Create A Tablescape Like A Boss | Hen House Linens

From our Creative Director, Katherine Poole

Don't let the precious party stylers on pinterest intimidate you into their notion of "easy" DIY tablescapes.  Ain't nobody got time for that.  All you need is already right there hiding in plain sight.  Keep scrolling for my tips!

a rustic tablescape composed of "foraged" items from around the house

I believe the best tablescapes are the ones that USE WHAT YOU HAVE.  No need to shell out for fancy floral or spend hours crafting elaborate napkin rings.  Put down the glue gun and take a look around your home, then heed my top 4 bits of advice.

Number One.  Use your best stuff.  There is always a good story behind your china (even if it is the fact that your partner thinks it is hideous).  Silver flatware is a must.  Use a mix of heights and shapes for glassware.  

Number Two.  Use actual, REAL cloth linens.  Yes, we are biased, but paper does not look as lovely or FEEL as good in your hands as cloth.  Period.  

fine china, flea market find silver + an eclectic mix of glassware!

fine china, flea market find silver + an eclectic mix of glassware!

Number Three.  Keep centerpiece arrangements minimal.  I just cut whatever is interesting looking in my yard (or my neighbor's yard--she'll never miss a few branches.)  City slickers might have to get more creative...  think seasonal fruits and veg.  Feel that Dutch still life vibe!  

branches of ligustrum snaked around decorative pumpkins and mercury glass votives.  came together in less than 5 minutes.

branches of ligustrum snaked around decorative pumpkins and mercury glass votives.  came together in less than 5 minutes.

Number Four.  Pepper the table with conversation starters.  I recently had a dinner party and used silver baby cups as votive holders.  Go on a treasure hunt...  The collection of antique bottles on your dresser.  The bowl of shells on the book shelf.  Old photographs, cool bookends, ginger jars...  

Your treasures make it personal, visually interesting and communicate to your guests that you put your heart into this gathering.  

vintage danish holiday tiles get a modern reboot with mercury glass bird and metal tree that usually reside on my mantle!

vintage danish holiday tiles get a modern reboot with mercury glass bird and metal tree that usually reside on my mantle!