With our wedding anniversary being this week, and my birthday and Mother’s Day just around the corner, I had a moment of “Hey, I’m going to treat myself” in the grocery store the other day.
I mean come on…I should give myself flowers for living with Robert for 4 years. (TOTALLY kidding! Actually, that should be reversed because I know I’m way harder to live with.)
I guess I stole Robert’s thunder in the buying me flowers thing, but I couldn’t pass these up. The bouquet of baby’s breath was calling to me. And since there was a 3 bouquets for $9 deal going on, they somehow jumped in my cart on their own. Funny how that happens, huh?
When I got home and put Olivia down for her nap, inspiration struck. Y’all, normal people would stick their flowers in a vase and call it a day. But no. I have to make it complicated and play decorator because I can’t leave well enough alone. Ever.
I had a roll of burlap hanging around in my fabric box leftover from a few projects. (You can never have enough burlap.) I got the roll at 50% off for $6 during my last Hobby Lobby trip. (And had a coupon on top of it- yay!)
My mom had recently given me a big box of old milk glass vases that belonged to my grandmother. I’d begged her to save them for me a couple years ago; they’d been sitting in storage for a long time. I’ve seen similar ones in Goodwill for 50 cents! And clear ones that I see every time I visit can even be spray painted white to look like milk glass.
Back in the fall, I’d found these beautiful mirrored candleholders at the thrift store for $3 each, and I’d never really done much with them before.
I let my book obsession take over again, and I gathered up some old books from around our house that I’d bought on several thrift store trips. Books are usually less than $1 each in thrift stores.
If you or someone you know is getting married soon, there are three absolute must-haves for your wedding registry: simple white china, classic glassware, and a nice set of silverware. You’ll thank yourself for years to come. I know I do.
All of that together ended up making a tablescape that is great for spring or summer. And okay, it is way over the top to just have hanging out on our table for our day-to-day meals. I felt way underdressed eating cereal in my pajamas with this going on. But I had fun putting it together.
If I’d bought everything (besides our wedding china/glassware/silverware) together at the same time, it would have cost me around $30. Not too shabby, huh?
Luckily for me, since I just shopped our home for what we already had, I guess I only have to count the $9 worth of flowers. Our anniversary is smack dab in the middle of our busy week, so our date night will have to wait until the weekend. But at least our usual family dinners this week can have this little extra special part to celebrate.
If how to make centerpieces and tablescapes has completely eluded you, here are some tips to take out the guesswork:
1. Symmetry matters. In decorating, the number 3 is a magic number. It is perfect for creating symmetry. I used three candleholders with two tall milk glass vases in line between them. Sticking to symmetry keeps the table feeling balanced.
2. Vary heights. Have a balance of short and tall accents. The candleholders and candles and two tall vases were, well, my tall accents. My small vases were my short accents. Okay, you’re probably sitting there thinking, “Duh, Lauren. Tall vases are tall? No kidding.” You get the idea.
3. Add something unique. Vases and candleholders are fairly commonplace for a tablesetting. By using something you wouldn’t normally find on a table (like my books), you create interest and give it personality.
4. Incorporate texture. Use all kinds of materials to make a design come to life. Whether you’re designing a room or a table, the best way you can inject life into a neutral pallet is with plenty of natural elements- glass, wood, natural woven fabrics, metals, greenery, and paper. On this table, I have all six.
Those are the tricks! It takes some trial and error. Well, that’s how I ever figure anything out anyway.
I got completely carried away with my camera for a while on this one. Olivia was a good napper that day.
I really liked our table decor at our wedding four years ago, but I think this setup comes in at a close second.
If you guys have a wedding coming up soon or just a night you want to make special, I hope those tips can help. Of course, the company around your table matters way more than what’s actually on it. Enjoy who you’re sharing the moment with whether you’re dining with fine china or paper plates. That’s what it’s all about in the end.
It seems like just yesterday was the day I married my best friend. And even though he certainly had to endure about a year of burnt dinners our first year of marriage as I figured my way around the kitchen, I’ve been so thankful for those 30 minutes of family dinnertime with him and Olivia each evening. They make every day feel complete.