"I am going to make everything around me beautiful. That will be my life". Elsie de Wolfe

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

A Simple Table Setting

This a simple table setting I designed for one of my dearest friends for her birthday. It was a beautiful Summer day and the beach house setting overlooking the water was the perfect venue.

I wanted the tables to look fresh, natural and very pretty - as though the flowers had been picked fresh from a field that morning. I chose a combination of pale pink roses, pale orange roses, pink snapdragons, green ivy berry & stems of white snow berries & leaves. I love a mixture of berries & flowers. The colour scheme of orange/peach & pink also worked beautifully.
For the flower vessels I used a collection of single bud cut crystal vases & glasses in different shapes & sizes (many of which were my grandmother's, adding to their beauty). I found something like 40 vessels of varying shapes and sizes in the back of the cupboard (think small jugs, shot glasses & miniature vases).

The placecards were simple textured white paper with glossy orange ribbon tied across the top & names written in chocolate brown ink. Placecards are an important addition to any table setting as they make your guests feel welcome & special.

And finally, the table runner was hessian from Spotlight which had been sewn down each side but with the edges left 'rough' to follow through with the natural theme.