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The twins are turning 17 this week.

I know, right?

Are you telling yourself the same thing I’ve been saying for the past month? What in the world? When did that happen? Weren’t they just wearing twirly whirly skirts and teaching their stuffed animals geometry and dressing up like Jackie Kennedy for Very Important Person week.

Part of me is crying a little inside.

Part of me is full of joy and pride at the amazing young women they are becoming.

The struggle is real.

In honor of the birthday week, we had a mini-celebration yesterday. We decorated the table and put out the food and made peach tea and got everything ready for a party.

A party that started with these plates.

If you have read this blog for more than a hot minute, you know there’s not a lot of cooking going on around here.

But table setting and table decorating?


Yes, please.

Everything in on our fancy table came from Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart.

I found this entire set of white dishes for under $40.

And these blue plates.

And these placemats.

And these salt and pepper shakers.

The centerpiece is so simple.

I cut some hydrangeas and added eucalyptus and then tossed in a few white pumpkins and some woven branches for texture.

Then we stacked the plates and set the table.

And added these woven pumpkins.

The leaf is just cut out of a book page.

You could add a name to the leaf for guests, too.

Here’s the food set up in the kitchen.

Just some simple snacks and fruits and vegetables and cheeses.

All topped off with peach tea.

All of the serving pieces came from Walmart.


Like this wood tray with the brass handles.

And the wood bowl with the brass handles. I couldn’t find the exact bowl online, but they have them in the stores and here’s one that’s similar.

There are white platters (these are similar to the ones I found in the store).

And white pitchers.

I used this wood cake stand.

And this white cake stand.

And we served fruit on these little plates.

And I found this adorable butter dish.

And after we finished celebrating, it was time for coffee with these mugs and the cutest creamer and sugar containers.

We talked about all the things.

About twirly whirly skirts.

And football games.

And ponytails and tennis shoes with wheels.

We shared and giggled and told stories and laughed so hard that I never wanted the night to end.

I know one day they will leave the nest.

I get it.

I understand.

There’s a big world out there just waiting to meet them. They are going to fly higher and farther than we can ever imagine. There are mountains to climb and challenges to tackle and incredible, amazing opportunities just around the corner.

But for now.

But for today.

I’m glad they are home. 🙂

PS Happy birthday twinnies.

Love, mom.

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  1. Image for Richella J. Parham Richella J. Parham

    Oh, those plates! Honestly, the BH&G line at Walmart is just amazing. Such pretty things--and the items I've bought have been excellent quality, too! But the twins are 17? What?? Enjoy, Mama. Time doesn't ever slow down.

  2. Image for Marty Marty

    Such a pretty table setting and I love the Better Home & Gardens line. Loved the food displays too, makes me hungry. Happy Birthday to the Twins.


    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I know it is bittersweet-have felt that joy/pain (honestly still feel it -twenty years later). You have celebrated this milestone with style. Love the dishes(I have a thing for them too) and the table decor. Enjoy your time and know that you have done everything for them to fly successfully!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Image for Sandra Sandra

    Very pretty, love all the white with the natural touches. May I ask is your eucalyptus real, if not where did you purchase it?

  5. Image for Melanie Mixon Melanie Mixon

    Happy Birthday girls! You are blessed! Karianne, can you direct me to how to make the cutle little pumpkins on the plates? I have that same cording and would love to make some. Thanks

  6. Image for Linda Linda

    Love the Tablescape! Happy birthday to the Twins and to you and hubby also! We want them to fly but it’s difficult letting them leave the nest.

  7. Image for Peg Peg

    Happy Birthday mini-Thistles!!! The blue and white melamine plates must be sold out because no price is shown and it says delivery or pickup not available.. Waaaah

  8. Image for Jillian Jillian

    Pretty, pretty. I remember this as if yesterday (time really shifts and speeds up when you are older) The whole of my sons senior year I felt the same way. I was so very proud of him and his friends. Such amazing people. I cried a lot too. I even cried that these kids I had known since 1st grade were going off to lives I mostly would not see. Life. I know you will keep your family close and have many happy years together because you are so loving and giving. Enjoy this special time.

  9. Image for Janice Paschal Janice Paschal

    Beautiful table! What a wonderful celebration of your sweet girls. But I get that it’s a little emotional to think they’ll be 17. Where have the years gone? Love your whole family!

  10. Image for Maureen Maureen

    You will ALWAYS enjoy your girl time with your daughters. Believe me, it just gets better! I am currently enjoying some amazing time with my youngest son in Seattle and loving every minute!

  11. Image for Shirl Meckley Shirl Meckley

    What is the small wooden round box?? I think I have one. Is it a salt box?? Thanks for making my day a beautiful one each and every day. I don't know how u do all u do? Shirl Meckley

  12. Image for Jenn Jenn

    Oh I get it!! My oldest just turned 17! I am so happy for him though, this is where the rubber meets the road as we see all those years of love and hard work play out in these amazing humans!! But man does the time just keep on flying by! I love the table setting and all of the food looks perfect!

  13. Image for Marlene Stephenson Marlene Stephenson

    Happy Birthday girls and as i told my granddaughter{ she's only 11} you can't date till your 25, lol!! Her dad said 30. The twins are so pretty and they did grow way too quick!!

  14. Image for Lynn W Lynn W

    The table is absolutely gorgeous! Happiest of Birthdays to your daughters 💜❤️💗 Crazy how time flies by 😳

  15. Image for Julie Briones Julie Briones

    Happy b-day to the girls... funny... when my girl turned 17, we started talking about her preparing her for marriage. I don't think too many mamas go through that these days. Enjoy... 17 is hard and wonderful all at the same time! Love the table and decor, KariAnne!

  16. Image for Betsy Betsy

    My grandson just turned 17 and I'm not ashamed to admit that I cried on his birthday. I cared for him everyday until he started pre-school. Indeed, where does the time go. Of course my daughter was just 17 herself or so it seems, actually 30 years ago! My dear mother use to say even a Ritz cracker deserves a great plate to sit upon. She had lots of dishes : ). P.S. thanks so much for all the links. My budget loves you. xoxoxoxo

  17. Image for Dianne Miley Dianne Miley

    Be still, my heart! You’re the BEST mom and it’s soooo hard when they leave the nest. But you are amazing and you’ll do great!!!! (And that’s a 4 exclamation point comment. Sign me up for the !!!! club!) LOL!!!!

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