Sunday, April 1, 2012

Fun and Frugal Tartan Day

Welcome to the Tartan Parade! 
We're so glad y'all are joining the 4-day party (April 1-4). 

Alison ~ The Polohouse 
Sarah ~  Hyacinths for the Soul
Delores ~ Vignette Design

Now, show us your tartans!                                                        


Last year for National Tartan Day, I did a more "traditional" tartan post with a Highland Tea, using my MacGregor tartan.
In case you missed it, you can see it  HERE

But this year, since Tartan Day and Easter are so close together, I thought I'd do a fun and frugal Tartan Easter-ish tablescape. 

Note: In North America, the terms tartans and plaids are used interchangeably. 

Being the frugal gal that I am, I wanted to use decorations that cost very little...or nothing!
Let me show you what I made...

...kilts for bottles.  Aren't they cute? 

They are a free download from...Here. All you have to do is print, cut them out, add a bit of glue or tape, and you have cute, fun kilts for your wine or water bottles.

Now that the drinks are covered, I started thinking of how to decorate the table. 
I'd like to have flowers on the table, but since I'm trying to be frugal...I'll make some flowers...

...tartan flowers!

The tartan patterns I used were another free printable download from...Here

I cut three different sizes of flower shapes and different tartan patterns. The stamens are made from half a post-it note, which I fringed and taped to a wooden skewer. 
Then I made little holes in the center of the flowers, stuck the skewer through, and added "leaves" from an old piece of faux greenery.

Now, on to the table... have you had enough tartan yet?  No?...

...The tablecloth is a remnant...the placemats and dishes are things I already had, but since I didn't have any tartan napkin rings...
...I made some from the same tartan pages I used for the flowers. 
Just cut a strip of the paper, tape it on the back.. ta da..instant napkin rings!

I mixed and matched the dishes the same way I mixed and matched the tartans...hopefully for a fun look.

The cake is one of those frozen ones from the grocery store that cost about $3 or $4.
 I gussied it up with slices of Meyer lemons cut in the shape of  tulips, and.. added Easter egg candies around the edge...

...there, you have a tart 'n' lemony cake.

Ok, I know that was an awful pun, but I'm glad you joined in the fun.

If you haven't visited Alison's, Sarah's and Delores's blogs, stop by and see what's happening there.

Happy Tartan Day! 


Sarah said...

Babs, this is darling! I love that you made the kilts and the tartan flowers. Your are a clever gal! This is a perfect table for celebrating Easter with a tartan twist.
The cake looks both pretty and delicious. Meyer lemons ~ yummy!
Thanks for starting us all off down the tartan road. This is fun! ~ Sarah

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

You have been busy, Babs!

How cute are those bottle kilts? May have to steal, I mean borrow that idea from you! Your tablescape looks fantastic!

So excited to be a part of this --- sharing the Parade with the three of you this month.... Parade Marshal extraordinaires!


Be sure to link up your post at one of the three blogs in the morning. Does not matter which one!

Anonymous said...

Your paper flowers are adorable. your cake looks delicious.

Unknown said...

These are just darling!!!! How cute! :D


Lynn said...

I love your fun table! The kilts and flowers are cute and LOL at your clever Tart 'N' Lemony Cake:@)

Blondie's Journal said...

This is such a fun table, Babs! The kilts and flowers are darling, very clever! The cake is wonderful, the "tulips"! What a sweet spring time table!


Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Babs, you are so funny with your tart n lemon! Now we all can see that tartan is indeed fine for beautiful spring weather too. I will have to remember those adorable kilt bottle covers. Thank you for hosting this fun party. Linda

Mary said...

Babs~ Bottle kilts~ how cute & clever and I'm chuckling over your tart 'n' lemony cake! I love the lemons cut like tulips and your tartan flowers! Thanks for the fun and leading the parade :)

Jojo said...

Easter plaids! I love it! The bottle skirts are so creative and I love the tulip lemons.

Kathleen said...

Love it! The bottle kilts are adorable! And your tart n lemony cake so clever! You have been busy!
Great Parade entry,very original!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Babs, what a cute table. Only you would think up a tartan Easter scape.

