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 contributor to Homes.com, Marie Callender's, and SheKnows. Most recently her work has been published in Woman's World, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. I love anything with caramel!

  2. My fav ice cream flavor?!?! UGH! how can i choose just one?? It would have to be banana then. or mint chocolate chip. or chocolate pb…. :)

  3. This is a really great setup for a guy or anyone for that matter. Dare I say it’s beautiful? It is! Absolutely love it!

  4. And favorite ice cream flavor is salted caramel, but I love basic chocolate too!

  5. I think I love almost any icecream that doesn’t have nuts. Caramel, vanilla, cherry….it’s all so good!

  6. I love how this table looks Chris! Love the faux bois touches and the greenery! And I want that cake in my face.

  7. My favorite ice cream flavor is classic vanilla…yummy…beautiful table set up :D

  8. Oh my gosh, this display and that cake are amazing! Love all the details of that table dispaly, great job! I love me some sweets but basic vanilla cake is usually how I roll but I’m a caramel gal too. ;)

  9. I love cake batter ice cream!

  10. Chris – this is fantastic! I LOVE the forks.. so unique. My favorite at Coldstone is Founder’s Favorite. Yummy!

  11. Those twig forks…oh my! Butter pecan will always and forever be my all time fave.

  12. Absolutely love this display!!!

  13. Amazing cake! Beautiful table, too!

  14. I love the green and brown! And yes, we ladies do know how to celebrate even the tiniest moments. Okay, so my favorite Ice Cream flavor – Butter Brittle, trust me.

  15. My husband loves the outdoors & nature so this party would be perfect for him. My tummy is totally growling for that cake – it looks delicious! I’ve always loved all of my Cold Stone visits.

  16. candice says:

    super cool Chris, very nice

  17. Lewann Rice says:

    Mint chip!!!!

  18. Anything Raspberry flavored!

  19. This looks amazing & I love the way the table flows with the setting of being outdoors. Truly well done. Oh and btw – my fave ice cream flavor is anything peanut butter & chocolate. ;)

  20. Jocelyn H says:

    Butter pecan is my favorite.

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

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