How to Create a Cohesive Tablescape

This blog is part of a three-part series on setting your table in style with our friends at Gracious Garlands. View the first blog post in the series here.

Choose a color scheme.

Start with one base piece - it can be your china, water glasses, linens, or even a vision you have for your floral/greenery - and build your tablescape around it. We knew we wanted to incorporate a beautiful Magnolia and Seeded Eucalyptus Garland on our table, and this in turn inspired all of the other elements on our table. The vibrant green and golden brown colors of the greenery are complemented by our vintage green water glasses and Reversible Gold & Silver Grain Table Runner

Incorporate fresh elements.

In addition to our fresh greenery, we placed a golden brown pear at each place setting adorned with a soft gold ribbon. To accent the pear further, you could tie a placecard with your guest’s name in gold ink to the stem of the pear. 

Layer old/new and high/low pieces.

We can’t say it enough: if you’re lucky enough to have heirloom china, silver, crystal, etc., use it! We promise that Grandmother would be happier that you’re putting it to use rather than leaving it to collect dust in your cabinet. With that being said, don’t be afraid to mix old/new and high/low pieces. It doesn’t matter if vintage water glasses you picked up at that estate sale were $10 or $100 - they’ll add character to your crystal wine glasses. Some of our favorite finds have been bargain buys - our small white pumpkins were a Hobby Lobby find – while others are higher end – you can get similar marble cube candle holders from One King’s Lane

Get creative.

What catches our eye at dinner parties is the unexpected. We got creative with our Small Silver Dove Bowls by transforming them into candle holders - simply fill 2/3 of the way with dried lentils, then nestle a votive candle inside. We love the variation in candle styles that this brought to the table. 

Echo elements throughout your dining space.

You can extend the look and feel of your tablescape throughout your space by echoing elements. We arranged fresh magnolia boughs on the buffet table behind the table to complement the greenery on the table, and incorporated wreath sashes in the same fabric as the table runner on faux wreaths placed on the dining room doors. You'll also spy a vintage green glass bowl on the buffet that echos the green water glasses we used on our table.

Through 11/29/19, Fig & Dove followers can get 15% off their Gracious Garlands purchase with code FIGANDDOVE15 at checkout.

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