Organic Modern Tablescape Tutorial
I have had people across the country and around the world ask me how to recreate this simple organic (but still modern) tablescape design for their events. The design is easy and looks beautiful for a head table at a wedding or for a dinner party. I created this table for an autumn soiree, but it would look great during any season. You can easily customize the flowers and the detailing on the table runner and get a completely different design, as well! Phalaenopsis orchids work well because they are a large but light flower for a thin branch. These orchids can easily be found in shades of pink and hold up well without water so the design can be created a day in advance. Interested in learning how to put the look together? Read on!
Images by Kristina Lynn Photography
- 5 yards light burlap
- 2 spools of teal blue thread
- teal yarn
- 3 white Salong vases (available here from Ikea)
- 4 white Persika vases (available here from Ikea)
- 5 assorted Numi glass candlestick holders and taper candles (available here from CB2)
- 12 glass votives
- 2 full stems of large white Phalaenopsis orchids
- 4 bunches of Craspedia or Billy Balls (20 to a bunch)
- defoliated and dried birch branch tips
- tube of Oasis floral glue
The runner is 15 feet long by 23 inches wide. To create the runner, I folded an inch of the burlap under and used a large condensed zigzag top stitch to create a rich strip of color. It’s important to go slowly as the burlap is thick and likes to bunch.
To recreate the look of the Salong Vases, use dry birch branch tips. They are easy to find and have a nice dark bark for contrast. You could, however, use any branch tips if there’s another type you’d prefer. Try to find some that have a curve so you can create a softer silhouette to the structures in the 3 larger Salong vases. Glue 5 or 6 of the orchids to the branches and position them so they can “sit” as naturally as possible on a branch. To recreate the look of the Persika vases, use one bunch (approximately 20) Craspedia to a vase and arrange them loosely, creating a structure with 4 or 5 strong stems and building of that. Alternate the types of vases on the table starting with a Persika vase with Craspedia, and then follow with the candlestick holders with taper candles. Place the couple tallest candlestick holders towards the center of the table. Place the votives randomly.
If you wish, you can reserve a few Craspedia for a napkin treatment. These also dry well and can be reused later for another craft project or decor!