Decor To Adore said...

Oh Babs I love every single element. I have linked up an oldie but goodie post of a party we did for my Scottish husbands retirement from the military. Thanks for hosting.

vignette design said...

Hi Babs,
Well you answered the question I've been asking myself: yes, you can have a tartan table for Easter! You killed it with your bottle kilts, lovely soft plaids and the tart 'n' lemony cake! It's all just wonderful!
Happy Tartan Day my dear! ~Delores

Mr Paul said...

Babs this is so much fun. The lemons as tulips look great.

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Salmagundi said...

I never think of plaid in the pastel sense, but your table is wonderful. Now, I'll be looking for the lighter plaids. Thanks for hosting this fun get together. Sally

The French Hutch said...

Oh My Goodness Babs, this is just adorable. I love those little aprons on the bottles. The pretty plaid floral petals for the arrangement is precious, colors perfect for Spring and Easter. Love the place settings and the chick/eggs holders just too cute. The cake looks delicious. Thanks for hosting Babs.

The French Htuch

Susan Freeman said...

Hi Babs! Oh how I love those adorable kilts on the bottles. I am going to make some right now. How clever of you to think of it! Thanks so much for hosting such a fun Tartan Parade.

Big Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Rattlebridge Farm said...

What a great idea to add tartan to an Easter table!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

What a great idea to make Bottle kilts! I love the tartan flowers!

Liz@A Dish Here, A Glass There said...

Hi Babs!
This is so cute! Your imagination had a good time with this! Love all your tartan flowers and kilts! Your fabrics look great together and your gussied up cake is the cutest! I like the lemons cut like that ...I just want to dive in! I love the "lightened up " approach you took!

Marlis said...

So loving the tartan flowers!!!! What a wonderful idea. Must save this for future use. the tart n lemony cake made my mouth water.. great post! xo marlis

bj said...

Those flowers are waaay cute.
xo bj

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

You get the creative Easter table award! Just adorable!
Thanks for hosting!

Kelly said...

You're so creative. I just love how you decorated those wine bottles and made those homemade tartan flowers. I didn't realize you were so crafty! That cake sure does look good. I love lemon desserts.

Sue said...

Babs, your kilted bottles are too cute! Hope they're wearing something underneath....
And how fun to embellish a plain cake the way that you did. I'd love to be served a piece and sit at your table with the pastel plaid mat. LOVE those little egg cups. Filling them with candy is a novel idea! I enjoy candy all throughout the year, but Jordan almonds, malted eggs, and chocolate bunnies at Easter time is always a fav! LOL
~ Sue

Richard Cottrell said...

The tartan flowers are the cutest. Richard from My Old Historic House.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful tartan post Babs! I loe the wine kilts.

Connie (aka LOU) said...

Oh Babs, what a cute table and your whole post is quite clever, especially your play on words. Got a chuckle out of it. When I think of plaid, I think more of the traditional colors but I really do like the colors you used. That is probably more me. Thanks for helping host. It has been fun checking out the other posts. Thanks for stopping by too. (I think I owned that top AND the bell bottoms ~ scary.)


Oh Babs, this is adorable, you did such pretty tartan vignettes and table. I love the table mats in that soft plaid, very pretty, along with the plates on top too. You also cracked me up, lol..I'm so inspired to look for plaids to make place mats, or even a tablecloth! Wishing you and yours a HAPPY EASTER SUNDAY.

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Hey Babs I made it! So sorry I'm late. I had such a good time putting this post together. Great inspiration. By the way...your cake is my absolute favorite! I'd rather have that than one made from scratch...strange but true. :o) I'm off to visit some of your party links. Thanks for hosting!

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

This is SUCH A SWEET Tartan tribute! Love the SPRINGY LOOK you gave. My VERY VERY FAVORITE(other than the tart 'n' lemony cake), is those TARTAN FLOWERS!!!LOVE,LOVE,LOVE! I am definitively going to be trying to make those!
Happy Tartan AND Easter to you!!!

An Oasis in the Desert said...

Your mixture of tartan plaids & Easter is so well done. It all looks fantastic, Babs.

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

The cake looks adorable!