Entertaining | Nature Inspired Tabletop for the Man in your Life

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There’s a TON of party inspiration designed for women, especially since we girls celebrate all the milestones like weddings, babies, special birthdays, Friday night ;-)  So to find something for the men in our lives is a little more difficult. That’s why I decided to design a special lunch/dinner table with men in mind, and it’s just in time for Father’s Day!

Not only do I have some design inspiration for you, I’ve partnered with Cold Stone Creamery once again, to offer TWO (2) $25 gift certificates to 2 lucky winners {one each}. You’ll see how I incorporated their ‘Tall, Dark, and Delicious’ cake into this shoot below.

My inspiration for this design was my own husband who grew up in West Virginia {insert hillbilly joke here} hunting, fishing, and playing outdoors. Although he’s become quite the Metro-sexual now, he still has strong ties to anything nature-inspired. I pulled from things I already own, and to my surprise and delight there were many faux bois items to use – the printed paper runner, the small plates, a tray, paper straws, and some cocktail napkins I picked up months ago.

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Setting the Table:

  • Take your father’s day celebration outdoors and integrate your nature-inspired design with nature itself. I set up the table with a canvas drop cloth as the ‘tablecloth.’ I like how it’s long and to the ground on the ends, but short enough on the sides so you can sit with your legs under the table.
  • The wood grain paper runner is just wrapping paper I had picked up at HomeGoods, previously. It really sets the tone for the whole tabletop.
  • A floral centerpiece is always nice, but a green fern is the perfect addition to this rustic theme.
  • Antlers are abundant at my in-laws property so I’ve brought some home with me to use in various decorating projects {painted gold}. Here I’ve used 2 natural antlers to flank the centerpiece and help fill the space.
  • I layered my trusty rattan chargers and white plates with melamine dishes {from this project} and added these fabulous twig utensils for each place setting.
  • On a recent shopping trip to World Market I picked up these green hobnail glasses and just love the vintage look of them. All the green elements of the table really pop against the tan and brown base.
  • Birch-pattern paper straws are subtle but add a sweet detail.
  • When I got my Lucite tray from A Blissful Nest, I included this rustic insert with the wood grain. It’s such a great accent piece with a purpose. The faux bois cocktail napkins are a cute touch too.
  • For lunch or dinner I would suggest serving dad’s favorites. In our case that would probably include a shrimp boil with all the fixin’s.
  • For dessert, this ‘Tall, Dark, and Delicious” cake from Cold Stone Creamery is an obvious choice. It has layers of Devil’s Food cake, Sweet Cream ice cream with brownies, Chocolate ice cream with Oreos, White Frosting, and cascading Fudge Ganache. I placed it on a cake stand and decorated it with chocolate rocks for a whimsical, but coordinating touch.

Do you think your dad, husband, brother would like any of these design ideas? Well, not only do you get design inspiration today, but you also get a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Cold Stone Creamery to help you celebrate the man in your life!

To say that this cake was delicious is an understatement. I mean, come ON! It’s all the best flavors rolled up into one beautiful presentation! You can even order online here.



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** Two (2) winners will be chosen. Each will receive a $25 gift certificate to Cold Stone.

**Winners will be CHOSEN AT RANDOM and notified by email on Wednesday, June 11, and will need to respond within 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen.

**Winner must be 18 years of age or older and a US resident in order to win.

**Gift certificates will either be sent electronically to print or via mail {winner’s choice}.

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About Chris

Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to Homes.com, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. Love Cold Stone Cakes. Yummy, yummy!!

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