As one of our last events at our gorgeous downtown studio, we hosted a dreamy collaborative Tablescape Design workshop with some of our favorite businesses. The studio was full of gorgeous flatware from Williams Sonoma, stunning floral from Palm and Pine Design Co, and delicious treats from Woops Bakeshop!
The lovely Lexy Ward, founder of the PROPER blog, spent the evening teaching everyone how to create a tablescape that your dinner guests will be talking about for months to come!
According to Lexy, choosing a color palette or a theme is always the first thing you should do. It’s so much easier to visualize your table once you have a direction in mind! (One fun thing to try is working with a monochromatic theme! Choose one color, and decorate your table using only varying shades of that hue.)
Once you have a theme in mind, you can start choosing your table dressing. Really think outside of the box when it comes to table runners! This is a great place to include some DIY in your table setting – try using yarn, rolls of cork, or even piles of real produce!
After your table is “dressed,” you can start adding pieces to the table. You’ll want to determine your centerpiece pretty early, so you can decide how to fit everything around it. The bigger the centerpiece = the smaller the chargers.
Lucky for us, we had an amazing selection of flatware and serving ware from Williams Sonoma to choose from! From Lexy herself: “Copper is totally having a moment right now!”
Once your table is starting to come together, you’ll want to add some finishing touches to really put it over the edge! Lexy showed us how to use things like napkins and greenery to create texture on the table, and advised on the importance of using name cards and assigned seating to avoid awkward interactions at family events.
Pro tip: Grab a step stool and view your table from above! That way, you’ll be able to spot any empty spaces and fill them in!
Next, Kayln from Palm and Pine Design Co dropped her expert knowledge on adding greenery to your table. When choosing your florals, you’ll want to stay away from lilies or other pungent flowers, because you don’t want your guests to be overwhelmed by the scent of the florals or greenery instead of the food.
As a general rule, you’ll want to be sure to have these three things in your centerpiece: Spiller, filler, thriller.
Once you’ve picked your flowers, open them up, strip the leaves, and put them in a fresh vase or bucket of water until it’s time to build the centerpiece. If you have a lazy Susan lying around, grab that to build a centerpiece on, so you can easily see every side.
Now our guests were ready to build their own tables! We split them into two separate groups, and let them get to work!
With the same items to choose from, each group flawlessly executed two completely different design concepts! One table went with fun and colorful, while the other table opted for modern and minimal.
When it was all said and done, (and everything was properly documented on Instagram, of course) we all got down to the real task at hand: devouring the Woops macaroons!
Servingware by Williams Sonoma
Table Settings by Lexy from The Proper Blog
Florals by Kalyn of Palm & Pine Design co
Photography by Robyn of Fine Photo Co.
Macaroons and pastries by Woops Bakeshop
Placecards by Renee of Case Sensitive Designs