Easy Elegance for Summer with a Floating Tablescape…and Contest!

Another fun and fabulous Tablescape Thursday hosted by Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch …if you hop over there after enjoying this post you’ll see a list of many other delightful blogs to visit for even more Tablescape Inspiration!

Well…I’m not dreaming of tablescapes this week…but I do have a dreamy idea! This idea is from a previous post I did in November. I featured the “Holiday” version of this Floating Tablescape. It was such a big hit I thought I’d share it with you again…it is perfect for summer entertaining as well!

(at a party)
(at a Holiday Style Event)
Isn’t this stunning! An example of the “WOW” factor ! This tablescape is a real star! This table works for many occasions…but let’s think Easy Elegance for Summertime Entertaining right now.
This table will be FABulous for your outdoor entertaining, it can easily be set up on a patio, deck or in a back yard garden…as long as you can supply the electricity it will produce endless “oooohs and aaaahs”!
When using this tablescape for summer, think about using pinks or cool blues and greens instead of all white as shown here. By simply changing the color of your tablecloth and tulle you can easily adapt the color scheme. Imagine using this table for a Garden Party, Bridal Luncheon, Graduation or Retirement Party…a Wedding Cake or Table Reservation Card tablescape…the possibilities are endless!


Taking a round table and covering it with a cloth that falls to the floor, I’ve used white here for that ethereal, floating feeling. Then take 5 or 6 short glasses (I used votive holders) and place them around the table upside down (these are the lifts that support your glass top). You then place 3 to 4 strands of the outdoor “icicle” lights with white cords around the top of the table as evenly as possible. To soften the look of the lights you’ll cover them with 3 to 5 yards of fine white tulle. Place the round glass top on top of all that (it will be supported by the glasses). Fluff the tulle and kind of tuck it in around the edges under the lights.

For the top, I then scatter iridescent garlands that will reflect the lights. I’ve also used table confetti and “snow’ that are iridescent and/or clear. You could use long strands of faux pearls for bridal themes. Keep whatever you set on top mostly glass so the lights can shine through and be reflected. I’ve used this mostly for a punch or drink table, but have also used it for a dessert table, putting the desserts on glass footed dishes.

Easy Elegance Tips for your Summertime Tablescapes:

*use silver, gold and crystal tabletop items for instant elegance

*embellish your stemware with beautiful wired ribbon that coordinates with your table linens

*layer shimmery pieces of fabric over your “lifts” to hide them and add sparkle and interest

*arrange a short string of mini lights around your main dishes on your buffet tablescape for an extra sparkle

Variations for the “Floating Tablescape”: use pink for Valentine’s Day dinner party, use for a cake or placecard table at a wedding with the colors of the wedding, use pink or blue for a baby shower. This tablescape can also be placed on the end or in the center of a long table as well for “special” items.You can also add tiers with smaller pieces of round glass discs.
What else can YOU think of?
How about a CONTEST?!!!
I’d love to see the creative way YOU use this idea…so…for the next few weeks I’d love for you to email me your pictures of this tablescape using your own creativity! So put your creative hats on and think outside the box…I know you’ve got some GREAT ideas!
Let’s keep it open until June 5th…then I’ll post the pictures and we’ll choose a winner…the PRIZE will be something FABulous for your tablescapes!
email to keedesign@aol.com
Happy Tablescaping!!!

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