Inspired Tablescape – Part II

Feb 3

As promised, I’m back with more photos and lots of details about the tablescape I recently styled. The vision was for a pretty winter wedding with an afternoon reception with champagne and delicious treats galore. I worked out the color palette and details inspired by Ami’s inspiration board and from there picked a few details I wanted to focus on when pulling everything together. The emphasis for me was on color and finding a way to work in inexpensive paper doilies in cute ways, inspired by the pretty dress with the tiered ruffled neckline in Ami’s board. To further up the challenge, I committed to using only items I already had around my house or things readily available at stores that are in most every town.

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To set the stage, I used assorted sizes of paper doilies from Michael’s to form a pretty table runner inspired by the runner I posted a while back. I simply arranged the doilies until they formed a cool pattern across the table and layered them on top of one another until it looked nice and balanced, but not necessarily symmetrical. From there, I used a whiteware cake stand we received as a wedding gift and a simple, single-tier grocery store cake as the centerpiece. I decorated it with pretty sugar flowers from Hobby Lobby and then headed over to Christmas Tree Shops where I found the champagne coupes and cut glass dinner plates that I used as chargers. The dessert plates on top are a Lenox pattern I found on clearance at TJMaxx.

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I knew I wanted to use doilies as place cards as they so nicely mimicked the scalloped edge of the dessert plates so I asked the lovely Carolynn of Two Brunettes to help me out with some cute place cards. Using the original inspiration photo as her muse, she hand painted pretty little flowers and designed an adorable round place card design using Honey Script from dafont. I cut out each circle and ran them through my Xyron to make them into stickers and then attached them to the center of the doily. Super easy, super inexpensive, but also super pretty. Favor tags for kraft paper bakery boxes were made in the same way using Carolynn’s painted flower design and a pretty little doily with inexpensive ribbon from Michael’s.

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I made napkin rings out of tulle purchased at Hobby Lobby and then quickly added some pretty beads to give them a little sparkle. I actually sewed on the beads, but you could easily use super glue, too. I had decided to only use whatever white flowers I could find at the grocery store en route to the shoot and low and behold, simple white carnations were all she wrote. I clustered them in a small white candy dish found at Michael’s, stuffed with a bit of tulle from the napkin rings to give the clear container a bit of color.

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More to come in a bit!
{Photos by Megan Dailor for The Sweetest Occasion.}