Rick and I were so very blessed to witness an immediate connection between our moms through the early years of our marriage, and when our children were young. Sadly, my beautiful mother-in-law is no longer with us, so I try to bring her memory alive as often as possible because I know how much my husband aches in his heart, especially on days like Mother’s Day. It’s a tough day for many, so I hope my “No-Cost Mother’s Day Table Ideas” can inspire folks to get more personable when decorating the table without spending a dime. In addition, not everyone has a large family…so this is perfect for a more intimate Mother’s Day occasion.
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Free Tablecloth Idea for Mother’s Day
I couldn’t get over how pretty this inexpensive “Mother’s Day Table” turned out. I want you to know that I did not purchase anything for this table. Everything you see in the photos was found in our basement, or in plain sight. I shopped our home, so I’m going to give you a few snazzy tricks I use. For example…take a look at the gorgeous soft velvety tablecloth. Can you believe that it’s a mint colored blanket? You’ll also see it used here as blanket on our “Summer Deck“.
Free Glamorous Styled Napkins
You’re not gonna believe this, but the emerald green cloth I used for the napkins I found upstairs in our scrap fabric basket. All I did was a cut 2 large rectangles (using very sharp scissors) out of this cotton fabric our kiddos used years ago for a costume (when displaying on the table, lay flat-then crinkle it up).
For the gorgeous napkin rings, I used inexpensive gold bangle bracelets with my grandmother’s beautiful clip-on earrings (they easily clipped on!). Talk about a conversation piece… I know my mom would tell me all about when my grandma (Nano photoed in the background with Rick’s mom, MaryEllen) wore these clip on iridescent earrings to my parent’s wedding in 1956. I’ve actually attempted wearing them a few times, but they are a little tight.
Add Personal Photos and Jewelry to Table for Conversation Pieces
I bet you have jewelry from your special loved ones tucked away in secret spots, don’t you? Guess what? Time is going by quick. NOW is the time to get it out. Wear it, give it to your children, or dress up your special table like I did for our “Intimate Mother’s Day Table”. Just look how beautiful my mom’s pearls look, or my husband’s grandmother’s “S” initial pin. It’s so sweet to incorporate all of our favorite influential women in our life on to a table…and it doesn’t have to be expensive jewels. As long as the individual pieces you decide to use have a story behind them, that is all it takes.
TIP: I used my thrift store green glass little bowl to draw attention to my mother’s pearls…
If you have been following redheadcandecorate.com for a while, you already know how much I love adding old photos to my tablescapes. Just like the jewels, the images will spark conversation, and take the lucky diners back in time. Just think how nice it would be to take your mom, or grandma back in time where you can learn so much more about them and their experiences. Absolutely priceless.
A Few Last Tips for a Beautiful Mother’s Day Table
Lastly, I should let you know that the plate sets are from the dollar store. They have a little gold trim on them, that is wearing slightly. The modern stainless steel flatware can be found here: SILVER STAINLESS STEEL FLATWARE.
The tea cups & saucers are a set my mom found at a garage sale (I display them on a shelf in our living room), the little mirror my mom gave me long ago, and the little green salt & pepper shakers are one of my thrift store scores.Posted by