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Inspired Tablescape – Part II

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.


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.





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.




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.



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

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Tuesday 21st of February 2012

This is soooo beautiful! Thanks for sharing it!! What a great idea!!

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Thursday 16th of February 2012

[...] Another great way to make one yourself is to make use of the paper doilies that you can literally buy at almost any supermarket! You can get them in different shapes and sometimes different patterns, stick them together with sticky tape and amaze your guests! See this lovilee post by the sweetest occasion. [...]

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Thursday 22nd of September 2011

[...] This one is easy as pie! You just buy the doilies, arrange them the way you want and stick them together. Check out the whole project on the The Sweetest Occasion Blog. [...]

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Sunday 28th of August 2011

[...] Why We Love It:  Perfect for a rustic chic wedding, it not only looks delicious but it truly hits all the right notes for an understated, garden ‘do. Proving that bigger isn’t always better, it’s sweet, pretty and stylish. And, those doily details are fabulous – and so easy to achieve for a DIY bride. (Love this look? Check out our DIY Petal Cones!) Image: The Sweetest Occasion. [...]

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Thursday 4th of August 2011

[...] Super cute tulle napkin rings.  via The Sweetest Occasion [...]

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