Robin Flies South...

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Birthday Breakfast At Tiffany's

Even though my daughter is grown and on her own, I still like to do something special for her birthday and this year is no different.  I can't say why, but my daughter's generation has embraced Audrey Hepburn and her movies.  A few Christmas's ago my daughter requested Miss Hepburn's biography as a gift so it came as no surprise when she said she would like a "Breakfast at Tiffany's" style for her 24th birthday.  It's a very common theme for birthdays, engagements  and even weddings.  Southern Lady magazine had a recent feature with a BAT (Breakfast at Tiffany's) theme including a menu with the dishes named after characters in the movie.  If you google BAT, you will find dozens of tables using that signature blue color.  Here are some examples I came across recently (once again, I apologize for not giving credit but I originally was just using them for ideas but then decided to share them with you too!):

Love the little boxes!

An obvious choice for a centerpiece!

Isn't this clever to make the whole table into that little blue box?

I liked all of these but I wanted to try something I hadn't seen before for my BAT.  I set a table for 6 in my Dining Room for a birthday brunch.  Imagine "Moon River" playing to get you in the mood.  Did you know that Audrey Hepburn herself sang that in the movie?

I found these chargers at Target on-line after Christmas.  Believe it or not, they came in a set of 12 for $8!  They are similar to the chargers I used HERE in silver.

I used my square white dinner plates (Old Time Pottery), a black and white floral plate, also from Target, and a black bowl.  I would have liked some pretty glass fruit dishes but I don't have a set of six (yet!).  It would have been a nice touch to have something on the table that came from Tiffany's but unfortunately I haven't been that lucky!

I layered black and white napkins with a "Diamond Ring" napkin ring (Ross).  Do you remember in the film when Holly says you shouldn't wear diamonds until you're forty?

My husband gave me these flowers for Valentine's Day and since I already had my centerpiece planned out I divided them into 2 vases to place on either side.  I added the "pearl" branches to match my theme.  The movie is so full of great jewelry and fashion. 

My centerpiece started with a "little black dress" jewelry holder that I plan on giving to my daughter after the party.  The sunglasses stay with me (they're prescription!).

I hung some Christmas ornaments and faux jewels from the hooks.  It stands on a glass cake stand with some ornate candle holders around the bottom.

I used 3 glass coasters in between the candleholders that depict ads from the movie.  They were from Ross and very inexpensive.   There are lots of things you can buy that have to do with the movie. You could easily decorate a whole room with what's available.

A pair of big, black sunglasses tops it off. 

After Christmas I picked up a few sets of these aqua felt hearts and decided to hang them from the chandelier to give the room more of a party atmosphere.  With my daughter's birthday falling in the same week as Valentine's Day it only seemed right to add some hearts!

My china cabinet had to get in on the color scheme too so I changed it out to black and white.

In the movie, Holly's breakfast food, eaten in front of Tiffany's window, consists of a danish and coffee.  I am going in a slightly different direction!  Audrey Hepburn wouldn't have stayed as thin if she ate this meal every morning. 
The menu will consist of a baked french toast casserole, cut up fruit, breakfast sausage and mimosas.  I have tried several french toast casseroles before but this one is the winner.  Click HERE for the full recipe.  Make sure to warm your maple syrup before serving!  In birthday's past I have made cakes that look like Minnie Mouse, a basketball, conversation hearts, a competition swimming pool and a sunflower.  I toyed with the idea of a cake that looks like the Tiffany's box but I think I will stick with cupcakes this year since I found some cute aqua wrappers. 

A daughter is the happy memories of the past, the joyful moments of the present, and the hope and promise of the future.
-- Author Unknown

Happy Birthday Allison! 

I am joining the party at Tablescape Thursday over at Between Naps on the Porch.  Be sure to visit my sister's blog at Creating Wonderful Spaces!


Elaine said...

This is so fun! I think it's great that Audrey Hepburn has fans in Allison's generation. BAT is one of my favorite movies, so of course I LOVE this! I was curious to see what you did as a centerpiece, and this is PERFECT! The whole table is classic and elegant, like the lovely woman who inspired it! Happy Birthday, Allison!

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Happy birthday to your Allison! What a fun, feminine tablescape for her big day. BAT is such a fun theme. I enjoyed dabbling in it myself a bit last summer if you haven't already gotten your fill. :-)

xinex said...

Happy birthday, Allison! Your duaghter will love this for sure It is so elegant, just like Audrey Hepburn. I love the Tiffany blue color and your chargers are perfect and a great price....Christine

Calypso In The Country said...

I just LOVE this theme! Your daughter is very lucky to have a mom who puts so much style and effort into her birthday! I have boys and they would never appreciate something like this! Hope she has a great day!


Happy birthday Allison! She's so lucky to have a table set so beautifully and elegant with such gorgeous Tiffany color dishes and a fabulous stage with Audrey's things! You're a great mom! Have fun you girls.

Marigene said...

Happy Birthday to Allison! What a lovely, creative table, the black adds so much to it...those aqua chargers are really cool...$8 for a dozen...good deal! What a great centerpiece.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh your daughter is going to love this! You found all the perfect touches to make her Breakfast at Tiffany's birthday memorable and fun.

A Hint of Home said...

Your table is just darling!
It all came together beautifully!

Alycia Nichols said...

Perfect decor for the theme!!! I'm sure you have one very happy daughter! (EDIT: I really had a hard time leaving a comment. The letters on the word verification are really difficult to read. This is my 4th try!)

Allison said...

thanks mom, it looks great! cannot wait for mimosas and brunch on sunday!

Kathleen said...

What a great mom you are! Great deal on the chargers, they are perfect for this theme. It looks perfect. So many special touches. My son's bday is the 16 th too. :)
Hope ypu will join the 4 th Annual St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl at my place on the 13th. Think Green! :)

Blogger has very good spam detection now, so maybe you could turn off the word id. I never saw one with 2 words before, it is really hard! You can always put it back on if you get trolls.

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A Perfect Setting said...

ok, I'm late commenting here, but this was adorable!!! I might just have to copy this theme soon. My daughter loves that movie as well, and this turned out so sweet!! Love it!!