Spring means flowers, flowers, flowers! Everyone has a favorite. If you don't, pick one now! Flowers in a vase or planted in a sweet pot or garden brighten up anyone's day and often evoke many memories. I always notice flowers, but this past week, I've noticed them especially more than usual. I knew that flowers would be my inspiration for this second blog and table design. Go ahead, pick your favorite flower and read on to learn how you can beautify your table for your next event.
Flowers = inspiration! Nature is beautiful - the color combinations, patterns, and simplicity. For this design, welcome the pink Peony. A beautiful friend of mine chose this flower as it was her late grandmother's favorite and now her own. With Mother's Day coming up and the beauty and complexity in one single bloom, I knew this was it!
Hope you enjoy this "Create in 8" where my design begins with inspiration and ends with helping you find yours!
Step 1: FIND AN INSPIRATION PIECE.
The pink Peony. I took a screen shot of a pic of this beautiful flower and kept it close by as I was out and about, hoping to find treasures and items that would add to this look. If you read my first blog, you know that I often have no clue how I'm going to use everything at the start, and I didn't with this design either!
Step 2: CHOOSE 3 COLORS.
Looking at my flower, choosing my color scheme was easy, especially after my last bright and bold design I wrote about in the first blog, I was happy to keep this one simple. Dark pink, light pink and shades of orange. My neutral will be clear glass and if I need to add an accent, gold lettering.
Step 3: CHARGER PLATES OR PLACEMATS OR BOTH.
Step 4: ADD A PERSONAL DETAIL.
Those that know me know that I L O V E shopping, but more importantly , I L O V E and appreciate finding simple treasures. For this design, I headed to "Old Torrance." A wonderful little place in the South Bay where I enjoy antiquing and stumbling upon new shops and storefronts! I started out knowing that I am into hobnail glassware lately, so I knew I was going to keep an eye out for anything milky and hobnail or clear and hobnail! Walking into a regular antique store, specializing in jewelry, I had this internal struggle "Erin, you are not here to look for jewelry, but I love antique jewelry." You know how it goes.... the search was on! With the Peony pic in my hand (on my iPhone) and a smirk on my face - I was going to find something for this design in this shop and add my own personal detail! VINTAGE LUCITE PINK CONFETTI EARRINGS FROM THE 1950'S. Got them! The lady pointed to a mirror nearby - I told her, "Oh, thank you, but no, they are for a design I'm doing based on this flower..." Super excited and thinking I would use these clip-ons for a napkin ring, I stepped out and onto the next treasure hunt....
The paper store! Oh my! I came across a scrapbooking store and I immediately thought - "Yes! My placemats!" I gathered up a bunch of papers which spoke to me, including some glitter paper and very very thin recycled white paper - I could go crazy here! The answer to the charger vs. placemat question is PLACEMATS! (made out of scrap book paper) .... I will prove to you that it will still look classy and refined!
STEP 5: LOOK FOR ITEMS AROUND YOUR HOUSE (OR GROCERY STORE) THAT MATCH YOUR COLOR SCHEME OR THEME.
While out on my hunt for this bridal shower design, I knew I wanted some sweet treats for this sweet table. Two of my faves are pizzelles and cotton candy, and who doesn't love cotton candy? Simply a perfect addition and I have just the dish (hobnail glass) to display them in.
STEP 6: REPURPOSE ITEMS.
Sheet or tablecloth? It's usually the maid of honor or a family member who throws the bridal shower and more often than not, they are not working with the same budget as the couple getting married. I found these beautiful sheets for them, which came out to be a fourth of the cost of a regular table linen and because they are floor length, they look very elegant. Okay, now listen - if you do decide to use a sheet as a tablecloth, it should be in new or like new condition and you must use different textures to offset the simplicity and softness of the linen. For example, don't try to use pillowcases as placemats too! You're laughing, but I'm serious. I know you'd try it if I didn't tell you not to!
STEP 7: GO OUTSIDE.
I had the color inspiration, the softness, the earrings and the hobnail glassware idea - but how is that truly going to represent the pink Peony. The pink peony, with it's outer layers of deep pink to the lighter pink inner petals and the orange and bright pink anthers inside ..... that's it!( I think of these things at 3 in the morning, while I'm playing musical beds with my daughters.) The table will represent the color contrast of the Peony from outside to inside, the plate setting will be pink, then, an orange bowl, then orange and pink inside (using the confetti earrings). Napkins- napkin ring? Where to place the napkin? There is a flower fold for a napkin! Perfect! Now just to find these things to make my vision come to life.
STEP 8: STAND BACK AND TAKE A LOOK.
What do you think? I'm off to bidding on more vintage earrings and vases to complete this event! I can't wait to hear about and see pics of your flowers turned tables. Happy spring and happy flowering!
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