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Table-Top Styling: Style Memorable Tablescapes for Every Season

Justina Blakeney, Designer / Stylist / Author

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4 Lessons (38m)
    • 1. Intro to Tabletop Styling, the 5 Principles & Floral Centerpiece Design

      8:49
    • 2. Applying the 5 Principles of Tablescaping to a Basic Table-top

      11:04
    • 3. The Autumn & Winter Tablescapes

      10:05
    • 4. The Spring and Summer Tablescapes + Placesettings

      7:34

Project Description

Style a beautiful tabletop for every season

Introduction to Table-top styling and the five principles of table-top styling

  1. Choose a gorgeous tablescape + analyze it!

    1. Research  examples of successful tablescapes. Find one image of a tablescape or table setting that you love and that you feel is styled really well.  

    2. Study the image and answer the following questions that correlate to the five principles of tabletop styling:

     

    NEEDS

    Can you tell what type of event the tablescape is for? Can you imagine the menu for the meal?

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    COLOR STORY

    What is the color story? Does the tablescape use analogous or complementary colors? Is there a dominant color and secondary colors?

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    BALANCE

    Can you find a triangle in your tablescape? What is used as the focal point?

     

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    BOTANICALS

    Is there a botanical element? If so, what is it? Why does it work? If not, why do you think the tablescape works without it?

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    PERSONALIZATION

    Which elements make the tablescape personal or unique?

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Applying the 5 Principles of Tablescaping to a Basic Table-top

  1. Create your tablscape outline & your basic tablescape. Upload your favorite photos.
    1. Complete your tablescape outline by taking into account the five principles of styling.  Your outline should include a drawing of the basic shape of the table, how many pace-settings you will need, plates, bowls (if any) cup or cups, napkins and dessert plates (if any).  A great outline is one that you could hand off to anyone, and from that outline they would be able to set the table with all of the necessary items for your meal.  
    2. After the basic tablescape is complete, take one shot of the whole table, one detail shot of a place-setting.

    3. Upload both the outline and your two favorite photos to the class project page.

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Autumn + Winter In this unit we’ll discuss how to create the perfect tablescapes for Autumn and Winter and will share dozens of tips and tricks for autumnal and winter holidays and events. The lesson will also include seasonal floral tips from f

  1. Create Autumn & Winter Place-Settings

    Unit 3: Autumn + Winter

    In this unit we’ll discuss how to create the perfect tablescapes for Autumn and Winter and will share dozens of tips and tricks for autumnal and winter holidays and events.  The lesson will also include seasonal floral tips from floral designer Kelly Cuadra.

Spring + Summer Tablescapes and Placesettings

  1. Design your Spring and Summer Placesettings and create your final Tablescape
    1. Using the outline and the five principles learned in the first two units of the course, create a basic place-setting and personalize it for the Spring tablescape. Pick and choose from the dozens of Springtime design ideas to create a place-setting that feels ripe for spring without feeling cliche.  

    2. Using the outline and the five principles learned in the first two units of the course, create a basic place-setting and personalize it for the summer tablescape. Pick and choose from the dozens of summer design ideas to create a place-setting that feels summery without feeling cliche.

    3. Take photos of each place-setting. Be sure to remember Jennifer’s photography tips for photographing place-settings. Include photos of the whole place-setting as well as details of a seasonal or personal element that was added.

     

    1. Upload your favorite photos of each place-setting to the class project page.

    FINAL PROJECT

    1. Review your seasonal place-settings and pick your favorite. Using the lessons learned in the first and second units of the course, create a tablescape outline, using the seasonal tips from the third and/or fourth units of the course,  create an entire seasonal tablescape based on all that you have learned in the course. Be sure to incorporate Kelly’s Floral design tips, Jennifer’s photography tips and to push the envelope to use colors, textures and objects not traditionally associated with tablescapes. Use wrapping paper, scarves, brass objects, toys--fill your prop tables with unexpected items for inspiration and try different arrangements and styles until you discover the most memorable tabletop for your special event.

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