Flamingo Inspired Ladies Luncheon

Elegant Dining Room with Lauren's Surprise Blue Paint and Tray Ceiling with Elegant Crystal Chandelier

With fall just around the corner (although you would never know it with the Georgia blazing-hot temps), this weekend, I finally set my dining room for a flamingo inspired ladies luncheon. Ladies luncheons have a special place in my heart – not because I host or attend a lot of them, but because when I was a little girl, my grandmother had me invite some friends over to her house where she hosted a luncheon for us. I vividly remember her table set to perfection with cloth napkins, beyond what you would imagine a 10-year old deserving. She prepared chicken salad on a bed of lettuce, and frozen fruit salad with cranberries and walnuts. It was a special day and I loved feeling “fancy” with my friends for the afternoon.

Remember, you don’t have to serve extravagant food to make your guests feel special. One of the most important hosting tips I learned from my mother and her mother is that if you want to serve chips, serve chips! Just don’t serve them out of a bag. Presentation is everything. Absolutely serve burgers on fine china; just don’t display the pickles in the jar. (Hence my obsession with small bowls 😉 )

A few months ago, I found the most adorable Kate Spade pink flamingo table runner at HomeGoods; as soon as I saw it, I envisioned pretty pink blooms, pink lemonade, pink… well, you get the idea. It wasn’t until this past week when I pulled out my sweet little runner that I started planning for how it would be used.

Last year, my mom and I hit the jackpot when we showed up at a Crate and Barrel that coincidentally was moving store locations the following day. For that day only, everything left in stock was 50% off – down to their racks, shelving, and shopping baskets (which I got plenty of 😉 ). But, one of my favorite scores was a pair of salmon, black and white napkins. Typically, I would have passed since they didn’t have six for a full table set-up, but I thought at a minimum, I would be able to use them in bread baskets. Then, this weekend, I was at World Market when I saw these inexpensive napkins; there were only four but I quickly decided that they could complete my flamingo table with the Crate and Barrel pair at the heads of the table. These are the fabrics I rounded up to serve as the base for my table.

Pink Flamingo Linens and Inspiration for Table

I wanted to bring in a lot of gold with varying shades of blush and pink. I also picked up this large geometric terrarium I talked about in The Short List a few weeks back. The best part? It’s currently on sale! I set a regular glass vase inside and filled the bottom with small white rocks. Stay tuned for another fun arrangement with this terrarium 😉

These gold-bottomed stemless wine glasses also made their way into my cart. I don’t usually buy a lot of new glassware, but these are so pretty and unique, I justified my purchase by telling myself that I would keep them out on display.

Gold Dipped Stemless Wine Glasses

Girl Party Table Ideas with Pink Lemonade

Here’s a glimpse at the two different place settings; the first is at the head of the table; the second is along the side of the table.

Flamingo table with gold chargers and cupcake roses

Also new to the table are these gold branch jewelry holders. I think the branches reminded me of flamingo legs and I had to have them.

Rose Centerpiece ion Elegant Dining Table

Roses on Pink Flamingo Tablescape

I used a few bottles of cherry and lemon French soda with raspberries in these gold crackle glasses which I incorporate into my tables often. Not only do I love keeping these beverages on hand because they are yummy, but they are an inexpensive way to style up your kitchen, dining room, or breakfast area before they are opened.

Pink Lemonade with Rasperries

Before our house was even finished, my mom tried to convince me to consider different chairs for the heads of the table. I took this opportunity to test out our living room wing back chairs; I have to say, I love this look. The fabric, legs, and even the nailhead trim match… Unfortunately, they aren’t staying but it is something I will probably work towards ;).

Ladies Luncheon Table Blue Dining Room Restoration Hardware Trestle Table

Ladies Luncheon Table Setting with Roses

I set a teacup holding a cupcake at each place setting and topped each with a rose bud and piece of greenery. My first thought was to use a hydrangea bloom for the cupcake top, but mine were looking a little sad so I stuck with what I had. Shauna at The House of Silver Lining and Randi of Randi Garrett Design recently shared how they incorporated flowers into their store bought cakes HERE and HERE. And, they are GORGEOUS!

Pink Flamingo Girls Luncheon Tablescape

Ladies Table with Blush Rose Centerpiece

Restoration Hardware French Casement Sideboard in Dining Room with Pink Lemonade

I love having dim-able lights in most of our rooms but if I could only choose one place to add a dimming switch, I would have put it in the dining room. You can get one for a few bucks HERE.

Dining Room Formal Table Setting with Elegant Crystal Chandelier

Blush Roses Centerpiece in Terrarium

Later this week, I will be sharing another idea you can use to incorporate into your girl’s luncheon, brunch, or bridal shower. If you want to make sure you never miss a post, you can subscribe to receive newsletters and announcements at the bottom of the post.

