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

Gathering | A Bridal Tea

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something brewed...

Recently, a friend held a tea for her niece who is marrying this fall.  Invitations went out to all the women in her family: mother, daughters, sisters, cousins, aunts and, of course, Grandmama.  It was an opportunity for everyone to gather around the table and share stories about family weddings: the good, the bad and the ugly bridesmaid dresses.  

The table was simply set with our modern, yet elegant Palm Mineral cloth and coordinating ruffle napkins.  Bowls of hydrangeas cut and tied into bouquets served as the centerpiece and as a lovely takeaway from the day.  To help set the scene and inspire story telling, china and crystal dating back three generations (and borrowed from an aunt or two) was laid out.  And as a surprise, my friend's niece was given a china tea service that belonged to her great, great grandmother.  The tea and the tears flowed, the laughter and the finger sandwiches fed them and a new generation of matriarchs was begun.