Chloe of Celebrate and Decorate has come up with some great tablescape blog hops in the past year, and I’ve been so happy to be a part of them. But I have to say that this one was the most challenging. Not because I don’t like Broadway musicals; in fact, I love them. I don’t know about the other bloggers participating in this Broadway Tablescape Blog Hop, but at first I could not figure out how to transform memories of musicals I’ve seen into a creative and interesting tablescape. Finally, I just stopped trying to be so literal and decided to go with the spirit of the musical. And that decision brought me to MAMMA MIA!, one of my all~time, very favorite musicals.
I have very fond memories of going to the Dallas Summer Musicals at the State Fair of Texas as a young girl with my parents. It was a special occasion, getting all dressed up for the theater. DSM was one of the top regional venues for musical theater for decades. I remember seeing Richard Harris as King Arthur in Camelot, Yul Brenner in The King and I, Tommy Tune and Sandy Duncan in I Do! I Do!, and Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady ~ the golden days of musical theater. While my friends were collecting albums of the Rolling Stones, the Beatles and the Beach Boys, I collected Funny Girl, West Side Story and South Pacific. I knew all the words to every song. I would sing them in my room, which is a feat, since I definitely cannot sing. I loved movie musicals back then and I still do: Mary Poppins, Sound of Music, Les Miserable, Grease, (and, of course, MAMA MIA!)
After college, as an adult, I occasionally attended the DSM, and the magic was still there. Several years ago, Sweet Shark and I saw The Lion King and Chicago on the real Broadway stage and what a thrill it was. More recently, Dallas opened the Winspear Opera House, which is a fabulous venue downtown in the center of the arts district. We’ve seen Jersey Boys, War Horse, Wicked, and, finally, MAMMA MIA! Sweet Shark and I saw the movie first and I just fell in love with it. I’d always loved Abba and now to see their music weaved into this somewhat of a fantasy love story set on a gorgeous Greek island was just breathtaking. And that’s the spirit I wanted to evoke for this Broadway Tablescape Blog Hop.
MAMMA MIA! Celebrates Broadway Tablescape Blog Hop
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If you’ve never seen the movie or the musical live of MAMMA MIA!, I won’t go into the whole story. Suffice it to say, it takes place in a beautiful setting on a small Greek isle with sand, blue water, and blue sky. Most of the scenes are outside and half are either on the beach, on a boat, or near the water. That’s the feeling I wanted to create. I thought of light, blue, water, silver, sand, shells, and beach umbrellas.
As it turns out, tomorrow I’m hosting a small lunch for 3 very dear friends, so this Broadway tablescape isn’t just for looks and blog sharing. It will really be used and I’ll share the menu and pics on Friday. I wanted the lunch to be in our breakfast room which is on the bright side of our house surrounded by windows, the swimming pool and the greenery of our backyard. To start, I covered my table with a piece of off~white linen from my stash of fabric. Then to create the sense of blue and water, I draped a scarf diagonally across it.
Before adding the place settings, I started on my centerpiece. Using a silver tray, a jar of white sand, four small candle holders, and a bag of blue mosaics, I created my beach.
Next came the placemats and napkins, both from Pier 1, that I’ve used previously and love. They fit my MAMMA MIA! beach theme perfectly.
A few shells added to the beach vibe.
I wasn’t finished with the centerpiece. Beach umbrellas were part of my plan. I made these cute ones using my Cricut Explore Air machine, scrapbook paper, wooden skewers, and little pom~poms from the craft store. Love them!!! Some more shells complete the beach centerpiece.
I love to have place cards even for a very informal lunch. Everyone will be a queen ~ a dancing queen!
I used these awesome swirly blue plates from Pier 1 on top of my all~purpose white dinner plates, and my mother~in~law’s mother~of~pearl handled silverware for its ethereal look. You know, pearls, ocean, water?
I used our all~purpose wine glasses, but they needed a little embellishment, so I used this washi tape in 4 different silver patterns, which provided a bit of beachy bling.
On the window overlooking the backyard, I hung this shell banner made with my Cricut to carry the shell theme further. Pretty cute, uh? I’ve been trying every opportunity to practice my Cricut skills.
Now, we know MAMMA MIA! is a musical and that means lots of fabulous music from ABBA. (In addition to the movie soundtrack and the CD, we also have ABBA’s Greatest Hits Album. Great music to dance to and sing along on a Saturday night.) So I wanted to bring the music more into the scene. I made these “records” with my Cricut, using the titles of 6 of my favorite MAMMA MIA! songs: Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, Super Trouper, Our Last Summer, Honey, Honey, and I Have a Dream. I hung them with silver ribbon from our breakfast room chandelier. (My other favorite song is “Slipping Through My Fingers” ~ if you have daughters, you can’t listen without crying ~ every single time.)
So if you need records for a rock ‘n roll party, let me know!
I love how my MAMMA MIA! Broadway Tablescape Blog Hope contribution turned out. What started out as a real challenge became a blast to do. I can’t wait for tomorrow for my friends to come so I can share it with them. I wish you could come, too.
Now, please head on over to the other bloggers sharing their blog hop tablescapes today. I know I can’t wait to see what they have in store. I’ll be back on Friday with some pictures from the luncheon and next week I’ll share my DIY projects from the Broadway Tablescape Blog Hop.