Just because you’re stuck inside or unable to invite over anyone outside of your immediate family during the pandemic doesn’t mean you cannot practice and experiment with your design aesthetic or come up with new ideas for your next events. Read on about how I’ve kept my creativity going despite lock down and limited hosting opportunities.
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One of the hardest parts of this pandemic is not getting to see our friends and family and one of the things we miss doing the most is hosting everyone for a meal. We love the whole process really, from planning the food and drinks that everyone will like, to coming up with special activities for the kids, to decorating (ok, Paul may not miss doing those last two, but I really do). On instagram, I frequently post new ideas for the table scape, one of the best parts in my opinion of hosting a meal, and have continued through the pandemic. I’ve decided that just because we cannot invite anyone over right now does not mean I can’t get my creative juices flowing and come up with inspiration for our (or your) next event.
I thought I’d show you a few that I’ve come up with during the pandemic. The first is my July 4th table, which I put together for a table scape contest on IG. I tried to use some restraint, but it’s difficult sometimes to see that when everything is red, white, and blue. As far as going big and bold in your decor for the 4th, I’m here for it!
One thing I love doing with my table settings is to mix and match the pieces on the same table. Here, I’ve alternated red and blue napkins and I think it brings more visual interest and whimsy to the table.
A way to keep the feel of a table fun and casual is to DIY/make parts of the centerpiece. Here I painted the inside of glass mason jars red and blue and balanced them out with white hydrangeas. I didn’t want to overwhelm the table with too much color, so the white and clear glass elements help tone the table down.
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I also made a table that I would use for a casual, everyday meal. Again I alternated the colors of the napkins and kept the color palate very neutral with earth tones and wood and grass elements.
Finally, my Christmas table was probably my favorite of 2020. Of course, I used my mercury glass Christmas trees (combining two of my obsessions in one) with a pine and blueberry garland. There is something about used black and blue together that brings a bit of drama that I love, especially in a dining room.
I also had the pleasure of collaborating with a fabulous company, DII, on the cream, velvet trim napkins, the neutral colored chargers, and the adorable Christmas tree napkins which I think really increased the glam and bling to the table in an understated but impactful way. You can check them out here!
So, as you can see, I had a lot of fun creating table scapes all year long, despite the pandemic and despite being unable to host anyone outside of our bubble this year. I can only hope that we’ll be hosting again very soon. I told my oldest son that once this pandemic is over, it’s going to be like we have a revolving door at our house, we’ll be having everyone we know over and we’ll celebrate all of the birthdays and holidays we missed with our family and friends again.