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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

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

    • 3. The Autumn & Winter Tablescapes

    • 4. The Spring and Summer Tablescapes + Placesettings

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About This Class

Do you ever come across a professionally styled table-tops and wonder how it looks full but not stuffed, chic but not gaudy, simple but not boring?  This class presents key tips for creating layered, lush and lovely tabletops for every season.


What You'll Learn

No matter the event – a holiday, birthday or simple dinner among friends – a table is the venue, and how it’s styled can determine how your event is remembered.


Through video lessons you will be exposed to different approaches to table styling, and take away five key concepts to turn any table into a fun, festive and unforgettable place to enjoy friends and family.


Festive Table-Tops for Every Season

The course includes step-by-step instructions of how to style a basic table-top, and then goes into details of how to cater tablescaped to events--small and large--all year round.


  • Spring: The season where plants "springs forth" right onto your dining table! Using blooms, blossoms, seasonal fruits and many other natural elements, you’ll learn to style a tabletop that’s perfect for Springtime weddings, baby and bridal showers, holidays and other gatherings.
  • Summer: The season of beach breezes, wild berries and cool blues. We’ll create tabletops perfect for summertime holidays, including graduations, birthdays or even lazy afternoon bbq’s.
  • Autumn: The season of rusty hues, cozy sweaters and hearty soups!  We will create tabletops perfect for the season of falling leaves including ideas for Halloween, Thanksgiving and everything in between!
  • Winter: The holiday season, full of sparkle and snow, giving and glow! Our winter table-top will be a feast for the eyes, fit for winter holidays, romantic dinners and New Year celebrations.

In this class, you’ll learn to effortlessly create a table-top for any occasion that is chic, personal, memorable—and all on a budget!


*The class will also include expert floral design tips and ideas from professional floral designer, Kelly Cuadra of Brown Paper Design AND tablescape photography tips from photographer Jennifer Chong!


