Posts Tagged ‘DIY’
During the summer months, we often find ourselves immersed in citrus flavors, whether it’s in our food, cocktails, or dessert. Lemons specifically, are reminiscent of an ice cold glass of lemonade, enjoyed on a hot summer day. To symbolize the carefree days of summer, I decided to style my table by utilizing the bright and cheery citrus fruits by creating a citrus table runner…lemons, oranges, limes and grapefruit…it’s a citrus sensation! For an added vibrant feel, I also incorporated flower petals in coordinating colors.
Let’s take a look at this oh-so-sweet summer tablescape….
I used a mix rich of colors with subtle contrasts to create this vibrant tablescape. While I could have used a white table linen for a totally bright tablescape, I opt for variance and went with a grey table linen. To coordinate with the neutral gray tone, I pulled out my white and gold-rimmed dinner plate and layered my vintage salad plate that features a grey color design. Inspired by the outdoor lush green surroundings during summer, I used my boxwood leaves placemats (on sale now!) for a natural element to the table.
All my china I found at an antique store, from the gold-rimmed plates and glassware to the gold flatware and the adorable ombre green gold-rimmed dessert bowls. For the final touch, I added a bloom in each of the bowls. For your table setting, by adding an element in the center of your plate or bowl, whether it’s a floral petal, place card, a wrapped candy, or a decor element, I find it’s a great way to welcome your guests as they pull up to the table and it finishes off your tablescape with a polished look.
To create this simple DIY Citrus & Floral Table Runner:
- You are going to create a line across the table from one end to the other with your whole fruit. Start with the center of your table and place a large orange in the middle of the table.
- Next you will add lemons. Place a lemon on the left and right side of the orange. You are then going to alternate on the both sides of the table (orange, lemon, orange, lemon, and so on) until you reached your desired length
- You will now concentrate on the center and two ends of the line. Start adding your whole limes, creating a triangle shape with your orange and lemon.
- In continuing with only the center and two ends of the table, you will now add your sliced oranges, limes, and grapefruits. For the oranges and limes, I cut them in half but for the grapefruit, I only needed one and I cut in into 4 halves.
- The final step is cutting the stem off your favorite flowers and nestle each bloom wherever you see holes in between your fruit layout. (note: when you are ready to clear the table, you can save your blooms by filling up a large bowl and create a floating floral arrangement!).
- If plan on having your table set until the sun goes down, nestle a few tealight or votive candle holders in between your runner.
For my DIY table runner – I used 5 whole oranges, 6 whole lemons, 7 limes (2 of which were sliced in half), and 1 grapefruit that I cut into 4 pieces.
We still have a month before we say goodbye to summer (38 days to be exact) so while the weather continues to be warm, I’m continuing with outdoor summer entertaining. This tablesetting is perfect for a sweet bridal brunch (bring on the bubbly!), a luncheon with your girlfriends…heck, you already have the fruit, add some more to your bar and bring on the citrus flavored mimosas, or set up a table in the middle of your backyard on top the grass for a candlelit dinner!
I hope you enjoyed today’s citrus & floral tablescape and it has inspired you to create your own diy table runner, or pulling out your vintage dinnerware and entertain outdoors! Let me know in the comments section below, what you think of today’s feature!
Below is a video snippet to show a “live” look of the tablescape.
Background Music: Ca ira French Dinner Music Collective (I Love Paris French Chanson from the City of Love Album)
-Photos + Styling by Rose Angel Lopez
If you were to ask me what is one of the best things of summer, I would have to say the ability to go out front or in our backyard and clip some peonies and hydrangeas we have planted. Growing flowers for cutting is such a joy for me so that I can transform into beautiful arrangements, big or small. Also, having readily available flowers are perfect for those days when you have an impromptu gathering or last minute guest visits. It’s a relief when you don’t have to rush out to the grocery store or florist to pick up some fresh flowers!
I noticed that a few of our hydrangeas were at its fullest bloom and if I didn’t cut them, they would eventually die. So I was inspired to create two different arrangements…one for outdoors and one for indoors. Keep reading to see how I created these two ideas for a simple DIY vase arrangement.
