Thursday, July 14, 2016

Hometown Roadtrip Tablescape

Let me take you on a roadtrip tonight halfway
across the United States and back to visit
all of the hometowns of my friends in the
Crafty Girls group.

We are gathered for the first time this summer
at Joanne's again in her beautiful back yard and
her huge gazebo.  She has set the table for
us celebrating our home states.

Pack your vintage suitcases and come along.
(Notice the vintage state of Wisconsin hankie that
she has sewn onto a pillow - my home state!)

Each place setting started with a road map
place mat to anchor the stack of plates, featuring
the lady's home state plate.  I love her use of
these vintage state plates.  We had several from

Isn't the plate from Oregon great?

The napkin rings were oversized tires tied up with a 
travel ticket.

Chargers were black with gold rim metal platters
from various states.

The centerpiece was filled with fresh flowers - as if
picked along the roadside.  Banners between two chippy
garden towers were made out of postcards from the lady's
states and hearts made from maps.

The back of each garden chair was adorned
with an airplane folded from a map,
and a postcard from that state,

along with a car, so we could travel in style.

Of course, we need to don a pair of sunglasses.

Joanne doesn't miss a detail, so each placesetting
had your initial done up as a souvenir magnet
featuring a roadmap with your hometown.  Mine
happened to be the longest trip!

We each got a cookie featuring a postcard from
our home state too!  They were so fresh, they were
bending in the summer heat.  Amy made the adorable
and delicious cookies.

Of course Joanne decorates the huge shed turned
into gazebo with the travel theme.

I love these road trip hearts made into a banner.

Tonight's party was in honor of Jann's birthday.
Jann has a wonderful blog at
Go and meet her if you haven't already
become friends with her!  So fun to have
a real blogging friend!!!

I made the cake, which I will tell you more about in 
my next blog!  

After the fun and festivities, we sat down to work
on a crazy quilt pin cushion, demonstrated by Brenda.

This is her sample!  We all had fun starting to embellish
ours, but the project will have to be finished at home.

Thanks for an amazing party Joanne.  Everyone 
contributes to the dinner or craft, so thanks to
Laura, Jann, Brenda, Natalie, Karen and Amy too.

Of course the birthday girl doesn't have to do anything
but smile!!  Happy birthday Jann.

I will be posting this with 


Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. How wonderful. That is a awesome party theme. So many wonderful accents and honoring your home state. I have been to Jann's blog. It must be wonderful to have a real life blogger friend... The cake is lovely. I shall look for that tutorial. I have some time now Jackie, if you want to chat about updating your blog

  2. Jacqueline, this has to be one of the cutest parties I've seen. I love this theme and the details used to pull it off. You girls go all out. Happy Birthday to Jann.

  3. OH Jacqueline, your crafty girls,club has soooo much fun! Wow, Joanne sure did the decor up right in honoring all of your home states, didn't she? She is so great with all the details. Your birthday cake for Jann looks heavenly, and a special birthday wish goes to Jann!

  4. What a great party! Unique decorations and fun theme. Look forward to seeing post on the cake. Happy Birthday to Jann.

  5. What an incredible party!! I love how she used plates from different states! My mom used to collect plates like those when she was on vacation. What a wonderful way to use those vintage treasures. The crazy quilt cushions were a great idea, too. Thanks so much for sharing this fun party!

  6. How fun; and what a great theme! Everything looks so pretty! I am sure you ladies had a great time. Your cake looks beautiful, as always.

  7. that is the cutest idea for a party that I've seen in a while!!!
    I wanna hang with you girls!!! FUN FUN FUN!!!

  8. All looks good and unique. Birthday cake was super!. That red color pillow cover looks great.

  9. Oh how cute, fun and original! I need this for all my travels! Thanks for sharing, Jacqueline....Christine

  10. This is just incredible Jacqueline! Your group is so TALENTED, and this tablescape is so original, so detailed, and so detail oriented and personalized it is over the top! What a wonderful tribute to each and everyone of you on Jann's birthday. Can't wait to hear more about the cake and pin cushion,

  11. The most unique theme ever! So much detail and care went into each setting this is amazing.

  12. What a fun theme! So unique. It's so nice to have a great group of girl's to share this with and celebrate your Birthday's.

  13. Jaquelyn another wonderful party and your cake is gorgeous as always.I envy you your magnificence in always creating such perfect tables and recipes.I have been following your blog for years.I know you and your hubby and kids get to travel often.It has been my dream to travel,this year I anm going on a Mission trip to Uganda.there will be 15 of US TAKING THE KIDS FROM OUR ORPHANAGE ON AN aFRICAN SAFARI where the will stay in a motel and eat in a restaurant for their very first time then we will build 3 brick houses for the members to sleep in.would you and your husband be interest in sponsoring me in this adventure? please let me knowsusie

  14. Jacqueline, You must love being part of this amazing group of women! You are all so creative! I love the table theme and the little details like the map/heart garland and the state postcards are perfect. I don't think I would stick pins in that beautiful pin cushion! The cake looks delicious too. The birthday girl must have been thrilled with it all! Linda

  15. This is a gorgeous tablescape. I love the road trip theme and I am going to try this for sure. So much beauty and I am so happy you shared at Dishing it and Digging it link party.

  16. Jackie, the party was fabulous and I still am dreaming of my dreamy cake. :) You and Joanne did a fabulous job! I can't say thank you enough!! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.


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