1. Intro to Tabletop Styling, the 5 Principles & Floral Centerpiece Design: - tabletop styling, - memorable table scapes for every season unit once Apartment five principles of tabletop - styling. - Hi, - I'm just, - you know, - like me. - Thank you so much for signing up for my class. - I'm a designer, - blogger and an internist stylist. - And in this four part course, - I'm teaching my five principles Table scape styling. - Now, - whether you're designing for a big to do or intimate gathering, - I'm gonna give you the tips and tricks that you need to create a lush and lovely tabletop - so that you can enjoy your friends and your family. - What are the five principles needs? - Color story balance. - But tentacles and personalization later on in the course will apply these principles to - table scapes of every season needs how to assess your needs and address them with styling. - Now ask yourself the following questions so that you can complete your table. - Steve Outline, - who is attending how many guests were there? - Do you need a science eating what's on the menu? - What kind of drinks will you be serving? - How's the food being served? - Thinking about these kinds of details in advance will help to inform the look of your table - scape. - Color story how to create a color story for your table top. - The color story includes all the details that make up the overarching palette of the table - . - Sometimes you'll want one dominant color. - Sometimes you want to dominant colors like aubergine and gold or aqua on gold. - And sometimes you want to use all different colors that are all in the same tone, - like pastels or all jewel tones. - No matter what colors you decide on, - make the choice of the colors based on items that you know you'll be using. - So if you have, - for example, - a bright coral tablecloth that you want to use, - based your color story on that coral as a dominant color When picking colors for your color - story, - here are a few tips. - Use analogous colors, - different colors of the same shade, - or use complementary colors, - meaning colors opposite each other on the color wheel. - Also, - don't forget the bling. - Use flatware, - lit candles, - candlesticks and glasses. - Your shiny element. - Nothing makes a party feel festive like a little glimmer balance. - How'd a layer shape pattern and texture to create a visually memorable tabletop that looks - collected, - not cluttered, - and to create balance, - we create table scapes around social gatherings, - so we want them to be festive and lush, - fun and lively. - But we also want the table to be functional and balanced, - and we do this by using symmetry by being careful and consistent with placement. - By layering in pattern and texture and by arranging table elements around a focal point. - Here's a tip. - Imagine a triangle sitting on top of your table. - Most successful table settings will have this basic arrangement for placement of objects. - Here's an example of a table that doesn't have that triangle. - It's pretty, - but it's also pretty chaotic. - My eye doesn't know where to rest, - and I can't figure out what the focal point ISS botanicals best and easiest way to breathe - . - Life into a tabletop is through the tentacles. - Use fresh flowers, - plants, - dried flowers, - fruits, - vegetables, - even moss as your botanical elements. - Personalization. - How to add a personal touch to your table top. - Are you hosting a baby shower or a New Year's Eve shindig? - Is it your mom's birthday for a simple Sunday brunch? - No matter the occasion, - it's the personalization. - It's going to make your event truly memorable, - adding place cards or seasonal decor menu cards or favors. - Throughout this class, - I'll be sharing dozens of examples and ideas of how to personalize your table top. - I'd like to introduce my dear friend Kelly Quadra, - who's here today to help us learn how to do some basic floral arrangements. - Kelly isn't incredibly talented. - Floral designer. - She did all the flowers for my wedding, - which was featured on Martha Stewart weddings and See magazine. - So tell me, - what are you gonna be sharing with us today? - Well, - first of all things grievances. - Basically, - I'm here today to just share my top 10 favorite tips to build. - Okay, - So once you get your goodies home from the market or you force them from your neighborhood - or your backyard, - we're gonna actually take your florals and your tools and cut it out of 45 degree angle and - then put it right into water so that you could get them to start drinking right away. - Take your blooms and pull the foliage off the base of the stem so that the nutrients can - actually feed. - Third tip, - I prefer, - is actually used opaque basis. - That's those containers because for several reasons, - I think they complement the flowers better, - but they also can hide tenets and any of the messy stems that you would probably see once - you have your best picked out. - You want to actually decide what's gonna work for you? - Either Clear tape and what you would do with this is create a grid, - and it's usually something with smaller mouths rim or if you're gonna use Alexis. - And this is when you actually get it submerging into your container and then build out of - it when you have a writer mouth container. - Okay, - for my fifth tip, - the best thing to do is have build your foundation of the arrangement. - You're gonna select four or five of your strongest stems or foliage to provide some - structure to the arrangement and just basically established some nice geometry. - My six tip is actually very simple, - but extremely important. - You want to just always remember to take a step back and really look at your piece and see - where you need to fill in. - It's easy to like lock in tow, - one's own and one part of it. - But you want to like keep turning the arrangement to