– For a fun alternative to place cards, shape the first initial of each guest’s name in a sturdy but pliable wire; then use a thinner one to secure greenery, flowers and berries. “There’s no wrong way to do it,” says Emily Starr Alfano of Natick’s mStarr Event Design. “It’s a nice personalization for everybody and adds something to the place setting.”
– Aim for balance. Bright plates and vessels offset dark candles; draped napkins soften an industrial space.
– Get creative with household items. Starr Alfano used a cutting board to give the centerpiece a boost. Different shades of purple add depth to the floral arrangements. Not an artful arranger? Starr Alfano suggests filling a few bowls with berries for easy and colorful centerpieces.
– “I need whimsy in everything I do,” says Starr Alfano, pointing out the two differently colored goblets, which don’t quite match but are still similar, adding to the playful vibe.
– A tablescape can have a lot of elements without feeling cluttered. Play around until you find the right mix; remember to keep place settings compact so guests have enough elbow room during the meal.
Styling: mStarr Event Design, mstarreventdesign.com; Floral Design: Wild Folk Studio, wildfolkstudio.com; Tabletop Rentals: Borrowed Blu, borrowedblu.com; Table + Chairs: Rentals Unlimited, rentals-unlimited.net; Venue: Warehouse XI, wxi.space