Tabletop: Springtime Pink Confetti + Tulips

May 2, 2016

Hello everyone! April was a running joke with typical rainy-sunshiny-snowy-icy-rainy weather where I’m at in Germany yet I only had eyes for all the breathtaking “cotton candy trees” around filled with cherry blossoms. This month’s tabletop column is a homage to this petal-confetti time of year and though I’ve not used cherry blossoms, they inspired this overall look for the perfect spring tabletop which is lovely for tea time.

Tabletop: Springtime Pink Confetti + Tulips

Anke Illner for decor8

For my flower bouquets I chose pale pink clove, dark ruby colored peony, white bleeding heart, tulip, fancy frill tulips, parrot tulips and ornamental cherry to bring the eye candy colors from outside to my table.

I have been inspired by decor8 columnist Anastasia’s recent posting so much. You should absolutely take a look if you haven’t yet! It made me want to start immediately with arranging spring flowers and cherry blossom branches in the oh so romantic way she did. Thank you for sharing dear Anastasia – you are such a flower poet!

Tabletop: Springtime Pink Confetti + Tulips

Anke Illner for decor8

There is no way around marble currently – it gives your table decoration a noble, trendy look and contrasts delightfully with the playful bouquets. You can do it yourself easily! I took plain glass vases and cut and applied self-adhesive marble foil I bought in the local building supply store. It is typically used to line drawers.

Tabletop: Springtime Pink Confetti + Tulips

Anke Illner for decor8

Tabletop: Springtime Pink Confetti + Tulips

Anke Illner for decor8

To go with the confetti theme I decorated the table with punched paper confetti in many shades of pink and different sizes over my table. My little son gave me a laugh when he – after watching for a while – told me not to arrange each dot by itself (more or less). “Just throw it mummy! It’ll look much more natural!”… ha ha…. Uhm, yes, right! He knows his mother pretty well I’m afraid. It was a good reminder to not always true to aim for perfection when entertaining.

Tabletop: Springtime Pink Confetti + Tulips

Anke Illner for decor8

As I overdid it a little with punching I had so much confetti that it was enough for another DIY project so I decided to create a (very) long garland out of it by sewing the paper dots in a row with my sewing machine.

Tabletop: Springtime Pink Confetti + Tulips

Anke Illner for decor8

Surrounded by confetti and sweet colors I thought – we should certainly have a suitable cake! Here we go… Rhubarb Lemonade Cheesecake. It is partly my own creation. I chose my favorite cheesecake recipe from Annik Wecker (with white chocolate), added a layer of jelly made from organic rhubarb lemonade and rhubarb syrup-infused whipped cream.

Tabletop: Springtime Pink Confetti + Tulips

Anke Illner for decor8

I hope that this tabletop has given you some joy and I wish you all a great month of May! And thank you very much for your sweet words about my last tabletop column with the green theme (shown here), it means a lot to me to read your comments and inspires me to keep creating! See you again on June 6th with another tabletop. – Anke

Note: Please always be careful when arranging flowers with food! Research first. Though I took an image with my cake and a lush flower decoration around you should always check if your flowers are poisonous, in particular when eating together with kids.

(Photography, Styling, Text: Anke Illner/ Editor: Holly Becker)


  • Reply pia May 2, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    this is so cute, love the pastel colors!

  • Reply Taste of France May 2, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    I like the simplicity of this. I don’t see fancy table settings at dinner parties, at least not among my friends, in France. In contrast, I remember my mom totally stressing about them, more so than about the food. In addition, it’s easier for something like a tea, where a cake is as much a decoration as it is the main attraction, and the table isn’t already full of other things.

  • Reply Wrenaissance Art May 2, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    Such a feminine, pretty table–and cake!
    I can see this for a young girl’s first “grown-up” birthday party, with tea and lemonade. Or for her bat mitzvah or confirmation party.

  • Reply wunderschoen-gemacht May 2, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    …. das ist ja genau meins: LIEBLINGSsblumen mit LIEBLINGSdekoallroundtalent “konfetti” in LIEBLINGSfarbe! so, so schön! der mai ist halt mein LIEBLINGSmonat :) du hast ihn mir noch schöner gemacht, anke meine LIEBLINGSkolumnistin! herzliche grüsse, dunja

  • Reply vintageandart. May 3, 2016 at 12:02 am

    One of the most beautiful, creative Spring posts EVER!!

  • Reply Melle Blanche May 3, 2016 at 9:48 am

    I am a fan!
    I look forward to your desserts and decorations.

  • Reply Kayleigh May 3, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    These decorations look so pretty! Lovely colour scheme :)

    Kayleigh |

  • Reply Gabriella May 3, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    This tabletop is gorgeous! It’s definitely helping me escape the chilly, rainy weather we’re experiencing all week here in Boston. Love the bright confetti!

  • Reply Barbara May 3, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Wow! Looooove the pictures!

  • Reply tania muser May 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Hi just beatiful I’m going to share it on my Fb page to give mu followers something to insire them. It’s really inspriing also form me since I’m a floral and evetn designer and really it looks so nice and ormantic and yet very elegant

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