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Have you ever wondered how to decorate a table?
Or is it just me?
It's easy to start with a table runner or tablecloth or dishes or silverware.....
.....but then what?
Where do you go next?
Do you layer or stack or shine or simplify?
If you're like me and you've ever thought a blank table top was a little intimidating....
....here's a few ideas to make your table top decorating a little easier.
1. Bring the outside in
Take advantage of the colors and scents of the season with this simple table top ideas that shines.
Set the table with a neutral pallet of white linens, white dishes, polished silver and elegant glassware.
Then select vivid blooms in simple containers to truly pop against the neutral table settings.
2. Think outside the box
Why not decorate your table with unusual containers or re-purposed every day items.
Baskets planted with spring flowers make an unusual and creative centerpiece idea.
Cakes on staggered cake stands accompanied by a decorative tray of simple cake toppings creates an inviting dessert buffet table for your guests.
3. Look up
Don't forget the space above the table when decorating.
String a banner or drape flowers or hang lanterns for visual interest.
Complete the look by introducing tiered stands and decorative bowls filled with fresh flowers.
4. Add color
Fill a table with color and texture for a summer afternoon gathering.
Start with a brilliant hue for your tablecloth and begin to layer stemware and dishes.
Create a simple centerpieces using simple glass vases.
Wrap a vase with a ribbon and place next to a tall vase filled with a single floating flower.
But the when the dishes are placed and the vases are filled.....what's the most important reason to learn how to decorate a table?
To create a place where friends and family feel welcome.
Where the conversation dances across the table and laughter fills the air.....
.....and the memories made last a lifetime.
Photo credits: Photo 1: bhg Photo 2: Martha Stewart Photo 3: Martha Stewart Photo 4: Country Living Photo 5: bhg Photo 6: Apartment Therapy
KariAnne writes the lifestyle blog, Thistlewood Farm from the back porch of her turn-of-the-century farmhouse in the beautiful rolling hills of Kentucky. Thistlewood Farm was awarded Country Living Decorating blog of the year as well as named one of the top 10 decorating blogs by Better Homes and Gardens. KariAnne loves to paint mismatched chairs, listen to the crickets singing in the back pasture, walk hand-in-hand with her knight-in-shining armor as the sun sets over the river and drink sweet tea with lime during a thunderstorm. And she has never met a decorating project she didn't like. Follow KariAnne on Google+
I love them all. I especially like the hot pink, peach and yellow flowers in shaved ice.... so simple, yet so elegant.
Wait, I can't decide... maybe the pink and white? No all the cakes one..... oh all of them.