make sure you're filling in on all - sides for tips. - Seven. - You want to pick your show stoppers so your biggest blooms, - which are usually peonies, - really nice garden roses and then nestle those in to your foliage. - But try not to use them as, - like a major focal point where it's the center of the vessel and then fill in with your - smaller blooms. - You want to leave in a really delicate elements. - Um, - again, - really tiny blooms. - Berries Really sweet little foliage because you want to create three strategic spots up on - the high side, - Down low and in the middle is if they're pushing their way through the cluster of large - blooms. - Tip number nine. - When you are finished, - adjust the lengths of your flowers. - You're gonna pull some out and took some in on, - and this helps create the movement and gives the I plenty to look at. - So the final tip the most important tip of all, - is just to experiment, - take your time, - have fun and kind of basically know when to stop. - And that's what I'm doing right now. - Homework for the next unit now finding image of a tabletop you feel is styled really well - and study the image, - then answered these questions that will correlate to the five principles of tabletop - styling needs. - Can you tell what type of event the table scape is? - Four. - Can you imagine the menu for the meal color story? - What's the color story as the table scape? - Use analogous or complementary colors? - Is there a dominant color balance? - Can you find a triangle in your table scape? - What is used as the focal point botanicals? - Is there a botanical element? - If so, - why does it work? - If not, - why do you think the table scape works without it? - Personalization. - What makes the table scape unique and personal? - Once you found an analyzed your image, - upload it along with the answers. - The class Project page tabletop styling, - memorable table scapes for every season. 2. Applying the 5 Principles of Tablescaping to a Basic Table-top : - tabletop styling, - memorable table scapes for every season unit to applying the five principles. - Tabletop styling. - Welcome back. - I hope you're ready to dive right in today because now that you knew my five principles of - tabletop styling and Kelly's 10 tips of floral design, - we're going to gather all that knowledge that we learned and apply it to creating our very - first basic table scape. - First, - let's discuss your needs. - So get a piece of paper and a pen event to you throwing. - Is that something really intimate? - Just you and your lover? - Or is it something huge? - Your 2nd 3rd cousins, - even your crazy ass Uncle Joe is gonna be there. - Think about your event and think about the following questions. - Even if your event is imaginary, - what kind of table will you be setting? - Is it round? - Rectangular? - How many guests will you have? - What's the occasion? - What's on the menu? - Are you having soup? - Do you need bowls and spoons? - You need dessert plates. - Are you having appetizers? - Do you need separate plates for those What's on the drink menu? - How many glasses do you need? - Per guest? - Are you dining indoors or outdoors? - Do you need assigned seating. - How is the food being served? - Is it a buffet family style? - How formal or informal is your meal? - Answering these questions will give you a better idea of your table scape outline. - Now it's draw it out. - I'll be using a rectangular table and I will have six guests. - It's gonna be a small birthday celebration, - and we're gonna have three courses, - so I'm gonna set out one plane and one bowl. - The dessert plates. - I'll leave off the table until the end of the meal will also be needing spoons, - forks and knives. - One fork is fine for my crew were not super formal. - We'll have water and wine so everyone will need a water and a wine glass. - We will dine outdoors so we'll need some wind coverage for candles. - And it's best use cloth linens as opposed to paper napkins so they don't blow away. - We don't need assigned seating, - and the food will be served buffet style, - so we don't need a ton of room on the table for platters and serving pieces are meal is - pretty informal, - so we don't need extra forks and knives. - Now that we know what needs to go on the table. - It's time to gather our props and make a proper table. - I know that this might sound like a pain in the butt to do, - but your table scape will look so much better in the end. - So go raid your kitchen cabinets. - Radio linen cabinets. - Pull out any plate where glassware, - any flowers or linens that you have around your house and put them all out table. - Now the benefits of doing this is that you might see a color story just pop out at you. - So, - for example, - I'm seeing a lot of blues and oranges. - This this might end up being my color story. - Don't fall into the trap of using cliche colors for your table scape. - Just cause it's Christmas doesn't mean your table scape has to be red and green. - Or if its spring, - that means that has to be pastels. - Think beyond that. - For example, - I believe that any of the following colors could look amazing on an autumn table scape red - and raspberry greens and rustic tans and browns jewell tons, - purple and blush cream and sage. - Now pick out the palate for your table scape. - Add them to your table outlined. - Be decisive about color. - If you want your table, - talk to be super colorful in a feast for the eyes, - pick complementary colors. - If you want to have a rich color story that really reads as just one color, - pick one color and have accent colors me in that same color family. - Now let's talk about balance. - Creating balance on a table is about having the right mix. - You want to have diversity of shape, - pattern and textures to create a lively look that remains pleasing to the eye and not - chaotic. - So we're