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Pier 1 Imports: Grand Opening {Event Recap + Creative Highlights}

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A gorgeous new Pier 1 Imports store opened a few weeks ago and I was thrilled to participate in the Grand Opening Event by demonstrating some creative and outside-the-box ways to entertain with Pier 1 products! Amber and Alyssa came with me, and we had a great time chatting with guests about entertaining ideas and teaching them how to make different types of DIY paper flowers. Another fun piece of “grand opening” news: Pier 1 JUST launched a brand new website complete with ONLINE shopping!


From rustic coffee mugs used as dessert pedestals to a colorful tube wine rack reinvented as a table centerpiece, I’m excited to share a recap of the event’s entertaining tips & highlights with you today! The best thing about all of these tips is that they can be utilized with ANY sort of theme or occasion you have in mind.


– DIY Paper Flowers (4 different styles)
– Theme & Color Palette Inspiration
– DIY Cake & Dessert Stands made from dishes, bottles, and candle holders
– Repurposing & Reinventing (necklaces as mini garlands, napkin rings as bottle accents, etc)

diy paper flowers tutorial


We showcased a few different types of paper flowers, but the easiest variation (pictured above) was probably my favorite style, due to both the “quick & easy” factor AND the fun whimsical vibe they gave when attached to floral wire! I displayed some individually in mini glass bottles used as “bud vases”, and combined a whole bunch of them with fresh flowers for the table centerpiece:

a whimsical and vintage brunch tablescape with a modern twist

*Note: A tutorial on the whimsical paper flowers will be posted separately.


I also used a trio of the mini glass bottles ($14/set of 4) to create the playful dessert stand below. Despite what you may be thinking, this was actually very sturdy! The bottles are secured to the plates using 3D craft glue dots.

diy cake stand tutorial

vintage and modern dessert table with owls


The dessert/accent decor idea table is pictured above. I chose this vibrant owl wall art (only $19.99!) as my “starting point inspiration” for the entire theme and color palette. It served as part of the dessert table “backdrop”, and a coordinating print was featured at a different angle further down the table.


Pillar candle holders are one of my favorite things to use for DIY cake/dessert stands. They’re affordable, sturdy, and come in a variety of different styles and heights, which is great for adding visual interest to any table. In the dessert stand pictured below, I also decorated Pier 1’s White Wash Wooden Candleholder ($11) with adhesive scrapbook embellishments to further tie it in with the rest of the theme…easy peasy!

diy dessert stand tutorial made with candle stick holders

You can also use upside down mugs and bowls as “pedestals” for dessert stands and centerpieces! :)

diy vintage cake stands


This next arrangement was definitely one of my favorites… a trio of decorative recycled glass bottles “wearing” metal flower napkin rings! Pretty darn cute, right? Not to mention as easy as it gets as far as centerpieces go. :) The tall glass bottles are only $8 each, and the small one is from the mini bottles set referenced above.

vintage bottle centerpiece idea


Here are some of the other styles of paper flowers we displayed. The petals were all cut free-hand from decorative scrapbook paper and pages torn from an old book I own that was simply gathering dust before being reinvented in flower form.

diy giant paper flowers tutorial

For the table place settings, 4 different colors of Hemstitch napkins were embellished with paper napkin rings that I designed + bookpage paper flowers.

book page flowers and printable napkin rings

celebrate paper napkin ring


Here’s a close-up of the table centerpiece, which was made from Pier 1’s colorful tube wine rack + fresh flowers + paper flowers. Inside each wine bottle slot is a plastic cup filled with floral foam, which all the fresh flowers are inserted into first, followed by the tall paper flowers. I really love how playful and whimsical it turned out!

whimsical flower centerpiece

Side note: this centerpiece was put together on the flat bed of my truck, in the parking lot before the event started. When you’re outside of your own workspace/comfort zone you just have to wing it sometimes! Alyssa got some good iPhone pics of the process, which I might share later. ;)

vintage book paper flowers

paper roses and giant paper flowers for added decor

dessert table decorations

Did you know that Pier 1 carries jewelry?! And it’s super cute and affordable too. The pretty Red & Gold necklace pictured above is less than $15! I used this one and the same design in teal to add some extra sparkle to the dessert table.

whimsical paper flowers

tablescape with paper flowers centerpiece and book page flower napkin rings


Thanks again to everyone at Pier 1 for being so gracious and welcoming! I can honestly say that it’s the most beautiful Pier 1 store I’ve personally been into – everything is so spacious and bright! Pretty much everything featured in the images above can be found at your local Pier 1 store or online at (at least as of now!). Please note: prices may vary by store.

life is too short to drink bad wine

Last but not least, I couldn’t resist designing a few themed printables to coordinate with the “wine rack” centerpiece… such as “Life’s too short to drink bad wine.” So true. ;)


– Event Styling & Graphic Design: Jenn Sbranti / HWTM
– Photography: Kelly Donohue (located in San Luis Obispo, CA)

Have any fun, outside-the-box entertaining tips to add? Please feel free to share them or post links to your own pics in the comments section below!

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

13 responses to “Pier 1 Imports: Grand Opening {Event Recap + Creative Highlights}”

  1. Gorgeous tablescapes! Love the vintage color scheme and paper flowers!

  2. Wonderfully whimsical design work! Love the vintage bottles + napkin rings and the paper flowers. Lovely!

  3. Sunny says:

    I love everything about this. I’m a huge sucker for paper flowers. Beautiful work as always. I also love your wine printable. Lovely.

  4. laura~eye candy event details says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE what you did! I absolutely LOVE Pier 1 to the point that they know me by name at the one I shop at! lol You are such an inspiration & I love your style so much. Great ideas & what an exciting event to get to do! You rock! xoxo

  5. I truly love this whole party! I love all of the colors and how classy it looks! I really like how you used normal household items to create such a decorative party. It’s so creative and unique. Thank you for sharing this. Pure genius!

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  8. kirti says:

    Like it all the products.


  9. Kate says:

    Where can we find the video to the DIY paper flowers? Please reply ASAP. I’m planning on following it for a table setting. It’s a really good idea.

    • jenn s. says:

      Hi Kate –
      Glad you like this idea! You can find the DIY tutorial for the main paper flowers used in the centerpiece and in the bud vases right here. (It’s not a video but there are step-by-step pictures.) Good luck with the party! :)