Simple Table Settings by Meg Keene In my last post I mentioned that thinking about table settings was fun for me. So, here we go. (and I hear you with the *yawn* on the table settings. It’s fine, come back tomorrow). I called this post ‘Simple Table Settings,’ which was just a nice way to say ‘Lazy Table Settings.’ I live in awe of you crazy-crafty super DIY brides. You guys say “I’m going to knit all of my napkins.” And I think “Amazing!!!” and “I’m tired just thinking about that project. Oh, I better go take a nap.” By which I mean to say, it’s good I like simple, because I’m clearly not going to hand embroider my linens. So, this brings us to the dilemma of table settings. I muttered to our caterer something about us using jewel tones when going through her rental linens book, and she snapped to, pulled the book away and said firmly “I would not recommend using cotton-poly to make a fashion statement.” Right. That said, we’re not much for pricey upgrades. So for a while there I was pondering making table runners… which still a option, but err, pulling out the sewing machine just seems like a lot of work. Which is how I fell for this lovely table where they used the folded the napkins to provide the pop of color. THIS, I thought to myself, THIS I can do! (or, uh, ask the caterer to do.) Then there was this sweet and simple table setting. We’ve been thinking we’d do long tables but this picture makes me like the good old fashioned round table. And, I don’t know if we’ll have menu cards, as they seem like a lot of hassle for something people look at for two seconds. But if we did have them (our big investment in the wedding is the food, so it might be nice to highlight our quirky and local food choices) I’d want them to look much like this one, designed by the excellent Pretty Pretty Paper. Simple, simple, simple. And chic. See, I like details too. I just take the extremely low stress approach to them. So low stress that sometimes I actually *achem* fall asleep. First picture from Snippet & Ink, via Emily Style; Second picture from Brooklyn Bride Meg Keene Founder & Editor-In-Chief Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. She has written two best selling wedding books: A Practical Wedding and A Practical Wedding Planner. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and two children. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit MegKeene.com.