going to start with the first layer for tables game not talking about tablecloths - , - runners and placements. - That's the first layer now, - just like betting in a bedroom. - Linens for your table really set the tone, - so if you use something that's lively and got a great pattern on, - it is the first layer. - You're going to want to use it more simple plate If you use something on the other hand, - that's more simple as your first layer thank you might wanna punch it up elsewhere with a - little bit of color pattern, - you don't have to think about table linens in a traditional way. - Anything could be a table in Kraft paper mats newspaper on table runners. - Well, - that's where you could really run. - While a craft paper runner makes for a cheap, - simple, - rustic runner, - what makes it fun is adding rating or even painting on it. - Another beautiful idea. - A leaf garland runner. - Or just place leaves and flowers casually down on the table as a runner or go colorful and - radio linen closet for some fund sera phase or picnic blankets. - A wooden plank makes a gorgeous runner, - and wallpaper or wrapping paper cannot a pretty pop of pattern to a table. - Runners can be super wide and bleed under the plates, - and you can even use multiple runners and run them the other way, - creating stripes along the table and creating a visual conversation between the two sides - of the table. - So now that you've had a chance to see some of the options for table coverings, - go ahead and place down the first layer onto your table Next. - If you want to add a charger, - now is the time. - But don't think about chargers to literally. - A charger could be made of anything. - Check out this one I made from a leaf. - Now let's add the plates at plates that work in your palate and contrasts nicely with your - table linens. - They don't all need to be matching either. - Play around and have fun. - Pay attention, - though, - to where you place them. - Make sure they're evenly spaced apart from the edge of the table. - It's the small details that help to prevent your table from looking chaotic. - Now let's add napkins and flatware. - Napkins offer a great opportunity to reintroduce that dominant color. - They're fantastic for adding a pop of pattern or for accent colors. - You could also get creative with napkins themselves and wrap them up. - You can include little ornaments, - name tags or takeaways for your guests. - There are countless crazy ways to fold place and use napkins almost enough for a course on - its own, - so get creative here. - If you want to do origami style that unfolding or sweet bowtie napkins or a rose napkin, - go for it, - you Do you, - depending on your napkin placement, - decide where to put your silverware. - For those who are hooked on tradition, - here is the traditional way to place flatware and the rest of the items in a place setting - . - But I, - for one, - think traditions were made to be broken. - So put the flatware where you feel it will look and function best now azure glass or - glasses and take a look at all of your place. - Settings are the plates, - even distances from the edge of the table. - Are they even distances from each other? - Is the flatware even leave placed and spaced? - Does everything look balanced? - And now for the really fun part? - But tentacles from statement florals to simple branches and twigs, - natural elements are what really make table scapes come alive. - And don't just think about flowers here. - Botanical elements can be in the form of fruits and vegetables or in the form of leaves, - moss or pine cones. - You can and should incorporate botanicals anywhere on the table from the center of the - table as your focal point to details on the plates. - The napkins on the runner etcetera. - When using botanical elements, - think about the size scale season and think about your palate. - You can keep things super simple or be totally extravagant when creating your arrangements - . - Remember Kelly's 10 Tips and remember also the triangle shaped that we spoke about in the - last unit. - So remember, - when you're placing the botanicals on the tabletop, - botanicals should encourage conversation, - not prevented to help with this. - You can keep your botanical element low and lush or tall and transparent. - And if you do do something tall and lush, - be sure that it's placed in between the place settings and not in front of a place setting - . - Once your botanical elements are in place, - let's make sure that your table scape truly represents your aesthetic, - the season, - the event that you're throwing and the menu. - So let's talk about personalization. - The personal aspects are the small things that are going to make your event truly memorable - . - So whether it's that you're using linens from your wedding or your grandmother's China, - your son's favorite color your mom's favorite fruit, - these elements are gonna make your guests feel truly welcome at their home, - and it's going to make your event truly memorable. - So add something personal to your table way. - Have Jennifer Chung here help us out. - She is an incredible photographer, - and she's very versed in table skate photography because she shoots a ton of food. - Hey, - I'm so excited to be here. - Thanks for having me. - And I can't wait to share tips. - You guys one of the best tips. - I could give you a shoot in natural lighting. - It always gives a really even light for all of your photos. - Sometimes when you shoot indoors and you have a light on, - it gives us weird reflection and yellowy. - But if you shoot natural light, - it looks really great and gives you an even toned. - So sometimes when you have your table setting out, - it looks really great. - But then when you frame your ended your camera, - it doesn't look right way. - So you have to move things closer together. - Don't be afraid. - Just for