Thursday, May 17, 2018

Backyard Garden Party Tablescape

This past week, I had a phone call from a client who asked that I design a tablescape for a backyard garden party she had decided to throw - with 3 days' notice.  Always up for a tablescape challenge, my mind spinning with ideas, I got to work play putting together a mock set up in my backyard. 


Though there was a time crunch, I did manage to snap a few pics to share with you. Here's a look at what I came up with.

The only direction I was given was for the decor to have a spring garden feel to it.

I already had some realistic faux greenery (Michael's) which I paired with faux florals (HomeSense).

I placed them in these lacy white tin pots that I've had for years (Ikea).

Tiny white fairy lights were woven throughout the greenery and the battery pack was put in the bottom of the metal pot.

Although hard to see in the daylight, the little lights will add a lovely glow to the table as it gets darker.

I added 3 of these green lanterns which coordinated well with the green and white checked tablecloths I used.

Because my client said she had a round table that had to be used, I added one to the end of the rectangular tables.

She was expecting 18 guests so it's always a challenge to accommodate everyone at one long table.

Alternating cloth napkins in yellow, green and white helped add more colour to the place settings.

My client was going to use her own white plates but asked for chargers so I put out some gold ones.

I included some napkin embellishments in the form of little faux greenery pieces.  It's not shown but I later tied 2 pieces of greenery together with a twine bow to add a bit more weight to them.

Once I was satisfied with the look of the tablescape, I sent some pics to my client.  Fortunately, she loved it so I packed everything up and delivered it to her place.

I like to imagine her guests enjoying her delicious cooking while gathered around the tablescape I put together.

 This was so fun to do! Tablescaping is always enjoyable but getting a paying gig is fantastic! :)

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Birds & Nests Springtime Table

It finally seems like spring has sprung in these parts with the last of the snow having melted and the birds having come home to nest.  With that in mind, I set out to create a tablescape that captures the feel of spring is in the air.  Here's hoping that you have that feeling in your neck of the woods too!



Although this tablescape was put to use for dinner with friends last week, it would work equally well for Mother's Day coming up on Sunday. 

My springtime centerpiece ran the length of the table.  Once again, I incorporated battery-operated fairy lights - just love the sparkle they provide.

This tablescape features birds and nests.

I used one of these rustic hurricane pedestals on each end of the table.

Inside, a white birdie watches over her nest.



A brown metal birdcage was placed in the center of the table atop a wood charger.

The inside was decorated with greenery, a white birdie and a nest filled with eggs.

The view on the other side ...it is important to me that the guests on both sides of the table are able to view the centerpiece in the same manner.

Next to the birdcage, a glass hurricane... 

...with a green pillar candle provides a soft glow.

A garland of faux greenery was woven along the center of the table.



I chose to use green, yellow and white dishware for a springtime vibe.

The dish stack started with a round woven placemat and then a brown charger.

The flatware was placed in a burlap bag and a mini chalkboard provides a placecard.

A tealight was set to the left of each place setting.

A nest of eggs resting on a peat moss cup stands at the top of each guest's place.

Amber coloured stemware sit next to the water glasses.

A coordinating green and yellow napkin is tucked between the dish layers.



While I've created a springtime look in our dining room...

...it's time to get busy getting our yard ready for spring so I can set some tables out there!

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