This was my first year as a table designer and to say that I was a bit intimidated is an understatement. I knew that I'd be sharing the room with many design greats such as David Jimenez, VP of Visual Merchandising for Hallmark and the local celebrity florist, Dan Meiners. Both repeatedly come up with inspired designs that are the true show stoppers every year. I'll be doing a seperate post tomorrow with pics from their tables and all the other designers as well.
The dramatic drapery at the entrance of the exhibit hall...there's no turning back now!
I took plain glass candle holders from the dollar store and sprayed them with water. When they were still wet, we did a light coat of gold spray paint. The mix of water and paint created the bubbly, uneven texture.
I arranged glasses, candle holders, vases and canning jars down the center. All were purchased at thrift stores, many were just $0.50 each.
We're getting there!
I filled several candle holders with bird seed or pebbles to add some additional texture...
...while George arranged our centerpiece.
Last touch...a light dusting of ultra-fine glitter over the top of the burlap.
And viola, a completed table for about $100! I heard one designer say he spent $5,000 on his table, so I was even more pleased that we were able to create this look for such a reasonable amount.
A few detail shots-
Since we didn't want to purchase our own chairs, I placed the provided banquet chairs backwards against the table for something different.
Suburban Spunk, that's me!
Tablecloth Burlap (Hobby Lobby) $2.99 x 8 yards=$23.92
Ribbon (various sizes from Hobby Lobby) $6
Charger plates (Old Time Pottery) $1.99 x 10=$19.90
Centerpiece vase (HomeGoods) $14.99
Candleholders (thrifted/dollar stores) $25
Winecorks (Ebay) $16
Fabric for centerpiece & napkins (Joanne's clearance) $2/yard x 3 yards=$6
Branches (yard) $0
Gold silverware (inherited) $0
Martha Stewart glitter (left over from holiday crafts) $0
Once the lights were dimmed for the cocktail party on Friday and again Saturday night for the gala, the table just shimmered in all the candlelight. I hope this shows that with a bit of creativity and planning, you can create a beautiful table design on a budget.
I'll be posting the other amazing tables from the event tomorrow.
Hope you had a lovely weekend. -Suzanne