the photo to move things closer together, - get an overhead shot, - go directly above the table and do you want to get like, - a 30 degree angle shot? - So just get a little bit above you don't want to be standing straight up just kind of - slightly below and get a shot of escape. - Don't forget to get low to If you're using photo shop or camera editing software and use a - DSLR, - you should always shoot camera. - That way you can pull the photo into the computer and then edit really specific things like - the brightness contrast, - and it helps you liven up your photo. - My bonus due to you remember, - always have fun. - Where is the line homework? - Before the next episode, - take two great photos of your basic table scape, - a shot of the whole table and a detail shot. - Upload your best images along with your table scape. - Outline to the class project Pidge and I can't wait to see what your basic table escapes - look like. - Tabletop styling. - Memorable table scapes for every season. 3. The Autumn & Winter Tablescapes: - tabletop styling, - memorable table scapes for every season, - unit three autumn and winter table scapes and place settings. - Hello again. - Now that we've learned are five basic principles a tabletop styling. - Gonna take that knowledge and we're going to apply it to seasonal table scapes, - and we're going to create place settings for autumn, - winter, - spring and summer. - We'll start with autumn begin by thinking about your needs. - You may want to create a table scape outline like we learned in the last unit, - and jot down notes about your table, - your menu, - your guests, - the location and the formality of your event. - And once your needs have been defined, - let's think about your color story. - Whether working on a Halloween tabletop, - a Thanksgiving table or a tabletop that simply has got that crisp autumn feel, - I encourage you to think outside the box with your color story on orange and black tabletop - for Halloween. - It's a little tired, - especially since we're practicing right now. - I encourage you to pick colors outside your comfort zone, - make some unusual pairings and see how we can channel the spirit of the holidays without - using the cliche color palettes. - I love the unexpected use of royal blue on this table or this moody hyun table is beautiful - and just a little bit spooky to. - Here's an example of an autumn table scape that uses purple with so flashes of orange and - green accents. - Now that you've seen a few examples of colorful tabletops that don't use traditional colors - to find a color story for your autumn place setting, - I'm going with this balance. - In order to create balance, - you need to start with a strong foundation on when talking about individual place settings - that means chargers or place mats or belt. - Now remember, - you have to create contrast between layers. - Doing this will help create that visual balance for your table. - For the autumn table scape, - rustic textured fabrics like burlap worked great for runners and placemats. - Take a nod from fashion with fabric choices. - With the fall comes warm, - Platt's and hounds to store even tweets. - Look in your linen closet for even more inspiration. - Blankets, - dish towels and even scarves can be used as tablecloths and table runners to for my autumn - place setting. - I'm going to use this gray and mov e caught tablecloth and balance it out with this light, - mauve runner and great plates. - Now add flatware. - Think about balance when choosing and placing napkins in the most formal settings. - If space allows, - the napkins go to the left of the flatware. - Napkins can also go under the fork or forks. - Or, - if you're using two plates, - try the folded napkin between the salad plate and the dinner plate. - Napkins can go inside the water or wine glass or on top of the plate, - too. - Remember some of the tips and ideas from the last class unit and see what works best for - you. - Now add glassware. - Traditionally, - the water glass goes above the knife. - Tip. - If you're adding dessert plates, - do so now. - Now let's add the botanicals. - Autumn botanicals can be anything from scattered leaves, - toe pumpkins and acorns. - Try adding one statement accent to the center of the plate, - like a flower that enhances your color story or, - in autumn, - fruit like persimmons or pomegranates. - And now here's Kelly. - With her botanical tips. - Take it away. - Go create a unique centerpiece by featuring Onley green textures and foliage with a focus - on seasonal fruits. - Use wine colored flowers, - tiny grapes and foliage from backyard shrubs now I'm gonna add my florals. - My napkin looks a little bare, - don't you think? - I want to punch it up with color, - so I'm gonna add some floors to my napkin and a pomegranate in my dessert plate. - Personalization When personalizing your tabletop, - think of the seasonal elements that you can put a spin on, - like turning your napkin into a cornucopia. - Use leaves that you find around your house to decorate the napkins. - You could use this concept with almost anything like a tiny bouquet of flowers or cinnamon - sticks. - Or create elaborate arrangements using seasonal edibles. - If you're using assigned seating, - now may be the time to get creative with place cards right directly on botanical elements. - Why not? - These handmade leaves are pretty sweet. - Another idea is to use seasonal fruits or vegetables. - Toe hold the cards. - If there any personal items that you'd like to include, - now is the time. - Maybe it's a Thanksgiving meal, - and you want to include some pencils on a note pad for your guests. - Write down what they're thankful for, - or if it's Halloween and you want to use a Gummi worm to tie the napkin together, - that would be fun to. - So take this time and include something personal. - And if your event is very formal