Tips for a stunning tablescape for an elegant brunch or dinner party


Tablescapes aren’t just for weddings anymore. In this age of Pinterest, every brunch or dinner party is an opportunity to design a gorgeous table for guests to admire. A tablescape is the first thing guests see, and will set the tone for any brunch or dinner party. 

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Get Inspired

Inspiration is all around you, in nature, fashion and home décor. Its all about the details from a single serving dish, a favorite flower, or single pinecone can inspire a whole tablescape design. We recommend to choose 2-3 colors, complimenting color hues are easy to work with but keep an open mind.


Use Place Cards as Decor

Place Cards are a great opportunity to add another interesting design element to your table. Instead of typical folding cards, consider writing guests’ names on stones, leaves, lemons, a mini pumpkin but the options are endless. 


Centerpieces are the focal of any dinner party

Think outside of the vase and get creative with elements that can be infused into your design. To create a cluster of potted succulents, terrariums with a collection of air plants. Also if you are serving Italian cuisine, you could feature a lemon tree or lemon inspired design as your centerpiece, and serve Limoncello for desert!


Keep things above or below eye level.

One of the most common table design mistakes is height and scale. You want to have a centerpiece above or below eye level. We love a long leafy garland with a row of small bud vases. They make a chic statement while still leaving plenty of room at the table. For longer tables, play with scale by interspersing a variety of candleholders and votive candles in varying heights.


Layers, Layers, Layers


If there was one rule of thumb for creating the ultimate tablescape and ensure rave review it is a table design with layers. Similar to a cityscape profile, there are objects of varying heights and proportions that give it a natural feel. So as you choose your elements, from tableware, lighting and centerpiece, add height, depth and a mix of materials in varied shapes and sizes.

Venue – The Mutter Museum, Philadelphia PA 

Photos – Ashley Gerrity Photography 

Beach weddings

Rolling waves, soft sand, and the sun on your skin – an ideal atmosphere for a romantic beach wedding.  The top trending ideas for a beach wedding will have your running to dip your toes in for your beach nuptials.

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  1. Wooden Arch

Having your ceremony arch made out of drift wood or birch gives your wedding a natural and romantic feel.  Instead of draping the arch in tulle, try nautical rope or fishing net.  Even if you simply add flowers and flowing greens, this will lend a hand to the organic beach feel.

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  1. Nautical Items

Having some nautical pieces such as bottles, an anchor, or an antique boat propeller adds a bit of charm to your beach affair.  These wedding items can be placed at the bottom of your arch, around your sweetheart or near your cake table will add that extra little touch.


  1. Air Plants

Air plants are a unique touch for your wedding.  They look as if they grew from a coral reef.  Adding them into your bouquet will definitely give it that nautical, organic feel.  They also look stunning in your hair, making you feel like a beautiful mermaid! Check out air plant and succulent jewelry here!   You can also enhance your wedding cake by placing air plants on the tiers.


  1. Message In a Bottle – Driftwood Signs

A fun activity for your guests to do is write you messages, tie them up in string and place it in a bottle.  You can have the instructions painted on a drift wood sign to add that extra beach flair.  You can also use driftwood signs to lead your guests to the ceremony, cocktail and reception areas throughout your event.

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  1. Bare Feet

Just think of the amazing feeling that sand provides as you walk along the beach in your bare feet.  Instead of wearing shoes, beach brides are now slipping into foot jewelry for their walk down the aisle.  These pieces look absolutely stunning!  They come in gold, silver, pearl, and many more varieties.   Some brides even have little starfish on their jewelry. These pieces also make great gifts for bridesmaids; a little token that they can even wear after the wedding.

Swept Away Styled Shoot in Ocean City, NJ

We couldn’t have pictured a more beautiful setting to photograph our swept away wedding. These beach wedding ideas are full of natural elements and the most beautiful details. From the shabby chic furniture to the mussels used for cake decor. Every bit of this inspiration draws upon the beauty of the shore and  Elizabeth Moore Photography captured it all perfectly! Designed by Best Day Ever Event Planning and Leigh Florist

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Photography ::

Elizabeth Moore Photography


Event Planner ::

Best Day Ever Event Planning


Florist ::

Leigh Florist


Bridal Attire ::



Calligraphy ::

White Cedar Paper Studio


Bakery ::

Cake Stand Bakery


Hair & Makeup Artist::

The Pin Up Girl


Barefoot Sandals ::

Catherine Cole


Rings ::

Wedding Trends for 2016

Greens add romance, draping greens and vines are being added to bouquets and centerpieces. We especially love all the gray foliage like seeded and Italian eucalyptus. Greenery adds movement, softens and creates natural designs.

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Above photo: Aaren Lee Photography

Retro grooms: I have been noticing colored tuxedos, fitted suits and bow ties. Love this look! Summer wedding groom in cobalt blue tuxedo.


Photographer: Heather Curley Photography


Gold, bronze and champagne: The metallic craze is here to stay. Everything gold is better! We loving the gold dipped vases.


 Photo on left : Love Me Do Photography – on right: Sue B Photography


The Word “LOVE” – We are seeing a sign trend with the word love and anything to go with it.

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Photographer: Ashley Gerrity Photography


We are loving anything peach & plum. Cool with rich tones make a great sophisticated blend.


Above collage of Images- Style Me Pretty (Katherine Salvatori Photography), Very Merry Events (Caroline Winata of  Milou + Olin Photography), 100 Layer Cake (Olivia Leigh Photography), Style Me Pretty (Melissa Kruse Photography), Style Me Pretty (Mr. Haack Photography), Style me Pretty (The Nichols Photography), 100 Layer Cake (3) Alixann Lossle Photography)


Lush Harvest Styled Photoshoot

Check out the lush styled shoot we designed and  Ashley Gerrity Photography captured so perfectly! More images available on Every Last Detail!

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Vendors who made it all happen…

Floral & Event Design: Leigh Florist / Photographer: Ashley Gerrity Photography / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Charmed Affairs LLC – Maggie Schwanda / Invitations & Stationery: Little Pearl Designs / Produce & Flowers: Muth Farms CSA  / Cake Baker: Couture Confections / Cider & Donut Bar: Springdale Farms – Cherry Hill NJ / Cookies: With Love, Melissa  / Hair & Makeup: Elyse & Staci with Aleksandra Ambrozy / Bridal Salon: Jay West Bridal