3 Tips for an Instagramable Holiday Tablescape
The holiday season is upon us! As soon as November hits, my mind starts focusing on Thanksgiving and Christmas and all of the dinner parties in between. If you need some inspiration for your holiday menu see here . Now lets talk tablescapes. I reached out to Natasha, the founder of So Chic Events to get us together. I met Natasha a few months ago at one of the Table 18 Dinners, and was in awe when I found out she designed all of the tablescapes for the dinners. Her work is beautiful, and her attention to detail is so keen. We immediately clicked when we started talking. She is a wife, mother, and an education professional who got into event planning after she planned her own wedding and became the go to person for her friends and family when they were planning an event. I knew I had to make her a member of our Mocha and Mimosas Brunch Squad. Grab a mimosa or a cup of mocha (see what I did there) and find out how you can create an instagramable table for your next gathering without breaking the bank. Here are Natasha’s tips in her own words:
Decide on a theme
If my client does not already have a theme, I typically visit the venue, or at least get a few pictures of the venue to make sure my design matches what’s already in the space. I don’t want the tablescape to clash with the venue. When I am in the venue for a site visit, sometimes I see a hanging picture, or some type of wall art. I may even see a fixture, table color, a plant or floral arrangement. I also pay attention to the mood of the room. Is it vibrant and lively, it is more warm and cozy? I also use the holidays and seasons to decide on the theme. For example, the Table of 18 dinner took place in October at Mexican Sugar. I was inspired by Halloween, with it being October, and the location being a Mexican restaurant so I design the tablescape with the Mexican holiday Dia De Los Muertos in mind. Which then, prompted me to watch the cartoon movie “Coco” for like the 3rd time. One of my faves. 🙂 At times, I may see an item I like, and use the item for the tablescape.
Look around at other festive tablescapes that you like. Pick your fave and build from there. Or their may be multiple looks that you like. Take a few pieces that make sense together and mix and match. Also, if you are out shopping and see that one must-have piece for your table, you may not even be sure how it’s going to work, but we all know when we see that one “oh yaaas hunty” piece. Get it when you see it, then start building.
Ball on a Budget
My favorite budget friendly places to shop for table items? Hobby Lobby is a must, I have a love affair. Plus every week something is half off. I shop at Michaels. Love their coupons. I also use Amazon. They sell almost everything, have competitive prices and fast delivery. Then for a lot of my linen, I use Tablecloth Factory, they always have a sale.
Anything I can DIY (do it your self) cuts cost. If I am using florals, and if my client has not requested a specific type of flower, I focus on the color more than the type. Some flowers give you the desired look at a cheaper price. I also like to incorporate other items, like fruit that I can buy at a cheap price in build to fill in space. Most of all, I shop around and shop around some more, for the best price. I may find a really cheap price, but I still look one more time to see if anyone else has it cheaper.
Make a statement and make it your own
To make your table pop you should have a centerpiece, linen (tablecloth, runner, or napkins), and a place setting, even if it is just a charger plate.
At the end of the day, styling and creating is supposed to be an enjoyable process. So have fun! Do what makes you happy and feel good. If you throw something together and then look at it and it makes you giddy and warm and fuzzy inside….Winning! If you look at it and it’s not quite right, that’s okay, get some more inspiration or ideas, look at Pinterest, google your colors or your theme, then build and go have fun again. When all else fails….hire me! Ha! 🙂
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