entertaining. two summer tablescapes.

I often get the question “what do you do?” And by often I mean pretty much daily. The answer starts with “I do a lot of different things.” But, the bulk of my work is in design and styling for photo and event clients. 

What does design and styling entail? Well I work with the client to create or some cases complete their vision and then pull together the pieces to execute that vision. For example, you may remember my Brief Assembly dinner back in December. As I’ve said a thousand time this was a dream project for me as I worked with two amazingly creative women to bring their vision to life. My job was to pull in vendors for florals, rentals, and small decor details to make a dinner party for 30 come to life. 

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What I would like to start doing on my blog is sharing tips and tricks for styling for anything from photos and flat lays to dinners and other events. First up, two simple summer time place settings for your next dinner party! 

**SIDE NOTE: I realize that these color specific ideas would require you to own these items but also I’m hoping to give you ideas that you could potentially replicate with another color palette of things you might already own!

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Millennial Pink: 

The first is a blush pink design. 

For this one I made a small floral arrangement from Trader Joe’s (might try to share a how-to on that soon … should I?) of white, cream and pink florals with obviously tons of greens. I used placemats that I bought at CB2 ages ago, my plates, gold flatware and my own glassware. 

I purchased these napkins from West Elm to complete the look and I added a agate coaster as a place holder. Pro Tip: Write your guests name on them so they feel more personal! 

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Golden Yellow: 

This one is my favorite (mostly because I got to use an arrangement from Darling & Daughters) but, you again could easily make a small centerpiece with white floral and greens from Trader Joe’s. Pro Tip: Try to buy enough to create two arrangements, one for your table and one for a coffee table or other entertaining area. 

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For the place setting I splurged a little on this one… I bought a place carder holder set and chargers at West Elm.

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And the placemat is an old pillow case that I cut in half to create two place settings. The dishes, silverware and glassware is again what I had at home. I am always an advocate for using things you have and making them new for your place settings! Keeps it cheaper and more original! 

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Happy entertaining! 

E