Mrs Tittlemouse does Dinner

Baby shower centrepiece ideas
Books, flowers, crystal glasses and candles, what more can a fine dinner party desire? Aha, good company – that’s all! (Perhaps a bite to eat and a drop to drink too…)

I have officially given up in my war waged against sand in the house. It has been my dream to live in a beach house, and the reality of that lifestyle is a house filled with sand. The dogs swim happily in the sea every day, roll in the sand, and meander back to the house to lay haphazardly on the tiles until night, when they come and lay protectively by my bed. In the morning I step out of the bed directly into my delicious Ruby and Ed slippers and avoid the endless dusty feet.

Mrs. Tittlemouse is a “most terribly tidy little mouse always sweeping and dusting the soft sandy floors”. In my dreams I am also a most tidy little mouse, but sometimes by day I am fed up, give up and just let the sand settle.

However, where dinner parties are concerned, one should never lower standards …. for my centrepiece this week I used the most wonderful library of Beatrix Potter books as my inspiration. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to do something similar for a baby shower or book club meet?

I used the Beatrix Potter collection as almost everyone has some childhood memories of these quaint little books. I know I loved them. However when my son was younger (he’s 7 now), I read Appley Dappley’s Nursery rhymes to him, most excitedly, and unfortunately it proved terrifying as a bedtime story for him and he had many nightmares about the little black rabbit, oooops! Tap, tap tappit!

That aside, there are plenty of other series of books that equally could be used – the key element is symmetry and colour coordination.

And so kind lady-mouses and dear gentle-frogs, without further ado, I present to you some delightful ideas from my bookie-wook table centrepiece. Please enjoy and share xx.

Book club centrepiece ideas
I love the dark green binding on this edition of the Beatrix Potter tales.
Fun table centrepiece ideas
These really wonderful Derwent Pastel colouring pencils added a little bit of height and colour and a dash of frivolity too. Wouldn’t it be fun to use the pages from a sketch pad as placemats and ask your guests to create their own bunnikin style characters?!
I chose bright pink bougainvillea in tea cups as well as a scattering amongst the little crystals along the centre of the table as the colours worked wonderfully together, don't you think? - emerald green teacups with deep bottle green books and shockingly hot magenta blooms.
I chose bright pink Bougainvillea in tea cups as well as a scattering amongst the little crystals along the centre of the table as the colours worked wonderfully together, don’t you think? – Emerald green teacups with deep bottle green books and shockingly hot magenta blooms!
The pine green napkins added another tone of green to the table and I stayed with silver as the third colour in the napkin rings - shades of green, pink and silver. I love napkins gathered simply like this in rings - it remains my favourite presentation of napkins (and allows you to use soft napkins - no starch needed here!).
The pine green napkins added another tone of green to the table and I stayed with silver as the third colour in the napkin rings – shades of green, pink and silver. I love napkins gathered simply like this in rings – it remains my favourite presentation of napkins (and allows you to use soft napkins – no starch needed here!).
The standing books at the end of the table provide an elegant end to the centrepiece, which then morphs along the table into little stacks of books. To protect the books I didn't put any water in the teacups of flowers in case of exuberant guests. Bougainvillea can live quite happily without water for many hours.
The standing books at the end of the table provide an elegant end to the centrepiece, which then morphs along the table into little stacks of books. To protect the books I didn’t put any water in the teacups of flowers in case of exuberant guests. Bougainvillea can live quite happily without water for many hours.

 

That's it. A centrepiece idea, take from it what you will. Add elements of it to your next book club supper, your best gal pal's baby shower, lunch with the ladies or a dinner party to impress - it's fun, it's whimsical, it's bright, it's easy! With love to all my wonderful readers xx
That’s it. A centrepiece idea, take from it what you will. Add elements of it to your next book club supper, your best gal pal’s baby shower, lunch with the ladies or a dinner party to impress – it’s fun, it’s whimsical, it’s bright, it’s easy! 

With love to all my wonderful readers xx


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