Ready to start entertaining this summer but not up for a crowd? Start by hosting a few girlfriends. Pop the bubbly and keep the menu simple and light. It’s great practice and not too much hassle for a party of 4.
Begin with the end in mind, you don’t want to be stressed the day of pulling it all together. Tablescaping can be done long before party time. You may have to add fresh flowers the day of, but setting the stage can be done days ahead of time. (I waited until the last minute to throw this together but I’ve had many years of practice so it was actually fun to think on my feet)
Look around your house, in the closets, the attic, garage and storage shed. In this case, I knew I wanted to use some vintage china, glasses and silverware. But I also wanted to bring in elements that would make the look fresh and fun. I had this large piece of hot pink remnant fabric that would be perfect to cover the bamboo card table (however it would be just fab uncovered—will share this in a future post). Next I needed napkins that would sharply contrast the pink. But I couldn’t find any of my linen napkins in storage. While thrashing through closets, I suddenly froze in amazement and laughed when I saw one of Hayden’s oxford shirts calling my name. I cut that shirt up into four large squares, folded them and pulled them through the brass napkin rings. They were the perfect pop of blue that the table needed.
Centerpiece on this occasion was a bust statue of Diana that I added a string of cobalt blue beads to. (See Below) I didn’t have access to fresh flowers that day and rather than cutting greenery from the yard (it was hot that day), I decided to challenge myself creatively and try something unconventional.
I hope you will try a tablescape for yourself, your roommate, your best friends, your family and send me pics of what you create. I absolutely love to move around objects to create vignettes and I hope you will to.
Tips for Tablescaping
01 : It’s All About the Layering Baby…where more is better!
02 : Keep it simple with floral palette…go monochromatic, use all same flower or all greenery.
03 : If at twilight or after dark, please add candlelight
04 : Be bold by mixing fabric patterns
05: Try some unconventional items for a truly unexpected look
06: Take a pic of it, and adjust. Use pic to decide if it needs more or less or if something should be shifted. I do this all of the time—I guess my naked eye can’t see what the camera sees.