Whether it be wedding table settings, black tie or prom, how to dress a table is an important detail to get right and it needn’t cost you the earth! I’ve been to and seen some fabulous ideas and will share some of these with you so that you can mix and match and play with to hopefully come up with something totally unique for you.
This can depend upon the type of bridal occasion you are having. If you are having a wedding breakfast it can be a lovely to see large centre piece vases full to the brim with bright, fresh fruit and sprigs of Himalayan birch that have been wrapped with a Swarvoski crystal vine varying between diamontes to hints of the wedding colour theme.
Fresh flower arrangements filled with seasonal flowers and intermingled with twisted willow and Swarvoski crystal vines can look breathtaking, not to mention the scent that these give. I’ve also known brides have large fish bowls filled with gold fish, however depending upon the guests depends upon the suitability of this type of table decoration! A spring or summer table scattered with rose petals shouts out romance and for place names why not consider buying simple glass coasters and writing in glass paint each person’s name. It may be time consuming but these will also serve as a keepsake of your special day. Why not commission some crocheted lavender stuffed hearts with your guest’s embroidered initials; another keepsake. Simple place names that are scented with an essential oil of your choice can serve two purposes, they are inexpensive to create and yet depending on the oil used can either evoke romance, invigorate or calm your guests; you could even have different scents for different tables! Lavender for those party animals that may need taming, neroli oil for the singles table, the options are limitless and you can have fun with it. How about hand gathered stones or shells that have been washed and then paint each guests’ name on, varnish if you like for a memory they can keep forever.
Depending upon the colour theme of your occasion, generally this time of year is warm and glowing. There are so many options with this season and some of them are autumn leaves, especially acer or maple due to the vibrancy of their colours. A large vase loosely filled with these bright leaves and battery operated fairy lights can look beautiful especially as darkness draws in. I’ve been to a wedding where each table had a turkish style lantern lit to give a smouldering romantic glow to the occasion and slices of wood had been cut for each guest and their names burned into them, these proved lovely items to keep. What about hand crafted chocolate boards with the guests name inscribed, an edible fancy to keep hungry guests at bay.
You may feel this would be a stereotypical type of table dressing with everything being so seasonal, but why not try something a little different. There are some fantastic feather butterflies in all the colours you can think of why not have these mingled in with cornus sanguinea Midwinter Fire or (Dogwood). These shrubs have fantastic bright red stems in the winter and if these are entwined with Swarvoskis, fresh water pearls and some fairy lights you have centre pieces everyone would remember. What about handbaked ginger biscuit place names with either the guest’s name inscribed in icing or put a hole at the top and have a raffia and wooden plaque with the name written or painted on. Another edible goody for your guests to smile about! I’ve also seen tea-light holders made from gingerbread so that the scent of ginger wisps around the tables, have a little fun seeing which table can hold off eating their holder the longest. These are just a few ideas that you can mingle with your own to create that unique bit of magic for your table decorations. Of course, your table settings may well be dictated to by the time of year i.e. autumnal colours, winter freshness or deep reds, blues or greens but whatever you choose, be creative and most of all have fun.
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