Last month, if you didn't catch my very excited status updates, I had the opportunity of being on the local live TV show, KCLive on KSHB. It's a daily show that focuses on everything Kansas City. The people, businesses, music, food and anything imaginative that makes this city great. I got in contact with Michael Mackie, one of the talk show host, in Feburary about being on the show. After our brief conversation, I was instantly nervous. What could little ole me bring to the table that would be exciting enough for viewers to be interested in. After coming up with an idea, it took a month to reply back after repeatedly telling myself, I can do this, what are you afraid of? When I proposed my idea of doing a wedding tablescape and collaborating with local vendors, I was pleased that they loved the idea and even suggested doing more tables to do a segment on "Spring Tablescape Inspiration".
Right then I knew this would be a fun and tough challenge at hand, and I knew I needed the help from some amazing local vendors. Right away, I was connected with Jillian from The Vintage Petal, Jollene, a wedding stylist, from Two by Two: Events and Productions, Heather from Indulge Cake and Confection Studio and Megan from Sweet Dream Confections. They were so fun to work with and I can not thank them enough for all the hard work they put into these tables.
Our first and biggest table was a rustic glam wedding reception table. It was full of beautiful magentas, greens and golds. Jollene, paired items that were DIY, repurposed, vintage and brand new. Then to bring it all together, we had beautiful florals arranged by Jillian, a wedding cake designed by Heather and I designed the wedding invitations, labels and table cards. It turned out absolutely glamourous.
The second table, I put together a smaller example of what you could do for a Spring Sunday Brunch. You see a place setting for one that is surrounded with pastels, beautiful florals arranged in a tea cup, beautiful dinner wear, a Sunday brunch menu and the cutest cupcakes by Megan.
The third table, I designed a traveling theme party for a graduate. With seniors graduating from high school or college this season, I knew it would be the best opportunity to show off what you can do for a grad party. This buffet style table would hold your finger foods, drinks, desserts, gifts and photos to show off and congratulate your grad. I designed the stationary and food cards with primary colors and bold lines to mimic vintage mail and Megan designed the cupcakes with the graduate decor.
Throughout this process I learned some tips of my own that I would like to share with you on how to successfully design your own tablescape.
Details are key. You want everything to coordinate, flow and be interesting to the eye. Layer your heights and don’t be afraid to pair old with new. Set up a mock table before hand so that you can visualize what’s working and what’s not.
Always find inspirational help from blogs, pinterest and/or youtube. You can also find inspiration from the items in your own home. You can repurpose fabrics, vases, flatware, dishes and even jewelry, anything to help show your personality. If you need help, and can afford it, hire a professional. If the budget doesn't allow, always ask a friend or family member. Sometimes taking at least one task off your hands with help out a ton.
Give yourself a budget that will allow you to comfortably design a table that will still make a statement. Think of easy DIY projects to lower the costs. Shop at places like the dollar store, thrift store, hobby lobby and my favorite – the $1 bin at Target. Start collecting items ahead of time so you’re not rushing for any last minute items.
Last but not least Tip #4
Keep it simple and stress free. Any tablescape designed with love can welcome any party guest.
I had an amazing time on and off the show. I got to connect and network with these lovely ladies, I learned some cool tricks on table decor and I had my first experience being on live tv. This is definitely something I'll look back at and remember forever.
Here are my lovely vendors and how to contact them:
Jillian, The Vintage Petal // www.thevintagepetal.com
Jollene, Two by Two: Events & Productions // www.2by2events.com
Heather, Indulge Cake & Confection Studio // www.facebook.com/indulgecakestudio
Megan, Sweet Dream Confections // www.sweetdreamconfections.com
You can catch Kansas City Live everyday at 10am on KSHB.