I get asked these questions a lot, so in honor of the upcoming Christmas season, I'll share a few tricks learned throughout the years. I'll walk you through my process of creating an elementary table vignette-once you have the basics you can tweak it to suit your own taste. Make it as simple or elaborate as you wish.
I will only pick from a few basic items that are in the store and interchange items for color, interest, and variation. From very primary to more elaborate centerpieces. All very easy to re-create using things you may already have.
Get your fun hat on! Leave your scared hat in the closet.
This centerpiece would be perfect for a coffee table, or dining table that seats two. It is too small in scale for the large table I photographed it on. If you had a huge silver punch bowl and filled that, then it would be lovely on a large dining table.
Another option to beef up the centerpiece size is to add large candlesticks. Just make sure that they, too, are gleaming and sparkly. I would prefer silver but crystal candlesticks, but this is what I had and they still work.This would not be the place for brown wooden candlesticks.
Note; these items as well, are all sparkly. No grasses or organic things going on here.
There is a tree in this mix (organic) but it ties into the tablescape because of the shiny red ornaments.
Your home, your rules!
Remember, a table runner can be ANYTHING. A scrap of lace, linen, burlap or velvet. I have used fancy embroidered pillow cases, quilts, skirts, scarves....you name it, I've used it.
Just remember the same concept, if it's a primitive/rustic centerpiece use a rustic piece of fabric like a quilt or piece of burlap. Use a more elegant fabric for a more lavish tablescapes. All pieces that are used should be "related" to one another.
- Candlesticks/Taper candles
- Pedestal Dishes
- Ornamental Balls
- Greenery/Flowers (preferably fresh)
- Carpenter's Caddys
- Statues/ Figurines
- Organic treasures (pine cones, fruit, buckeyes, gourds, etc.)
- Fat pillar candles (varying heights)
- Books (for elevating things)
- Seasonal fruit (real or artificial)
- Crèches (Nativity sets)
Here are some places that could use a centerpiece or tablescape.
- Coffee Table
- Entryway Table
- Sofa Table (Long high table placed along the back of a sofa)
- Dining/Kitchen Table
- Kitchen Island
- Armoire Top
Or just call me and I'll come do it for you..............