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Classic Tabletops

Lesson 3 (part 2): Winter


I'm a little behind! Photos from my winter tablescape. We didn't actually entertain during the holidays, so this was mostly for us to enjoy. LED candles added a nice touch, and I liked the balance of silver, gold, cream and gray. While it felt festive, it wasn't overwhelming.

I would love thoughts or commments so I can continue to improve!

Lesson 3 (part 1): Autumn

I started with autumn since we are hosting Thanksgiving this year (the winter version will come later in the weekend!). There will be 12 people - 8 adults and 4 children. The children will sit at a separate table. Adult table will be semi-formal: buffet-style serving (no additional dishes on the table), with 2 glasses per person.

I struggled with this a little - although my table seats 8, it is a little tight so finding a centerpiece that doesn't block people was difficult. I was happy with how this turned out!

The napkins add both color and pattern. I went a basic palette of tan, maroon and gold tones, with an accent color of green. The runner in the center comes from my family - I remember it in my bedroom as a child. The china and crystal are from our wedding, and I've added placecards - for the first time ever! - to help with personalization. The branches and dried magnolia leaves provide the botanical elements, but are also unique and appropriate for the season.

I kept the kids' table fairly simple: craft paper for the runner, which they can decorate with the provided stickers. I also have placemats to color, and 'thanks' banners. Each child gets a 'cracker' to open, along with an ornament they can take home for their tree.

Overall, I'm pretty happy with everything. I had some other ideas, but just ran out of time (and didn't want to spend any additional money). I would love any suggestions!

Lesson Two: My Basic Tablescape

This is my first attempt at styling a table - a skill I have always wanted to learn! For this assignment, I decided to style our kitchen table - the event would be a weekend dinner fo r my husband and I. This would a casual event, two people - basic plates and two glasses (beer and water). We will be eating indoors (it's cold in Ohio right now!) and don't need serving dishes on the table, since our kitchen island is directly behind us and we can serve from there. Here's my tablescape outline (please don't judge my drawing skills!):

I added a table runner only, which has alot of color - this is a counter-height table and I wasn't sure I would like the look of a tablecloth. I added a dried pod and magnolia leaves, along with two votive holders.

These all help with color, pattern, texture and bling. I used the magnolia leaves to unify the plates, pod and runner. The plates are our everyday plates - I'm not sure if they really work, but they were my only option, other than china (which looked too forma)l. The napkins also help with bling and pattern - but they are simple enough to unify the plates and table runner (I hope). The personalization comes from the plates (from our wedding) and the beer glasses. These were purchased at a vacation we took to the Biltmore Estate, and we were amazed at the resemblance of their dog - Cedric - to our dog - Jameson (even though he isn't a Saint Bernard). In fact, I gave him a middle name on this trip  - Jameson Cedric. :)

I'm fairly happy with this first attempt, but would love comments, feedback and suggestions!

Lesson One

This is such a classic tabletop. I imagine it is for a dinner party (which I would love to do!). The color story is classic - gray, black and white with gold. I imagine you could accessorize with any pop of color (if needed) in this palette. The balance is here -- I can see the triangle Justina mentions, and see how the simple table setting works. Sometimes less is definitely more! The simple flowers add a focal point to the table but are not overwhelming. This is what I imagine my tables to look like - hopefully after this class!

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