Inspired Table

Styling tables is one of the best things I get do as the owner of Hen House Linens.  (Accounting, not so much.)  We are fortunate to have other gifted stylists in the roost as well and I am always surprised and delighted to see what inspires them.  This tablescape was created by our photographer, Lee Kriel, who was keen on hosting her own fall dinner party outside.  She started with a runner from our Mallory Cottage Collection in rich claret.  The Filligree napkins tie the whole eclectic look together perfectly.  Enjoy!

I just love the blankets draped over the chairs.  What a thoughtful detail that will ensure the party does not end when the sun goes down.

cotton table runner
cotton table runner

A rustic camp thermos full of warm coffee is a wonderful counterpoint to the silver wine chalices.

linens for the holidays
linens for the holidays
outdoor thanksgiving table
outdoor thanksgiving table

A simple arrangement of moss, apples and white pumpkins are simple, lovely and un-fussy.  The antlers are playful and a great conversation piece!

table linens for entertaining
table linens for entertaining
harvest table
harvest table
rustic table setting
rustic table setting

 Lee made this thankful jar with pieces of paper and pens for her guests to share their thoughts and reflections.

a place at the table

There is no shortage of inspiration for table settings and place cards.  While I love the elaborate, clever and eye catching tablescapes on Pinterest and in magazines, I firmly believe that less is more.  Why put time into something that once everyone sits down won't even last the time it takes for your guest say, "wow, you must have spent hours glueing those beads on that tiny hat."  Here are my tips:

  • Keep it simple.
  • Consider the napkin.  (Fold, fluff, cuff, pouf!)
  • Use stuff you already have.
  • Go for natural elements, (It's already lying in your yard!)
  • Use interesting trimmings. (There is no shortage of free fonts, cool stamps, funky craft papers and fun cutout shapes to be found.)

Here are some of our favorites...

colorful cotton dinner napkins and place cards
colorful cotton dinner napkins and place cards
easy centerpiece ideas gold and white cotton table linens
easy centerpiece ideas gold and white cotton table linens
gold and white cotton table linens
gold and white cotton table linens
fun place cards ideas cotton table linens
fun place cards ideas cotton table linens
Thanksgiving place cards cotton table linens
Thanksgiving place cards cotton table linens
orange and white cotton dinner napkin
orange and white cotton dinner napkin
purple and white cotton dinner napkin
purple and white cotton dinner napkin
simple place cards for the table
simple place cards for the table