natural tablescape

I'm excited to be taking this class (along with my step-sister!), and just in time for purchasing a new set of handmade dinnerware. I'm inspired by Scandinavian, simple design that uses natural elements, botanicals and textures. My step-sister and our family will be getting together for Christmas at my mother's farmhouse, so we will be trying out these new principles on the table settings. Thanks for viewing my projects!

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WINTER TABLE

NEEDS 

INFORMAL FAMILY HOLIDAY BRUNCH • BUFFET STYLE • LONG RECTANGULAR TABLE • 8 GUESTS (5 adults, 3 kids) •  2 GLASSES (water & juice) • 2 PLATES (eggs & pancakes) • 1 SET FLATWEAR (fork, knife, spoon) • COFFEE/TEA CUP (this may be at a separate coffee station for guests to bring to table themselves)

COLOR STORY

My mother's dishes are bone white and her table is rustic wood, so I will be going with a sophisticated, rustic country look. The colors will be predominently white and green for a monochrome look. The accent colors will be complementary orange, pink and burgundy to bring in a warmer and more Autumn feel. I would like the accent colors to come from gourds, pumpkins, branches and berries. 

BALANCE

The setting will be balanced with the triangle of candles and/or botanicals in the center. I would also like to add balance with the table runner or linens which will complement the overall theme of rustic country

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THE 5 PRINCIPLES: EXAMPLE

Here is an example of a table setting I find memorable but not overbearing. It meets all five elements of tabletop design:

image source: http://www.everythingfab.com/2011/05/tablescape-inspiration-touch-of.html

NEEDS  

This is set for a celebration (champagne and wine glasses) that is to be served at the table. The settings are designated with name tags and a menu is inserted into the napkin.

COLOR STORY 

This is a very monotone setting with white as the primary and secondary colors. The accent color is chartreuse. Silver is either another acccent color, or used as bling.

BALANCE

Botanicals run through the center of the table. They are also opposite the set of 3 glasses which balances each setting. The napkins are placed in the center of the plate with a rosemary sprig and name tag on top to add more balance.

BOTANICALS

Daisies and hydrangeas are cut short and placed in small silver vases. Rosemary sprigs also add another botanical element. All of the botanicals fit with the color scheme of the setting. 

PERSONALIZATION

The rosemary sprig and simple paper nametag tied with natural twine make the setting memorable for being natural. The rosemary can be taken home or added to the meal. It could also be used throughout the event as a small gift for guests, or the menu card could include a recipe using rosemary.

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