TABLESCAPING 101: PRACTICAL TIPS

If you know me, you know when I do something I do it right. Especially, when it comes to hosting.

So, when I was presented with the conundrum of Thanksgiving 2020, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to do all the fancy table settings and fun decorations. With the likelyhood of a large family get together being pretty small, I didn’t know if it was worth all the energy to do it up.

Then, I remembered how happy it makes me to make things look nice. So, I decided to go for it. It isn’t about the number of people at the gathering for me, its more about the process of making something aesthetically pleasing.

Whether you are having just your immediate family or some friends or family, I encourage you to use this opportunity to bring the fun and beauty back into 2020.

So, what even is tablescaping?

Tablescaping is the act of creatively and intentionally arranging a tabletop, so that it conveys a specific theme, mood, or experience.

So, essentially, its dressing your table up for a specific occasion.

Tablescaping tips + tricks that can be used for any occasion:

  • Set the table the night before.

I find I’m the most productive before a long day of cooking in the kitchen. If I left the table setting to during or after the cooking process, I would likely never feel like actually making it look nice. So, I almost always put it out the night before (except small things like fresh flowers).

  • Scrap the tablecloth.

I have never understood why people cover their beautiful wooden tables with tablecloths. I love texture and the intricacies of real wood, so being able to see the table is all a part of the beauty.

  • Choose warm or cool tone.

As a visual person, I typically categorize things into warm or cool toned in my brain. That’s not to say you can’t mix and match, because that is definitely an option. But, if you are trying to figure out a basic table, I think it’s easier to pick one or the other. This helps me decide on a color scheme and stick with it. I also find it helps keep the entire table cohesive and feel more put together.

WARM TONES: Gold, Orange, Red, Yellow, Pink, Cream

COOL TONES: Silver, Blue, Green, Purple, Black, Grey

Of course, when I was deciding on what to create for this photoshoot, I couldn’t choose. So, I did two different set ups at two different tables (one cool toned and one warm toned, for reference purposes).

  • Start with greenery in the middle.

Everything looks better with plants. This year I opted for faux garland down the middle. It is actually amazing how much adding a couple strands of garland to the middle of the table adds.

I found two cute options from Hearth and Hand by Joanna Gaines at Target that I ended up wrapping together. The first was a faux eucalyptus garland, and the second was a white berry pine option. The price point was amazing, and they were both so simple that they could be easily adapted to what I wanted to create. And, they can be used over and over again for different occasions.

  • Add fresh flowers to highlight the holiday and season.

Fresh flowers make everything better, and they are the perfect way to add whatever colors you are looking to incorporate. It’s easy to pick up some fresh stems from your local flower shop to elevate the table. For the Thanksgiving table, I added fall colored flowers to the garland. It quickly changed a table that was looking very one dimensional into a vibrate and beautiful table.

I added a single fresh flower at each individual table setting onto of the napkin to add more flowers to the table. I just cut the stem to the desired length and position on top of the napkin. It adds a special personal touch to eat setting.

I also always do a fresh flower centerpiece. I think this a great focal point and really draws the eye in. There is also nothing prettier than fresh flowers, so any place I can add them, I usually try to.

  • When in doubt, add candles.

If you aren’t feeling like the table is complete with just the garland and flowers, adding candles is always add something more without over doing it. I used some candles and holders that I already had on hand, but probably would have added a few more if I had more time to put it together. A table always looks so pretty with real candles burning.

  • Skip the placemat.

I have NEVER found a placemat that I love. Never. Not once. So, I finally decided I’m not using them anymore. I have found that chargers are much cuter and can elevate the vibe of the table much easier than a placemat, all while serving a similar purpose. So, from here on out, I’m using chargers instead of placemats.

When using these tips, you are bound to create a beautiful table setting.

Let me know in the comments below if this was a helpful post!

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