Tablescape challenge: Chic and simple

When I first found out about the Modern Tablescape Challenge I was so excited to take part in it!  Everyone seems to be jumping on the vintage or rustic bandwagons, and fewer brides these days are asking for cool, modern designs!  This challenge is the perfect opportunity to get creative and showcase how fabulous a modern tablescape can actually be!  Modern doesn’t mean it has to seem cold or plain, but instead it’s clean, a bit minimalistic, and most of all, NOT cluttered.  The beauty of our tablescape is in the details, clean lines and modern graphics. With a crisp color palette of white and grey as a base, we used pops of orange to bring some warmth and life to this table!

Stationery: Lindsay – “I kept the stationery designs simple by using a simple, fun & trendy chevron pattern in a soft gray & white palette, but added in subtle orange accents hoping to warm up the design since minimal, modern designs can easily look cold & sterile.  What I created was simple, but still very inviting and personalized to the couple!”

Desserts: Elizabeth Gomez -“When I think of modern, I think of clean, light and refreshing beverages and desserts. Here are the yummy desserts I created for this tablescape!”

*Individual chocolate-orange wedding cakes with a light, orange bourbon cream cheese frosting – garnished with an orange peel rose & mint leaf. This was served in a modern white ceramic, egg shaped cup, which had a perfect touch -lined with orange.
*Signature sweet peach cocktails by The Candy Buffet with swizzle stir sticks
*Brownies with cream cheese frosting & orange zest

Florals: White ceramic cubes display unique, orange pincushion protea blooms.  The cubes were placed down the length of the six foot table; this centerpiece draws your eye down the center of the table, leaving no guest without a gorgeous, and totally out of the box, tropical flower to enjoy!  The minimalism of this centerpiece style screams modern as its design is far from ordinary, quite architectural, and very chic!


Desserts: Elizabeth Gomez – The Candy Buffet
Stationery: Lindsay Zogas – Paper Bloom
Photography: Diana Radoi – Diana Marie Photography
Floral + Styling: Liz Rusnac – Fleur:ology

Other Materials Used

Rentals: The Party Place {We chose items with very crips, clean lines, and stayed within the white and grey color palette.}

Pewter table linen
Grey napkins
Square white plates
Urban Collection glassware
Hammered silverware

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Tablescape challenge: Punchy yellows

Simple. Clean. Modern.

What we love most about this design is that it’s sophisticated while still being a bit playful. A break from the traditional, more feminine inspired blooms, the calla lilies, lush tropical leaves and craspedia are sleeker and definitely give the table a simple, clean, modern look. We love the contrasting tones of the bright yellow calla lilies against the green glass vases and dark gray place settings, such a striking combination! We kept saying “texture and layers” during the shoot and the craspedia and pin cushion protea really achieved that idea. While we decided to use the protea to accent the place setting you can use any type of flower that coordinates with the centerpiece – it’s a great way to continue the design over the entire table and add pops of color. Rather than using a tablecloth on the table the Chilewich placemats are a great addition to the design because of their practicality and texture. The green aluminum wire spiraling between the bud vases, along with the fun, funky craspedia (aka Billy Balls) kept the look fun and whimsical, minimal but not too serious. Overall the design is intended to be simple and striking, a few elements creating a strong impact.

Team members:

Floral design – Anne Kilcullen, Blade Floral and Event Designs
Photography – Sara Wasilausky, Sara Wasilausky Studio


Plates, flatware, glasses and vases; Ikea
Placemats; Chilewich
Aluminum wire; Jamali Garden

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Tablescape challenge: Kelly Wearstler inspired

INSPIRATION: Upscale picnic, Kelly Wearstler and Springtime!   For this challenge my aim was to create a clean and approachable design while still incorporating romantic blousy flowers.   This modern table design started with your standard caterer provided crisp white linens and folding chairs. By adding pattern and texture, highlighting a single flower type as well as including special paper details – you have a high impact and fun design.   Modern is all about keeping it fresh and natural, being fashion forward, highlighting lovely details as well as incorporating pattern and graphics. Modern makes a bold statement while putting a big smile on your face.


Concept and floral design: Denise Fasanello Floral Design
Coordination and planning: Bespoke Affairs
Photography: Tory Williams
Calligraphy and paper goods: Papermade Design
Macaroons: Nine Cakes
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Lighting projection: Adam Frank Inc.


Fabric runner: “Lovely Lattice” by Waverly at Mood Designer Fabrics
Bottles: Collection of green wine and water bottles
Gift boxes, stickers and stamp: Papersource:

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Tablescape challenge: Modern African

This table setting, styled by Jessica of Être Events and photographed by Lauren Gabrielle, features an eclectic tapestry
of textures and African accents.  Inspired by the Fort Greene, Brooklyn venue, Ici Restaurant which boasts a local and organic
ethos, all of the decor featured in the shoot were found locally in Ft Greene. Sustainability and repurposing items, such as the old 78 records as place settings on the table, supporting local businesses and featuring succulents were intentionally used throughout the theme. Old wine corks were used as to replace rocks or open air gravel the succulents inside the calabash gourds. The batik table cloths, calabash planters with succulents, hydrangea arrangements and candles were all found locally in the neighborhood of Fort Greene/Clinton Hill.

Team members:

Ici Restaurant
Owa African Boutique
Root Stock & Quade
Être Events
Lauren Gabrielle Photography

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Tablescape challenge: Modern black and white

I’m so excited to get this series started!  We got some great submissions over the last few weeks and this week we’re going to show our favorites!  Next week we’ll announce the winner of the $500 prize thanks to Newlywish!

Our design inspiration is actually one that I have been considering using at my own wedding next Spring.  We love how the paper planes incorporate a strong geometrical accent and also serve as a whimsical throwback.  The baby’s breath softens the look and our florist, Birch Blooms, intended to make them reminiscent of fluffy clouds.  The menus are featured on clear transparencies with white or black ink, the white menus having been designed with original calligraphy by Little Byrd Lettering.  We wanted to achieve a practical table so that guests views wouldn’t be obstructed and used translucent black vases for the tall bouquets, and stout vases holding just a touch of baby’s breath running the length of the table.

We think this is a clear example of why black and white weddings are so classic, and just adore how the crisp white plays against the moody black in a way that’s both elegant and edgy.

Team members:

Designer: Lauren Davi
Stylist: Ashley Pepitone
Photography by Janet Howard Studio
Floral design by Birch Blooms
Calligraphy by Little Byrd Lettering
Place settings, silverware, table, napkins from Peachtree Tents and Events
Table runner, champagne flutes, vases: Designer’s own

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