“I Celebrate YOU” Tablescape {Guest Post by Me!}

Hey Guys!

Today is the only day that someone didn’t sign up to guest post for my “Help, I’m moving!” series, but I had a saved post from a guest post I did at Positively Splendid, so I thought this would be the perfect time to share it.

Can I guest post on my own blog?

Well, I am!

But before I do, I just had to share this year’s Easter picture with the boys.  It was a rainy day, but that didn’t stop us from getting a quick picture.  Unfortunately, dead batteries did stop us from getting a picture with Daddy.  :(


I love these boys so much!!!!  (and I love the one taking the picture too!)

I am hoping to get some family pictures soon when the weather starts cooperating!


My post for today is about celebrating your loved ones.

This would be a great tablescape to celebrate your children on their first full day home for the summer.

Or it would be a great way to celebrate the special friends in your life.

There is not much of a tutorial for this post, just inspiration.

I had a wooden picture frame that I painted white, and then I hot glued a pink flower to the top right corner.

I used my Silhouette machine to print out the words “there is no one like YOU” on black fabric.  I used my heat transfer material from Silhouette to iron the words on a piece of burlap.


This can be done without a Silhouette machine.  If I didn’t have one, I would find a stencil I liked and use black paint and a sponge brush to paint it on the burlap. (Or just paint it free hand!)


For my tablescape, I cut rectangular placemats from burlap and frayed the edges.


I used some black and white gingham napkins that I got at a yard sale last year for 25 cents a piece.

burlap placemats


Then I used some expressions from the online Silhouette store to iron on the bottom right corner of each placemat.


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I love thinking of my guests or my children reading these words over and over as they eat their meal.

burlap placemats

I kept moving the picture frame around as I took pictures.  It finally ended up on the side table!


It’s so bright and cheerful!


When my boys came home from school today, they saw my tablescape and loved it.  They asked me which seat was theirs?

I said, “Take your pick! Because each of you make me smile, make me happy, melt my heart, and I simply adore you.”


I hope this gives you a little idea of how you can celebrate the ones you love this summer!

A few days after I took these pictures, it was Mother’s Day.  So I decided my frame would be a perfect gift for mom.  Dad and I visited Mom’s grave on Mother’s Day, and I placed the frame on her headstone with the bright yellow flowers.

I miss her so much.

Promise me you will take time this very day to tell your loved ones how precious they are to you!



P.S. YOU are precious to me!!!


  1. I LOVE that! The frame, the placemats, the napkins…it’s all so cute! And I can imagine the sweet smiles of your boys as they read each placemat set just for them. : ) So sweet!

  2. Traci:
    This brought back memories of when my kids were little! We used to eat every Sunday dinner at the dining table w/candles and fancy wares! They loved it! They’re 12 and 14 now, I’m curious what their reaction would be if I re-started this…complete w/notes again!! Thanks for reminding how special they are!!

  3. What a sweet post and great reminder. I love your tablescape! I tell my children every day how much I love them and we hug often. They may be adults now, but that does not change the fact that I love them and want to show them I love them. I love the placemats you made and will try my hand at making something similar.

    ~ Tracy

  4. I love this . . . I’m so glad that your battery lasted long enough to get that picture.
    I love that you put that on your mom’s headstone. Thank you for the ideas and thank you for the reminder to tell our loved ones that we love them. :)

  5. Your tablescape is beautiful Traci!! And I love that you brought the frame to your mom. Last year I bought my mom a card. The sentiment was too perfect to pass up – even after 8 years. Life is too short not to be generous with our love, isn’t it?

  6. Love your tablescape …especially the frame and saying. But, my favorite part of the post is the picture of you with your guys. Every time I see pictures of all of your boys I think that your house must be filled with laughter, some chaos, a particular brand of little boy high jinx and, occasionally, that wet puppy dog smell of a little boy who has played hard. I miss that in my house. Take it all in.

  7. I would LOVE to do a guest post for you…somehow I missed that offer! :) If you get busy in the “aftermove”, I’d love to fill-in! :)

    Your table looks beautiful….I saw it back when you guest posted!

  8. Your boys are adorable. I remember when my 24 and 26 year old sons dressed the same as your boys (khakis and boat shoes).
    Love the tablescape, especially the gingham napkins, and the touch of pink.

  9. What a great post. First, I am jealous of you for having four Sons, when I always wanted nine, and have none. Then tears were streaming when I saw the picture of what you did with your frame. What a talented and caring Mom and Daughter you are. Hope the move is going well.

  10. Beautiful table! I love the frame you left for your mother. It is very difficult losing a parent. My dad passed away 4 years ago. I wish everyday that I could call him or go visit. I agree with you. We should never assume that people know how much we love and care for them. We should show it everyday!

  11. Love this!
    I have been thinking and looking for something to write on my kids’ bedroom wall to plant seeds of encouragement and put words of blessing in their lives.
    This is awesome.

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