and you want include a menu card, - now is the time to do that, - too. - Now I'll add my personal element. - Assess your place setting and make sure you love your arrangement. - Feel free to play around with placement and make sure that everything is just how you want - it. - You should have a place setting that's festive and fall like, - but my hope is that it looks like no other fall table scape that you've ever put together - in the past. - Before we move on to winter, - take some photos of your autumn place setting unit. - Three part two winter table skates, - place settings. - Finders coming needs. - After making all the usual considerations table shape, - menu, - number of guests and the like, - it's time to think about the particular needs of the winter celebrations. - Holiday times, - your family times Will there be a bunch of kids running around? - Well, - you need a kids table. - Maybe you want to make place setting so that grandma and Grandpa will be sure to sit in - places of honor. - Winter months are cold months in the Northern Hemisphere at least, - so maybe you need to create a sense of coziness and warmth. - And one of my favorite ways to do this is by adding sheepskins or blankets to dining chairs - . - And I love to bring in a whole collection of simple white pillar candles to give the whole - table a warm glow. - Color story When thinking about a winter table scape, - there are many directions you could go in when it comes to color. - I love the use of metallics on a holiday tabletop, - and it's a great choice for New Year's to sequins Air so fun and festive, - a really glam choice for the holidays. - Ah, - glimmering table sets the tone for a formal feast. - This otherwise summary tabletop feels festive by sticking toe whites with those two little - pops of red. - And this white and gold tabletop keeps things looking festive by using the holiday - ornaments as a centerpiece. - Unexpected colors can work really well for the holidays, - too. - Check out this holiday table in cool blues, - and now here's Kelly with her beau Tentacle dips. - Silver foliage adds an instant touch of winter crispiness toe Any arrangement other great - color combinations, - such as purple and gold. - Warm and shimmering bronzes or peaches and browns will add some unexpected beauty. - I'm going to try out this color palette balance. - Remember when trying to create balance to mix patterns and solids. - Also, - think about the triangle. - You want the centerpiece to be the focal point of your table botanicals. - Add wintry botanicals to your table top like a sprig of pine on your plate, - or hang winter greens around your home and table top or a California Christmas. - Why not? - You could create a runner from magnolia leaves. - Use pine cones in many ways like a frosty pine runner or pine cone. - Accents on the tablecloth. - Create a mini reef from vine or rosemary personalization. - Tis the season to get personal, - so why not make a paper snowflake and use it as a placemat or adorn each plate with rock - candy that looks like ice? - You could make your own D i Y linens by sewing on aptly case like thes drain all napkins, - so lay down your foundation. - I'm going to use wrapping paper as my runner and I'm gonna run it vertically down the table - . - I'm going to use a solid plate to contrast with the pattern runner. - Next comes the salad plate and the appetizer plate. - My flatware and cups come in next. - But actually, - I don't feel like this cup is working with my color story. - I'm gonna try something else that's better now for botanicals. - I'm including a clementine in the center for a pop of color, - as well as some green foliage and aqua vase that matches the appetizer plate. - Now I add linens. - This pattern linen will help create contrasts between the two white plates. - If instead I were to put it up here, - it looks a little busy, - doesn't it? - How about a polka dotted linen instead, - this time placed horizontally. - Okay. - No, - I'm just playing around. - I'm gonna try the napkin this way. - I like it. - I like it. - It looks balanced, - the colors or pretty. - But it doesn't really look like a holiday table, - does it? - I think I need to add some personal elements abo a pine cone. - A brass, - dear. - Yep, - that's right. - It's like an were holiday. - Now, - what if I want to add something a little more personal to my guest? - Like blocks with an initial on it? - This one could be for my sister Faith, - but it's looking a little dinky, - isn't it? - We need something that takes up the whole length of the napkin like a fork and a knife. - But now we've lost that cute little festive papa color who I know. - Now that looks cute. - But I could even expand on that idea and tie a whole ribbon around my place, - setting a gift for my guests. - Now notice. - I've brought back faiths F block. - Things always look best in clusters of three, - and the red F helps to support the accent color. - Now any of these solutions would work great for your holiday tabletop. - Which one is your favorite? - And now you should have two place settings complete one for autumn, - one for winter. - Now photograph your place settings and upload them to the class project page. - I can't wait to see what you all come up with. - A tabletop styling memorable table scapes for every season 4. The Spring and Summer Tablescapes + Placesettings: - tabletop styling, - memorable table scapes for every season unit for spring, - summer table scapes and place settings. - Welcome back today going to be working on our spring table. - And when you think about spring, - what do you think? - Like lush bursts of color, - New beginnings, - Easter, - Passover, - you know, - there so many fun, - festive things that are going on drink. - So think about your needs. - I'm having a Mother's Day brunch. - We're going to use a round table because it really is