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12-Light Chandelier | Dining Table:  (84″ in Salvaged Brown) | Buffet: (72″ in Distressed White) | Curtain Panels: (98″ in White) | Rug: HomeGoods- Calvin Klein wool | Mirror: HomeGoods | Lamps: HomeGoods | Silver Tea Service: Family Heirloom | White Oversized Pitcher: HomeGoods | Pillows: Pier 1 & Pottery Barn (no longer available) | Paint: Sherwin Williams- “Lauren’s Surprise” | Floors: Nottaway Hickory Weathered Saddle

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33 Comments

  1. 8.15.16
    Summer said:

    Oh Kelley I love it!! Turned out beautifully!! All those flowers are just so gorgeous! Hope your luncheon was fun. I’m sure your guests loved it all! ?

    • 8.15.16

      Summer, thank you so much! I can’t wait to see yours- we really lucked into those flamingos! 😉

  2. 8.15.16
    Maria Keating said:

    Wow Kelley, I love this table! It’s so soft, feminine and whimsical. I love the combination of linens. Every time I set my table, I go to your Instagram or blog for inspiration!! ?

    • 8.15.16

      Maria, thank you so much! You just made my day <3 Wishing you a wonderful week, friend! xo

  3. 8.15.16

    Beautiful, Kelley! Such a cheerful tablescape!

    • 8.15.16

      Oscar, thank you so much! You are a tablescape king so I hope you know how much I appreciate you stopping by!

  4. 8.15.16
    Jennifer said:

    So beautiful Kelley! I want to be invited next time you set a pink table!!! The color scheme is simply perfect and I especially love the white, black, and salmon colored napkins…so cute!!! Love ya girl!

    • 8.15.16

      Jen, I would LOVE to have you over! How much fun would a dinner party be with our girls?? Love ya back xoxo

  5. 8.15.16
    Katherine said:

    Stunning! What a wonderful lunch it must have been.

  6. 8.15.16
    Rhonda said:

    Kelly this party looks absolutely fabulous. You are an amazing hostess and I hope your guests had a wonderful time 🙂

    • 8.15.16

      Rhonda, thank you so much and thank you for taking the time to come visit me! xoxo

  7. 8.15.16

    Fabulous table Kelley!! So bright and pretty … and I love the single rose each person’s seat <3

    xx

  8. 8.15.16
    Tamara said:

    Absolutely perfect! And this chairs HAVE to stay here!! You can always get new ones for the living room!! PS – I want to be at this luncheon!! xox

  9. 8.15.16
    Keila said:

    Kel! This is the most amazing table ever!!! I can’t even deal with the flamingo runner! I love all your work so much. You’re always so inspiring! 🙂

    • 8.15.16

      K, thank you so so much! For your kind words, for being such a supportive friend, and for taking the time to stop by! You inspire ME xoxo

  10. 8.15.16
    Gretchen Thomas said:

    I love how you took that bit of whimsy in the runner and created this beautiful table…It’s a masterpiece! BeBe would be so proud. I know I am!

    • 8.16.16

      Nan! Thank you so much; I think of you in all I do.

  11. 8.15.16

    Its stunning kelley! Why can’t we be neighbors?!!! Thanks for the shout out too, you are such a dear friend! xoxo

    • 8.16.16

      Randi, if we were neighbors… I can’t even. We would have the best time with our tables and events!!!! And, absolutely! You are so good. Xoxo

  12. 8.15.16
    Bree said:

    Kelley! Everything about this luncheon was perfect…I just wish I could have been a guest at your lovely table!! And you are right…those glasses are everything and I LOVE the napkins you used to complete your set at the ends of the table. I also love your wing backs in the DR. Perfect!!! Xoxo

    • 8.16.16

      Bree, thank you so much! I had to take the wingbacks away immediately or I may have been tempted to leave the gaping hole in the living room haha. Thank you so much for being such an awesome, supportive friend! Xoxo

  13. 8.16.16
    Shauna said:

    You had me at pink flamingos!??? Pack that runner when you come to the beach cottage! Perfection as always my friend!?
    Xoxo

  14. 8.16.16
    Kim Hazel said:

    Kelley this is so gorgeous as is all of your table settings! The flamingo runner is so dang cute! I just got a flamingo pillow so am really feeling this vibe!??

  15. 8.17.16

    Oh Kelley, this turned out so beautiful, just like all your tablescapes! You have an eye for design and love how you planned this pink flamingo inspired ladies luncheon off of the table runner (sounds like me)! I also love how you incorporated the cupcakes in tea cups with flowers decorating the top! However, what I love most is how meaningful ladies luncheons are to you, which is so touching! Hoping one day I’ll get to enjoy one with you! XOXO, Sarah

    • 8.18.16

      Sarah, thank you, thank you. And we absolutely will 😉

  16. 8.17.16
    Patricia Wilson said:

    Kelley Nan, love your name and love your dining room and this tablescape. I’m a newbie to your blog and love what I’ve seen so far.

    • 8.18.16

      Patricia, thank you! And thank you for “being here”. <3

  17. 3.4.17
    Lisa Nottoli said:

    Everything is absolutely gorgeous! I am so in love with flamingos and I think this is the perfect, subtle way to incorporate my favorite bird. Also, the photos taken are well done…great eye. Thanks for sharing.

    • 3.5.17

      Lisa, thank you so much! This was one of my favorite tables ever?

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