The Spring Table

The Spring Table

If you follow me on Instagram then you know it’s no secret that I love tablescapes and flowers.  Every time that I host a get together, I think of the table setting before even planning the menu.  I actually like to set my table 1 or 2 days in advance so that I can choose and move pieces around without being in a rush.

Even when I am not hosting an event, I try to set a pretty table for us to enjoy, although we rarely sit in the dining room for weekday meals – we usually sit in our kitchen table.  Many times I will have a versatile faux arrangement (usually just greenery) as the centerpiece and I change around my chargers and plates to create a different look.  I will leave that out for a month or so and then remove everything, throughly clean the table and start again.

My favorite table settings are when the flowers go on sale at the market and I can really get creative.  Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe’s tend to have reasonable prices for quality flowers.  Sometimes they will have a “Value bouquet” that you can purchase 2 of and create a really full and interesting arrangement.

Below is the arrangement and table setting that I set up for spring – fun, bright and romantic.

 

The Spring Table

What I love about the mixed value bouquets is that they usually include at least 3 types of flowers that you can mix with some roses and create something really special at home.  Something that looks like it came out of a magazine.

 

The Spring Table

The rest of the table was a nod to the flowers.  I chose the napkins and plates in Spring colors that would complement the flowers.  I love having an assortment of linens to choose from when it’s time for dressing the table.  These napkins were less than 2 dollars a piece (from Sur La Table) and they really play off the yellow flowers.

I added 2 egg wreaths to cage some candles since I may keep this setting throughout Easter.  If I change it again, I will be sure to share it with you!

 

The Spring Table

Because my table is so formal (more than I would like) I add earthy elements like the woven charger and the terra-cotta napkin ring, to make the table setting more dimensional.  Also, because the rest of my home is no longer as formal, I like to add casual touches to this formal space.

Although most of my dinnerware is white, I do have a few colorful accent pieces that I can use throughout the year.  Usually it’s accent plates which take up less room to later store.  These rope design blue plates were found at Homegoods.  The dinner plates underneath are white with a green border and a gold rim.  They are from Williams-Sonoma and I purchased them on clearance after their Easter sale last year.  I love those clearance buys because while these plates were considered “Easter” plates to them, they are simple enough to be used in almost any tablescape – Christmas, Mother’s Day and even Thanksgiving.

Don’t shy away from the “expensive” stores as they sometimes have steep sales that can help you build your entertaining inventory.  If you don’t have the space or desire to have a bunch of plates, simple white dinnerware is beautiful.  Just be sure to purchase a few extra plates to account for breakage over the years.  White dinnerware is classic, timeless and food looks great on a white backdrop.

The Spring Table

These green cups have been in my arsenal for over 15 years.  They were on a mega-clearance and I purchased like 15 of them, thinking that a few may break over the years.  All 15 are still standing – so to speak.

The Spring Table

Of course, these flowers will eventually wilt and I won’t create this sort of arrangement weekly (although I wish I could!) but then I will keep the rest of the table setting and replace the flowers with a faux arrangement or some other less-opulent flower combo.  Nonetheless, I enjoy having them while they last.  I love walking by the dining room everyday and having a pretty table to greet me and my family.

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Spring Bridal Shower

Truth be said, I had not been to a bridal shower in over 10 years but when I offered to host one for my sweet cousin, I thought “how hard could this be?”  I have done a bunch of kid parties.  I will just do the same thing, minus eye patches and Spider-man.

Spring Bridal Shower

 

I don’t share too many party planning ideas on the blog but the girls that attended the shower encouraged me to share my tips for creating a beautiful bridal shower on a budget.

Concentrate your decorations

If you don’t have too many decorations, it is better to choose a table to deck out than to spread out decorations throughout the room.  In this case I decorated the main table where we would eat and the cake table in our kitchen.  In the picture below, I used a long piece of fabric instead of a tablecloth.  I don’t have a tablecloth that fits this table when it’s fully extended.  Purchasing fabric by the yard is way less expensive than purchasing tablecloths to match the event.

Spring Bridal Shower

 

Use small arrangements of flowers.

Flowers can be costly, especially if you are filling up large vases.  Just a few small arrangements can really dress up a table.  Some flowers (like roses) are prettier when they are a little open.  In this case, consider purchasing them a day or two before the event so that they have time to open and fill up your vase.

Spring Bridal Shower

 

Use pedestals and risers to create visual interest.

In order to create a pretty tablescape, use pedestals and boxes (under the tablecloth) to create different visual levels of interest.  It makes a huge difference!  In the picture below, the cake is on a pedestal and the pedestal is on a large plastic cube.  The lace covers the cube and the small cake is highlighted.

Spring Bridal Shower

 

Make a signature cocktail or limit the drink options.

Since this shower was more of a brunch, mimosas were perfect!  I added a pretty straw to each cup as a finishing touch.

Spring Bridal Shower

 

I also had a bottle of pink sangria.  Anything pink made the cut!

Spring Bridal Shower

 

I added a tray of cut fruit to add to the mimosas which also added a pop of color to the table.

Spring Bridal Shower

 

Dress up a simple cake.

Cakes can be really beautiful  and really expensive!  I chose a simple white cake (purchased at The Fresh Market) and I dressed it up with a homemade banner with the bride’s name.  It still looked a little plain for the fancy pedestal, so I added a couple of tulips to the pedestal.  I love how it turned out!

Spring Bridal Shower

Spring Bridal Shower

Spring Bridal Shower

 

Buy a few of confections that are fancy and display them on a tier.

I served pink lemonade alongside a small tier full of petit fours and chocolate covered strawberries.   There aren’t that many of either but enough to fill the tier and make it look beautiful.

Spring Bridal Shower

 

It is possible to put together a bridal shower that is beautiful and stay on a budget.  You just have to choose wisely what items to invest in.

Here are some other ideas for bridal showers on a budget:

Send evites instead of mailing an invitation.

Make the food yourself and keep it simple.

If you put together a sweets table, add white or pink marshmallows to a pretty apothecary jar.  Marshmallows are usually inexpensive and easily fill up a glass jar.

As far as favors for the ladies, a simple bar of soap wrapped in tulle with a bow and a label that says “Shower” is a cute and inexpensive gift.

Print out a pretty picture of the couple on your home printer in black and white and frame it.  This is a great way to decorate and personalize the event.

Re-use decor items from the around the house to decorate.  The silver candlesticks on the table are the same ones I used last Christmas.

These are just a few tips.  What are your favorite shower ideas?

 

 

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