Tablescape Thursday…A Tea Party Before & After…
My Princess is settled in her new home and awaiting the return of her Prince! Being away for these few days and getting her moved has resulted in my not having had any time for blogging…or for visiting all the tablescapes from last week! I’m only about half way through…but, I am enjoying each lovely tablescape and will continue til I’ve visited everyone! I so enjoy seeing all the beautiful creations you talented ladies come up with!
What I thought I’d do this time is show the before and after of the tablescape and offer you a few tips for creating a “WOW” factor tablescape for any event. Over and over I hear from clients and audiences that they are too intimidated to do a tablescape like this…what I’ve found is what they are really saying is that they aren’t sure how to do it or where to begin. Once I show them how, the light bulb goes off, they get excited and go home and do it!
Layer by layer it takes shape…and that is key to having a table that is just “ok” and a table that is a “WOW” factor…the details and the layers. It does not have anything to do with how much it costs, but rather the thought that goes into pulling the layers and details together.
I also arrange the “flow” of the food to make sense…in this case it means placing the tea sandwiches, etc. after the plates, then after the main fare the dessert type items. This way as the guests go around the table they are selecting items in the order that they will most likely eat them.
You’ll want to be sure there are utensils for any condiment items and, when necessary, tongs, etc. for guests to use to place the food on their plates. I always include salt & pepper shakers, too.
Notice in this last pic the rose petals that are scattered, the roses that are placed in several small containers around the table…and a bud or two could even be placed on a few of the platters. When you use one item in abundance you create a feeling of lavishness that feels really special! And don’t we all want to feel really special?!