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Making Everyday Mornings Feel Special

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We mix greek yogurt with strawberries and blueberries pretty often here for a simple breakfast. Normally I just spoon a little yogurt in a bowl, throw the berries in, add a spoon, and call it done. Sometimes it’s nice to put some extra thought into a routine meal though, and sitting down to breakfast at a cute table setting made the day feel a little more special. You could switch out the yogurt for whipped topping and make this a dessert too.

Here’s how I put it all together for Eleanor, smiley face included…

We like to use a tray for her place setting because it’s easy to wipe down and it catches crumbs, but a placemat would be a good way to bring in some pattern too (and still protect the table). I used a scalloped bowl for the yogurt and a heart-shaped dish for the strawberries, along with a tumbler as a vase. A cloth napkin feels more special than a disposable one, and the glittery teaspoon on top is extra cute. I had all of these things on hand and most of them aren’t available anymore, but I put together some alternatives below.

Of course, the setting would work just as well for an adult as it would for a kid. I’ll let you decide whether you want to omit the Krazy Straw or not. And flowers help too, even if they’re just carnations. Eleanor sat down and exclaimed “Flowers, wow!”

Do you ever play around with table settings too, or do you tend to wait for special occasions?

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    March 29, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Wow, I would love to sit down to this breakfast! I am really digging the animated image :)

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    March 29, 2012 at 10:55 am

    That was super cute, Nicole.

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    March 29, 2012 at 11:11 am

    So cute, I love it!

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    March 29, 2012 at 11:38 am

    How super cute – love this:-) Made me smile big time!

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    March 29, 2012 at 11:52 am

    so pretty. i’ll try to do something this for my hubby this weekend! Thanks for sharing!

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    March 29, 2012 at 11:58 am

    I could sit here and watch that over and over. Stop motion is rad!

    – Sarah
    A Girl In Transit

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    March 29, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Okay, that’s just amazing!!! I love everything about it! Especially the moving part. Lovely, lovely.

    Thank you for the inspiration and for all the great information in your Alt class last night!


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    March 29, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    using a tray is such a good idea! I’m going to have to try that. The place mat doesn’t corral all the mess my little one can make. He is a big berry and yogurt fan!

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      Making it Lovely
      March 29, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      Using the tray was a big lightbulb moment for me. Give it a try!

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    March 29, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    I love it all – the tray, the animated image, and the yummy, healthy breakfast. Two questions: where did you get the tray and how do you create an animated image like that?

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      Making it Lovely
      March 29, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      The tray was from IKEA. I tried to look it up and link to it, but I couldn’t find it on the website, so I’m not sure if it’s still in stores or not. And I made the animation in Photoshop.

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    March 29, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Ok, I expect all this from you, but if Brandon also does this when he’s on daddy-duty, I’m going to super impressed!

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      Making it Lovely
      March 29, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      Brandon does things like this, too! He even does stuff like this for me sometimes. :)

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    March 29, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    That is awesome!! I wish I was as talented as you at photography and cool animation!!

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    Christina W.
    March 29, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    this is adorable!

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    March 29, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    i like watching the strawberries dance!

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    March 29, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    We use a tray for our daugher as well and it always works out well. And we also use small plates made of melamine that we had gotten as a wedding gift from Crate & Barrel – who knew we’d be using them for our children in addition to our adult parties.

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    Jessica at Lavender and Lilies
    March 29, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    You are just too cute. That is precious. I love the tray idea. That is an excellent idea for easy clean up.

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    March 30, 2012 at 4:41 am

    Hahaaa! That is just the cutest! Dancing strawberries…I’m there.

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    March 30, 2012 at 6:47 am

    How did you do that?, Nice touch!

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    March 30, 2012 at 11:22 am

    love it!

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    March 30, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    that was unexpected, love the animation!

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    Αστεια Βιντεο
    March 31, 2012 at 5:24 am

    Awesome. I love strawberries. I will try to do this. Thanks for sharing!
    Perfect animated image.

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    Susan Baldwin
    April 1, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Nicole, this is just adorable. I’m putting this together for my grandbabies. Thank you!

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    April 3, 2012 at 12:38 am

    this is the cutest anim gif i’ve seen! so sweet.

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      April 4, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      Glass dining table + our 3.5 yo has been a disaster so I totally ran out and bought a pretty tray after seeing this post. FYI my DH deemed it a genius idea :)

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    Jillian Elizabeth
    April 9, 2012 at 6:04 am

    Ahhh pastel pink..Love!

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