In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month we were recently recruited to create a dessert table display for our local Piedmont Arts Association fundraiser Pink Party for Breast Cancer Awareness. This is a cause near and dear to my heart having experienced what it is like to have a loved one go through a battle with breast cancer this same year.
The theme was of course "pink" but we took it one step further in collaboration with the bakery providing the desserts for the table, Rising Sun Breads, and created a pink and orange fall theme. Below you can see our original work out for the tabletop. Our baker friend Darla insisted on having a tree with breast cancer awareness ribbon cookies attached and lots of pink tulle, with pumpkins, mums and pink ribbons too, so that is exactly what we delivered! Jason was busy with his own work so I was pretty much in charge of the design for this table and I really had a great time being super girly and incorporating lots of elements we don't usually use.
Pink Tulle Table Skirt
This table skirt took a bit of time and effort but it was so worth it! Just look how puffy and feminine it is! It coordinated perfectly with the pink ribbons and added just the right finishing touch to the table. To get this look we followed the directions of this tutorial from Catch My Party. We chose not to do a border around the edge however and instead tied larger knots with our tulle to cover the elastic and also be decorative. We also alternated with a matte pink tulle for the larger knots and a shiny iridescent tulle in between to give it dimension.
Pumpkins are the most versatile of fall decor. We have seen so many different ways to decorate a pumpkin online, it is often hard to chose which direction to go. Since we had a lot of different elements coming together however, we chose to paint our in solid colors that matched the rest of our theme. We used Krylon spray paint in Ballet Slipper, White and Orange, and primed before painting.
Mums are the staple of fall flowers in most gardens and they were perfect to carry that theme in our design. Unfortunately they only come in pots with dirt and dry out quickly. I chose to cut stems off the potted mums we purchased and taped them together in bunches using floral tape. I then placed them into small glass globes from Dollar Tree and filled with water to keep them fresh for the evening. I used an odd number of vases because it looks better visually.
Fall Cookie Tree
We were originally planning to build a tree to hang cookies off of but with a vacation coming up and several other last minute business things to attend to, there just wasn't enough time. That's where Lowe's really saved out butts. We found this pre-lit winter tree in their Christmas section and scooped it up quick. We wired on some fall leave decor found at Dollar Tree and hung the cookies along with some tulle to finish the look.
Breast Cancer Awareness Printables
We found the perfect set of free to use printable decor at Frog Prince Paperie. Since this was a fundraising benefit and not for profit, we wanted to go with something pretty and easy, and they had exactly what we needed!