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How To Make A Slightly Fancier, But Still Totally Easy Tablescape


by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

 How To Make A Slightly Fancier, But Still Totally Easy Tablescape | A Practical Wedding

How To Make A Slightly Fancier, But Still Totally Easy Tablescape | A Practical Wedding

How To Make A Slightly Fancier, But Still Totally Easy Tablescape | A Practical Wedding

How To Make A Slightly Fancier, But Still Totally Easy Tablescape | A Practical Wedding

How To Make A Slightly Fancier, But Still Totally Easy Tablescape | A Practical Wedding

How To Make A Slightly Fancier, But Still Totally Easy Tablescape | A Practical Wedding

How To Make A Slightly Fancier, But Still Totally Easy Tablescape | A Practical Wedding

How To Make A Slightly Fancier, But Still Totally Easy Tablescape | A Practical Wedding

How To Make A Slightly Fancier, But Still Totally Easy Tablescape | A Practical Wedding

How To Make A Slightly Fancier, But Still Totally Easy Tablescape | A Practical Wedding

How To Make A Slightly Fancier, But Still Totally Easy Tablescape | A Practical Wedding

How To Make A Slightly Fancier, But Still Totally Easy Tablescape | A Practical Wedding

How To Make A Slightly Fancier, But Still Totally Easy Tablescape | A Practical Wedding

How To Make A Slightly Fancier, But Still Totally Easy Tablescape | A Practical Wedding

You guys, I’ve been waiting for this post for months. Literally, since October when we shot it. No joke. Because when we put all the pieces of our tutorials together, I kept jumping around everywhere squealing, “It looks so good! Oh my god, it looks so good! What the heck, that ombre table runner was so easy and I want to die over how good it looks. What. The. Heck. Why does everyone act like weddings have to be hard and expensive?” What can I say? I get exuberant when excited by cheap and easy crafts that I help make and that look fantastic. And I mean, it does look fantastic, right?

But the other best part (other than the clear gorgeousness) about this tablescape is that if you’ve already mastered the watercolor place cardsombre table runner and lush floral centerpiece tutorials from earlier, your work here is actually quite literally DONE. Unlike our previous tablescape, once you’ve created the elements for this table, you don’t even have to think anymore. (No arranging to worry about here! Simple! You don’t even have to watch what your wedding helpers are doing because they couldn’t possibly screw it up.)

We used standard rentals for this table, but this time we decided to elevate the style of this table over our simpler setup by using a slightly fancier place setting. Slightly. But that is 100% optional, because it’s not what is making this tablescape look so good anyway. You can swap out the extra forks and glasses and make this a perfect setup for your garden wedding, backyard shindig, or barnyard hoedown. You could even use nice recyclable plates and have it look amazing (and yes, we totally have a post on that coming up soon).

Once you’ve finished, your only responsibility is to admire your work and then go have a glass of champagne. Which luckily, since we set the table that way, is right in front of you.

(And get excited. Because next week we’ll have the outtakes from our How-To shoot. Which? Probably the best part of the whole series.)

Photos by Emily Takes Photos, Crafting by Elizabeth of Lowe House Events, Graphic Design by Michelle Edgemont (all APW advertisers). Chairs, linens, glassware, dishes, silverware, all provided by Encore Event Rentals in Petaluma, CA, who were awesome.

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. Her first book, A Practical Wedding: Creative Solutions for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration, was published in January 2012, and has been a top three bestseller on the wedding bookshelf ever since. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son.

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  • Ambi

    SO. FREAKIN. GORGEOUS!

  • http://www.empapers.com Eleanor

    How have I missed that you’ve been doing these posts? Love it! love it! love it! I especially like the shots of you guys setting it up.

    • meg

      Um, I have no idea! We’ve been doing them every Thursday for three months! This is just the crafty reveal, we did a whole lazy series too. Check the How To tab.

  • Paranoid Libra

    I anxiously await puppy bombs and more of the adorable ladies. Seriously Meg I got so excited last week when you mentioned an outtakes post.

  • JEM

    This isn’t the end of the Lazy Girl’s How-To is it??

    • meg

      It is! Other than outtakes. More fun stuff to come, but this is the end of this series.

      • Sarah

        Sad. I’m excited to see what other how-tos, crafts, or other tutes Team APW & Friends puts together. This has been a fun series.

  • http://Sweetandwildchild.blogspot.com Jackie

    I love it. Damn right, cheap and pretty doesnt have to make you wanna rip your eyeballs out! Thanks for this :)

  • http://seventhandw.wordpress.com Nora

    So gorgeous! This totally looks like a styled blog shoot, but it is and it’s easy (looking)!

  • Leila

    It looks awesome! We might are going to have our wedding in a restaurant with long tables seating as many as twenty. Do you think that having a lush flower centerpiece display in the middle with the single flowers (from the easy table scape) and candles would wokr? I love long tables, but I keep getting discouraged by the sheer amount flowers that are on a lot of long tables.

    • Elizabeth @ Lowe House

      Yep, that sounds like it would be gorgeous!

  • Colorado Laurel

    Holy gorgeous batman!

  • http://www.ninephotography.com Nine Photography | Dallas Wedding Photographers

    LOVE this! So simple and elegant.

  • Jen B

    Gorgeous! Holy wow! I really love what you did with the napkins. (I know, of all the awesomeness that is this table, I’m commenting on the d*mn napkins, but hey. There are entire other posts on the awesome elements.)

  • Kat

    Looks awesome! I’m super curious about the “nice recyclable plates.” How long do I have to wait for the upcoming post? I have been looking high and low for sturdy, environmentally friendly, one use plates that don’t cost a fortune for my upcoming wedding. Hopefully not too long! *fingers-crossed*

  • http://ofchocolateandmangos Amber

    Another idea is that when using long tables, where they meet pull all the table cloth out towards the guests, it adds a bit of fluff although barely noticeable it is the details that make a difference in the whole look. I used to do a charity luncheon for 11 years where I volunteered to set a table for 8. I learned so much and became good at the little stuff. It is amazing how a correctly placed plate that has a pattern, find the top/match the pattern etc. can make. Making sure that the napkin is centered or off centered if that is the choice but every place is the same and perfect. It costs nothing more than a bit of time and care and the effect is worth it. No one really notices because it looks professional, but they do see sloppiness. Sort of like when my girls competed in gymnastics. Their coach required perfectly neat hair. The judges saw their routine instead of their hair flopping around. 1/10th of a point but it did make a difference.

  • Liz

    Are these 30″ or 40″ tables? What about for the super simple table w the craft paper and glass?