Tablescape challenge: Orange inspired sweetheart table

Modern Tablescape Design
Tied Together by { Tinsel & Twine }

For our Modern Tablescape submission, we decided to put a Modern spin on a Bride and Groom’s Sweetheart Table, because we felt that these can easily end up looking tragically traditional. Cue the red roses and tapered candles!

We were inspired by a recent meeting with a bride-to-be who described her dream wedding as a “non-wedding wedding.” She wants her big day to feel like a cool New York City loft party or a rooftop dinner party with a view of the city. So we envisioned for her a chic sushi dinner party with low tables accented by clean lines, geometric shapes, and bold pops of color. The hydrangeas and hypercium berries add a sense of romance without overwhelming the table and are balanced by the wedding ring icons that denote Bride and Groom. The table is pulled together by square edges and circular elements — down to a playful parade of oranges. The juxtaposition of sophisticated black and white elements also adds a sense of cohesion and makes the table feel elegant and modern.

Team Members:  Liz Castelli, Adette Contreras & Erica Taylor of { Tinsel & Twine }
Materials & Florals Used:  Linen and silk panels, ribbon, assorted porcelain dining ware, hydrangeas, hypercium berries, clementines
Photography:  Adette Contreras

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Tablescape challenge: Modern folk

We decided to go to Fabric Row, which is 4th Street in South Philadelphia and keep an open mind.  I was thinking yellow and my assistant designer Adriene was thinking green and we ended up with something completely different. Adriene and I tend to have very opposing views on bold prints so we were surprised that we both loved this modern folk art print so much.  It had so many bold colors to pull from but the red seemed to jump out at us.  While you could easily use this as an allover table linen, we liked the idea of “placemat” runners as an overlay.

I had this idea for Trompe L’Oeil vases and was dying to make them.  We were able to use inexpensive liner vases and draw dreamy vintage containers on chalkboard boxes. The effect worked perfectly.  The flowers are a mix of roses, spray roses, dianthus, ranunculus, anemone and Gloriosa Lily. We specifically used the Gloriosa because it looked so perfect with our printed fabric.

For our place setting, we used alternating black and white plates and napkins with brushed flatware.

The Menus and Placecards were pieces of chalkboard.

DIY info:

The “placemat” runners were simple, we measured our table height x 2 + table width to get the runner length added a few inches to allow it to puddle. We opted to make the runners 20” wide.  Add 1” allowance on all sides for 1/2” hems.  Sew with sewing machine or to make it easier use fusible hem tape.

The “vases” are wooden boxes with 3 coats of chalkboard paint, we just sketched the vase shapes that we liked on.  This allows you to use any jar or cheap vase to hold the flowers.  We made these boxes ourselves but you could use any box. The menus and place cards are thin wood with 3 coats of chalkboard paint.

Photos, Linens, Flowers, “Vases” by Sullivan Owen (we’re multi taskers!)

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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: Museum inspired

The inspiration for the tablescape came from a Museum of Modern Art book that Alix got at a used book sale a little over a year ago. The cover of the book is embossed and painted metal making the piece was just too hard to resist. The couple decided to use the cover as their inspiration and pulled elements of color, style, and finish to complete the modern tablescape.

DIY Project: Modern Centerpiece

-3 small succulents
-pea-sized gravel
-white spray paint
-mirrored box/mirror
-black rocks
-newspaper, plastic bags

Buy or gather pea-sized gravel, rinse in a colander, and allow to dry.

Find a box that suits the size of your table and cut to your desired height (mine was about 6 inches tall) or buy a box that’s the shape you prefer. I spray painted my box so that it was all evenly white. Line the box with plastic bags. Place your mirrored box inside (I covered mine in plastic to prevent it from getting dirty) and fill the larger box with soil. Plant your succulents–I used three and left the fourth space free for a tea light candle and some contrasting black rocks. Spray paint your gravel white and let dry. Take the (now) white gravel and cover all of the dirt surrounding your succulents and mirror/mirrored box. Nestle your candle down in the rocks and surround with black rocks. Viola!

Yellow bread plate, silverware, napkins; Crate & Barrel
Tiffany blue and slate colored plates; Z Gallerie
Glasses, Mirrored box; West Elm
All DIY materials, placemats; Home Depot

Design Team: Alix Gates & Jake Levy
Photographers: Alix Gates & Jake Levy

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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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