Tips for Tip Top Tablescapes 2

As an Interior Designer and creative mind, I’m sometimes presented with some unusual project requests. At a committee meeting to discuss fundraiser ideas, the topic of Tablescaping was presented. What in the world is that?

Tablescape noun:  An artistic arrangement of articles on a table.

As it turned out we have since tablescaped multiple events in the area and had a lot of fun doing it. Here are my tips to help you create your own Tip Top Tablescape for whatever event you’re hosting.

Select a theme

Have an idea of what story your table is portraying. It could be as simple as a picnic in the park, a holiday like 4th of July, or perhaps just a color – everything in green.

Where do I find items?

Go through your cabinets and closets to see how you can repurpose. Turning a stemware glass upside down and putting a votive on top makes a great candlestick. Ordinary Christmas lights in glass containers can bring a soft elegance and glow to a table.

Build it up

Containers and boxes of different sizes should be used to fill out the space and create visual interest.  Glass apothecary jars can be filled with theme-related items to help anchor everything else around it. Varying heights is key.

Layer it up

All tables should start with a base tablecloth in a neutral color. Find coordinate patterns to layer on in fabric toppers, runners and placemats.  Fabric remnants can be cut into square placemats and colorful tulle can be a bountiful runner.

Tablescaping is all about being creative.  Repurpose things and push the envelope a bit. Happy Decorating!

Interior Designer Katie Heinz owns The Interior Design Studio and JK Gift Shop with Amy Douglass and Julie McNabb at 207 S. Court Street, Medina. 330.725.7623.