for sure! You really should print your pictures and write a book on tablescaping. I would certainly buy one!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

ann k said...

In terms they boys would understand - you hit a home run, put the biscuit in the basket or Scored a touchdown!! the use of everyday items from the dollar store was great! The only thing missing is a picture of the lucky guys who got to enjoy your wonderful work!

injoyinmylife said...

I can't imagine anything better for a party with high school boys. It's just perfect! Loved the idea with the sodas.

Nancy @ Nancy's Daily Dish said...

Love the manly table! I bet the boys thought that was pretty neat and I bet they've never and probably will never get to go to a party like that again. I also bet nobody complained about a steak dinner. We just say food to our boys friends and there's a line!

The steak looks so good!

Marigene said...

I hope your son appreciates what an awesome mom you are throwing this fabulous party and allowing that much testosterone in one small area!

Denise said...

Now that I've been to your blog this week,

It's so great! I coping all your ideas.

I did so love how you wrote about the boys' reactions to it all. I could just see my son and his friends at that age - awkward, but delighted at the same time.

Well, I must go now and start pulling out all the things I'll be using, but not before I bookmark this page!

Denise said...

I just wrote a novel in the comments box and it all disappeared. At any rate, I'm copying all your ideas for Father's Day. Thanks for sharing you artistic talents.

Meredith said...

Oh I love this! The French fry holders are perfect.

Alycia Nichols said...

You are aware, dear one, that you just put all the other Moms on notice!!! Now the boys will be expecting something terrific all the time! The other Moms are going to form a lynch mob for you!!!!!!! You did a terrific job, and the paper towel holder is a fabulous idea! I'm also impressed that you paid attention enough (to teenagers!) to know that interesting sodas would be fun to drink and open the conversation gates!!! Great job to the nth power!

Wendy@Once upon a rose haven said...

Those fries are making me hungry ...Umm they look very delicious!

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

May I just say - you sparkle with creativity - you thoughtfully carried out the theme to perfection thinking of everything! I'll have to file this one away - it would make my son's day to serve something this amazing! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,