National Parks Party Tablescape

My mom’s birthday is Dec 24th, but this year we celebrated early because my parents were going to be visiting national parks in Utah over the holidays. To get excited about the trip my Dad decided that the birthday dinner be “national park” themed. For family dinners I am always in charge of tablescapes (see Thanksgiving Tablescape). I decided to build a few of the well known sandstone arches at Arches National Park out of paper mache for the tablescape. Arches would their first stop. 

The three structures I made were:

I actually had not paper-mached (verb?) in over 20 years but a few quick google searches and some pinterest ideas got me going. I used 1 part water and 1 part flour for the glue and paper grocery bags with masking tape to create the structure.

Landscape Arche Structure 

Landscape Arche Structure 

Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch

The Courthouse Towers

The Courthouse Towers

It took a few days to dry but I was excited with how strong the arches stood up. I then used acrylic paint to bring them alive!

For the tablescape, I placed the three structures table and used tissue paper and air plants to pull everything together. My sisters printed out posters of the National parks and hung them around the room. For the place settings I used natural fiber placemats and fun orange napkins and each guest got cute miniature party hats from Paper Source .

My Mom was so surprised and loved the theme, it was a great evening celebrating her birthday! A week later they were in Moab, UT visiting all the Arches. Here is my sister holding the paper mache Delicate Arch next to the informational sign about the real Delicate Arch!

Anyone else love a good tablescape? I would love to hear about your projects? Need help creating an artsy and creative tablescape? I would love to help you with your next dinner or event, contact me at courtneybeyerdesign@gmail.com.