Back in January, I had the privilege of collaborating with JL Designs and Olive Hue to create a tablescape for Utterly Engaged’s design challenge. If you have not heard of Utterly Engaged- you need to. It is a wonderful wedding e-zine and is always full to the brim with inspiration. As a part of their New Years party, they invited teams of wedding vendors to create a tablescape to display and be voted on at the event. The guidelines for the contest were:
1. the tablescape had to be MODERN
2. the focus of the tablescape should NOT revolve around flowers but rather some other element – paper, wood, metal, etc.
3. we had to spend $150. or less (not including rentals – we could use whatever rentals we wanted but no chairs)
I am so proud of what we came up with and how it turned out! Our theme was “urban loft”- very clean, modern and striking. Here is our little inspiration board:
While brainstorming what we could do that would be truly unique, Carissa struck gold. She had eyed the pendant light fixture pictured above (from Design Within Reach) and came up with the idea to create string spheres to feature on our tablescape. She pulled a method all the way back from elementary school- winding string around a balloon, covering it with fabric stiffener, letting it dry and then popping the balloon. How genius was that?
We lined the pendants in the center of the table and Carissa placed gorgeous fuchsia peonies to accent the centerpiece with pops of color. We also hung some of the pendants above the table.
I added in a little more color by wrapping votive candles in fuchsia yarn (a super easy way to customize plain cheap votive holders for any event):
We used the same yarn on the napkin treatments. I love what Jane created for the menu cards- she blind pressed them, which is letterpressing without the ink. If you look closely, you can see the text on the paper. It was so cool!
Jane also created these cute tags for the glasses:
When I was trying to think of an idea for a favor to place on the table, I remembered that Sweet and Saucy Shop’s cake pops have a chocolate shell that is patterned similar to the string pendants we were using. Melody brought us a few of her treats to use- they were perfect!
I loved how everything turned out and we were so honored to tie for second place! You can see our feature in the E-zine here. Thanks Utterly Engaged crew for putting on such a fun competition! (& party!)
A big thank you to Jasmine Star for the great photos, Melody of Sweet & Saucy Shop for the sweet treats, Wildflower Linens & Classic Party Rentals for our rentals and-of course- to my partners in crime, Carissa & Jane, for being so insanely talented! If I could work with you two everyday, my days would always be sunny