a tablescape

Creating a tablescape is an easy way to transform your table from ordinary to extraordinary. From selecting the perfect centerpiece to coordinating your color scheme and choosing the right table linens, these step-by-step instructions will guide you through the process of creating the perfect tablescape for your special occasion.

1. Find Your Inspiration

inspiration doesn’t have to come from a blogger or magazine. You can be inspired by the season, a holiday, a place (like when I created a tablescape inspired by Ireland!), or a color/pattern. Inspiration is such an intangible thing, but you’ll know the feeling when it comes!

2. Consider Your Event

How many guests do you have? What will you be serving? If it’s a large spread, you’ll want to leave room for dishes on the table and on your buffet or sideboard. You can also consider serving at your kitchen counter buffet style.

3. Gather Your Materials

No matter what you choose, it’s best to go into creating a tablescape with a plan of which materials you use.  – Basics: dishes, silverware, charger plates, glasses, napkins, runner/tablecloth – Decor: candlesticks, candles, glassware, serveware – Flowers, branches, greenery: can be faux or natural materials foraged from your yard! – Seasonal elements: pumpkins, apples, etc.

Things to Keep in Mind When Creating a Centerpiece

-Conversation: Don't make the centerpiece too high so you can still talk to your guests -– Texture: I like to vary texture throughout my tablescapes, like natural elements such as the branches and floral, woven runner or rattan chargers. -– Rule of Threes: this is the design principle that arrangements of threes are the most visually appealing. It’s true! I love to use three candleholders, three different types of flowers, three colors etc.

Create Your Place Settings

Begin with your charger or placemat, then plate. From there add any additional items like I mentioned above. I often place napkins on top of the plates with a napkin ring and use a casual utensil arrangement. Other times I’ve wrapped my utensils in the napkin.  It’s always a nice touch to include something that makes your guest feel special, like a sweet place tag or some other token.

Chair Decorations

Though not necessary, you can also go above and beyond and add a little something to your chairs. I’ve tied ribbons to my chairs in the past, wrapped lace sashes around them, and even tied a small Christmas wreath to the back.

The possibilities for creative tablescapes are endless. Whether you are trying to make a bold statement or just want to add a little something special to your dinner parties, a tablescape can be the perfect way to make your gathering memorable.  Share your tablescape on Instagram and make sure to tag me at @ninahendrickhome. I can’t wait to see what this inspires you to create!

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