Tablescape Tuesday: A Bright Luncheon

Did you see Kim’s tablescape that was recently featured in Southern Living? Talk about a gorgeous spread of bright, fun colors!
Inspired by the hues of peonies, daffodils, hyacinths and ranunculus, Kim created a palette of pink, yellow, blue and orange, punctuated by lush centerpieces and new tablecloths made of ikat fabrics. 
“Even with a big group, you always want it to feel intimate and personal,” says Kim. To dress the tables, Kim combined three different place settings of family china and her own monogrammed napkins and flatware. The result was a cheerful luncheon focused on friends and family!
Anchoring each arrangement is a handcrafted blue pottery bowl bursting with pink peonies. A random mix of colorful vases filled with daffodils, ranunculus and hyacinths surrounds the bowls. She placed each kind of flower in a separate vase instead of creating mixed bouquets. “My other sister, Krystal, and I raided everyone’s cupboards looking for vases,” says Kim, laughing. Getting each centerpiece grouping right was a matter of trial and error. “We kept moving the vases from table to table until we had just the right combinations,” says Kim.
Personalized patterned lipstick cases stand in as place cards. The Left Handed Calligrapher, Nicole Black, helped Kim with these cases, but you can do it yourself using a paint pen from a crafts or hobby store. “I love the handwritten casualness and the addition of more color and pattern to each place setting,” Kim says. “The lipstick cases double as favors to take home to remember the day.”
Having similar looks on all three tables creates a festive setting that’s sophisticated and cohesive. Key elements stay the same, but the colors and specifics are varied. Floor-length tablecloths made of a graphic Ceylon et Cie ikat fabric in three colorways form the base. 

For the place settings, Kim repeated the following elements: china dinner plate, monogrammed napkin, and casual flatware.

“This approach allowed us to mix and match our family pieces,” Kim says. Rented rattan chargers and folding chairs offer a consistent thread from table to table and balance the strong colors.

So fun!


  1. Jamie on June 20, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Saw this in Southern Living! It made me decide I needed monogrammed napkins for when I host fellow Navy wives for lunch!

  2. Embossed Graphics on June 20, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    This is gorgeous! I really liked the design that you created. Very aesthetically pleasing.

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