great for conversation. - This brunch is gonna be held family style, - which means we're all gonna be serving ourselves from the center of the table and we only - need one plate. - It's gonna be outdoors, - so we'll need heavier linens and wind coverage for candles. - And it's gonna be informal Onley one fork and knife needed. - We don't even need dessert plates because my sister made cupcakes. - Spring is that time of year that really allows for lush, - vibrant and festive bursts of color. - Your palate can be soft and delicate or punchy and vibrant. - They can be floral focused or understated. - My color palette is straight up, - colorful. - I'm using yellow plates, - so that's gonna read as a dominant color. - But there's so much pink, - purple and green in my color palette that the whole table is just going to read as one big - , - happy springtime burst of color. - No matter the season, - you should always be trying to achieve balance. - Consider this image notice that it's completely asymmetrical, - but it still looks balanced. - The dessert spoon and the white napkin underneath the plates served to anchor the place - setting and the diagonal lines created by the glassware on the right and the flatware on - the left created good geometry. - The brown detail ing on the plate matches the rustic brown's of the table itself. - The rich choose of the botanical element. - Speak to the color of the wine. - Speaking of botanicals, - you can use statement florals. - You can scatter flowers around the table. - Springtime botanicals can be sculptural or fanciful, - conceptual or playful. - Moss and grass feel very springy as well. - Add botanicals in unexpected locations. - Court with floral prints. - Check out this lively place setting using brights on white blooms. - Contrarily take center stage in the springtime eggs. - Also make a great decorative element. - Check out this fund use of egg as flower egg cups make a great springtime decorative - element as well, - and they don't have to be used, - told eggs, - either. - And now here's Kelly, - with her botanical tips, - took it away ago. - Poppies are really fun. - Springtime favorite flower. - Just remember when you use them, - use a lighter or a match to gently singe the ends. - And this keeps the sap inside, - which allows for maximum water absorption. - Fruit trees bear beautiful branches and blossoms and are super great elements. - Toe work with there, - of course, - naturally tall. - So take advantage of the height, - and then you could just trim them as you go. - Personalization. - How cute is it to spell your guests name in Scrabble tiles? - Or use a Sharpie to decorate an egg cup with your guests? - Names on it. - I love this idea of dip dyed napkins on a fork. - The holds the place card. - This cootie catcher menu is pretty amazing. - Why not use vintage broaches instead of napkin rings on? - There are so many things to do with eggs. - Now watch me build my springtime place setting thing. - Now photograph your spring time place setting and uploaded to the class Project page hung - trees, - seashells, - sunshine, - Citrus Are you ready to dive into summer? - By now, - you're familiar with my five principles on how to apply them. - So let's look at some inspiring summer tabletops to get our creative juices flowing. - Summer tables have so many great textural items toe work with from Beachwood, - two shells and coral Look how I made a spoon. - Rest out of this piece of coral. - Botanical elements can include stone, - fruit and summary blooms, - Citrus and poem leaves. - I love this idea of using stones and moss as a table runner, - and this summary foliage is so pretty. - Here's a fun idea I've never seen before. - Using tomatoes as a runner or botanical item. - These painted glass vessels are so fresh and clean looking, - and here are a few fund and summary ideas for personalization. - Use Citrus like lemons and lines as name carts. - Or write your guests names on Beachwood or even shells or use grass as your placemats. - Why not? - And now here's Kelly, - with her botanical dips, - took it away ago. - You can create a pretty summery seen by placing brightly stemmed blooms and decorative - bottles and floating single blossoms and small bowls due to the summer heat choose hardy - flowers that will stay fresh throughout the entire day. - Look for ones with a waxy texture to ensure stain power, - for example. - Orchids. - Now I'm going to build my summer place setting. - I'm imagining a wedding rehearsal dinner with three courses that's indoors with a table - service and is very formal. - My color palette includes neutral whites and Kraft paper Brown's with happy pops of yellow - and orange accents. - Okay, - so here we go. - Now photograph your summers. - I'm place any and upload it to the class Project Beach Final Project. - In this class, - we're going to be building an entire table scape. - So look through the images of all four place settings from autumn, - winter, - spring and summer and pick your favorite out. - Once you don't not, - you're going to use that as a basis to build out your entire table scape. - Then take Kelly's tips on centerpieces and build a beautiful floral centerpiece. - Next, - use Jenny's tips on photography to take some wonderful photos of your entire table scape. - Well, - that's it. - I hope you during the class, - and I hope that you're leaving the class with some new tips and tricks. - Lots of ideas, - maybe some skills and some other things that you could bring to the table next time you get - ready to set it. - If you haven't already, - you should sign up for my other skill shirt Class interior styling has tire space like a - pro Follow along with all my crazy creative endeavors that blogged up Justin blakely dot - com and on Instagram, - Pinterest and Twitter, - I am at just a table top styling, - memorable table scapes for every season.