A key element to the look of your reception will be your tablescape. We gathered four of our favorite ideas for tablescapes and gave you our inside tricks to creating the look of your dreams.
The use of a combination of textures, materials and layers is very important to create depth and to communicate your vision. Start with identifying what key pieces you would like to see on your table. Are you interested in a rustic look? Flowers galore? Or something more classic… Then begin finding unique pieces that bring your dream to reality. Hunting in areas such flea markets, thrift stores, garage sales or your own home can be excellent locations to find the pieces you will need. These pieces can be flatware, dishes, goblets, water glasses, cloth napkins, vases, trays, etc. Other options are also to look up rental companies in your area that may provide the look you desire. If using a rental company make sure there is enough service for your guest list.
Lighting is very important in the design of your tablescape. The right lighting enhances your guests level of comfort, makes the area festive and will take your table to another level of beauty. On-table options include using candles in varying heights (tapers, votives, tea, pillar), lanterns, or lamps. Overhead options include string lights, twinkle lights, chandeliers, paper lanterns, traditional lanterns, or hanging bulbs/candles.
Texture can be found by adding linens, outdoor elements (wood, ferns, decorative grasses, rocks, sticks), flowers, unique finds, flatware, paper, string (twine, jute, hemp, cotton, rope), lace, and ribbon.
Vases help to add dimension and varying height to the tablescape. Be sure to test the height of the tallest pieces to be sure they will not obstruct the view of your guests. Conversation and interaction is a key element to throwing an event to remember and it will not be as easy if guests are talking through flower arrangements. Vases of varying height and material are an easy place to create a unique look. Try using a mix of traditional vases and unique pieces such as wine bottles or tea tins. Wrap bottles in strings, lace, greenery or leave without decoration for a simple chic look.
Menu and name cards are easy ways to add elegance and give your guests information about the meal to be served. If you prefer a free seating plan, add a menu to dress up each table setting. Whether you decide to use both or none at all they are easily tucked, strung around or placed on top of folded cloth napkins.
Creating the perfect tablescape takes a little patience, a lot of research and creativity. Think outside of the box, try to use personal touches where you can and most of all, have FUN!! Here are four styles we liked and a few key elements in creating each design.
Natural fibers are important in this design for tablecloths, runners, and napkins. Use things found in nature such as herbs like rosemary threaded through a name card for rustic elegance (extra bonus, the scent!).
Colors: brown, gold, rose gold, green, white, cream
Other elements: wildflowers, twine, wooden accents, greenery, decorative grasses, butcher paper
Fonts: use a mixture of all fonts
Classic pieces are key in this design. Think of what made Grandma’s house so cute and unique, was it her milk glass collection? Her sweet china collection? Soft accents and florals will help with the overall design.
Colors: shades of pink, green and blue, white, cream
Other elements: mix and match china, use simple flower arrangements, bud vases, tea tins, silk, lace, mirrored trays to reflect candle light for added elegance
Fonts: use calligraphy, cursive
Simple clean lines are important to this tablescape. Less can be more in this look. To soften hard lines add fresh and abundant flowers in low heights, or pops of greenery.
Colors: white, grey, black, silver, gold
Other elements: use smooth glass for a modern chic look for all water and wine glasses as well as vases
Fonts: serif or sans-serif
Fun prints and textures can be layered for a unique soft look. The key is to be easy and laid back, the design is fee and may not require place cards or menus. The free seating can allow for guests to mix and encourage organic seating arrangements for fee flow of conversation.
Colors: deep tones of purple, red, teal, orange, yellow, gold
Other elements: mixture of wild florals, goblets, rustic table, candles, prints and solids
Fonts: use a mixture of all fonts