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This Party Calls For A Theme: Citrus Sunshine in January


Often times citrus colors (yellow, green, and orange) are thought of more as a color palette to be used for spring entertaining.  However, January here in Texas means ‘Citrus Season’!  The grocery stores and farmers markets are full of grapefruits, oranges, lemons, and limes as far as the eye can see!  Part of being able to entertain on a modest budget is using what is readily available, and affordable.  So for our ‘Sweet and Savory New Year’ potluck, I turned to citrus for my decorating inspiration!  The great thing about using the fruit as part of the decor is that you can eat it afterwards!


For the main centerpiece seen below I built an elevated area from layered books that were covered with blue cloth napkins.  (The blue became a nice accent color throughout the theme).  I cut branches from a tree in our yard to serve as the arrangement in the vase and placed micro small oranges and key limes on the layered books, intertwined with soft yellow tulle.  The entire centerpiece sits on a simple burlap table runner.



The entire look had a brightness about it that isn’t usually associated with winter.  And the best part (besides now being able to EAT the decorations) is how affordable the whole look was!


21 comments on “This Party Calls For A Theme: Citrus Sunshine in January

  1. Pillows A-La-Mode
    January 31, 2013

    What a fun idea! And when everything is displayed on the table together . . . BEAUTIFUL!!! 🙂

    • Green Door Hospitality
      January 31, 2013

      Thanks so much! It was fun, the citrus smelled great, and now it is a wonderful way to eat the decorations 🙂

  2. Cloches & Lavender
    January 31, 2013

    You are right citrus is readily available this time of year and most of ud do use it only in the spring and summer. Looks great, love the oranges in the jar.


    • Green Door Hospitality
      January 31, 2013

      Thanks Cynthia! And the colors really did bring some great cheeriness to winter.

  3. Pride in Photos Photography
    January 31, 2013

    Absolutely fab! You know how much I like citrus after my post this week on the citrus cake☺ I loved how you had differing heights to the buffet table!

    • Green Door Hospitality
      January 31, 2013

      Thanks! And yes! I actually stared at your beautiful blueberry lemon cake and kept thinking how perfect that would have looked on my buffet! 🙂

  4. Christine
    January 31, 2013

    Have any big plan for those key limes? 😉

  5. Our Adventure in Croatia
    January 31, 2013

    great decoration ideas!

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  7. tableofcolors
    January 31, 2013

    Loved your citrus theme, it would look great against our stark winter white as well bringing some warm color (especially since citrus fruit is in season).

  8. petit4chocolatier
    January 31, 2013

    Loving the citrus theme party! Looks so uplifting, colourful, and delish!

  9. thethinkingcloset
    February 1, 2013

    As a Floridian, I think it’s a MUST for me to use citrus at some point in our decorating…you’ve inspired me. Love it!

    • Green Door Hospitality
      February 6, 2013

      Thanks Lauren!! I loved using it as a color palette and of course EATING the decorations afterwards! 😉
      (By the way, as much as we love our Texan grapefruit we recently had some Florida white grapefruit that was out of this world amazing!!)

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  11. lulu
    February 17, 2013

    I think the colors you have used are good no matter what time of year it is. They are always so warm and friendly and you have used your citrus and most appealing way. I’m

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