Outdoor Arrangement: displayed in a ‘Window Box Planter’
Since this is the season that we spend those most of our time outdoors, I’m always looking for ways to create centerpieces ideal for our outdoor dining table.
To achieve this look, I cut (8) hydrangeas and several leafy hydrangea stems. To arrange the hydrangeas, I used a large glass flower frog. Glass flower frogs are reusable pieces that sit at the bottom of a vase and securely hold your flower arrangement in place, while still getting water.
- A long window box planter (mine shown here is 24″)
- A vintage glass flower frog (size: large/13 hole)
How to assemble:
- Place your flower frog in the center of the planter box
- Fill your planter box with warm water
- Cut your first hydrangea stem to size and insert it in the middle hole of the flower frog. Make sure your hydrangea stem touches the bottom of the base so it can drink the water.
- Take off the leaves on the lower part of the stem (you don’t want the leaves to be submerged in water. Continue to insert each hydrangea stem into the flower frog holes. The center of the arrangement will give you a nice full-looking centerpiece.
- For the left and right sides of the planter box, you will want to fill these empty holes with the greenery leafy stems to add fullness.
Indoor Arrangement: displayed in large glass Cylinder Vases
Whether you’re looking to dress up your dining room table with a centerpiece, decorate a buffet table, or bar cart, these tall arrangements definitely have a wow factor and are very grand! I wouldn’t suggest this type of flower arrangement when setting up a tablescape because viewing your guests will make it difficult to conversate. If you have kitchen island, a couple of these arrangements in various sizes on your counter, will look amazing. Our dining room table fits seating for eight and displaying these large arrangements adds a bounteous cheer and a stunning touch of decoration.
- 16″ glass cylinder vases (depending on the size of your table will determine how many you can fit)
How to assemble:
- Fill your cylinder with water and insert hydranges. If you have a very large bloom, I inserted only one stem and also included the stems of the hydrangea leaves.
-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez
Bring on the Yummy and Let’s Party!
Do you remember looking back as a child and how you couldn’t wait until your birthday cake arrived, all lit up with candles? Well, no need to wait for the grand finale, cakes are not the only thing be shared these days. Similar to a buffet set up, decked out with a sweet-scene display, tables now are the cornerstone of most parties where they are displayed throughout an event. A display of cakes, cookies and other yummy sweet treats can be the heart of your party and the perfect place to match your party decor accessories. There’s no better way to excite your guests and have them connect to their inner child by indulging in a variety of mouth-watering, bite-sized deliciousness. As a bonus…share the sweetness by adding boxes or bags for guest to fill and treats double as favors too!
When Shari’s Berries contacted me to let me know that they put a ‘How To Set Up a Candy Buffet’ guide, I was excited at the chance to share this with you. Take a cue from this ‘how-to’ and deck out your next party with your own splendid dessert table for kids and adults, alike!
*This post is brought to you by Shari’s Berries.
This DIY is a simple way to transform your ordinary coasters to fashionably functional with its coveted look of gold edges!
On our bedside tables, we typically like to have a glass of water beside us or enjoy our morning coffee in the bedroom, while getting ready for the day. It’s important to protect the surface of the nightstands from watermarks or drink stains, so in order to avoid possible spills or damage, I like to use coasters. I purchased these gold rimmed coasters and have them displayed on the tray in the living room and I couldn’t find similar ones, since I wanted to coordinate with some of the gold decor elements in the bedroom. As an alternative, I found white marble coasters with subtle grey veining throughout and with a simple and easy DIY – I applied gold leaf to the four edges of the coasters.
I love the sophisticated, sparkling appearance the gold leaf adds to the marble coasters and it coordinates so well on top of the all-white nightstands. The best part of this DIY gold leaf application is the fact that it doesn’t have to look perfect! Each side of the coaster has its own imperfect character. If you prefer cleaner edges, I would suggest using paint or spray paint to acheive that look.
-Photos + DIY by Rose Angel Lopez