Did you know that almost all of the products that are offered by Hampton Paper Designs were inspired by my desire to entertain and give gorgeous gifts effortlessly without compromising style?
When I founded Hampton Paper over ten years ago, I, like many of you, was a busy mother of two, working full time and still wanted to be able to look like I had it all together, throwing Instagram and Pinterest worthy parties, even if some days things were falling apart at the seams. This is not because I wanted to impress a bunch of random strangers but because the people I was hosting at my house were special and important to me. And, more than anything, I wanted to convey that to them. I have written in numerous posts, the key to a great party is the people. So, behind every party I plan, I think about what I can do the make the event memorable and make every single person that comes to my house feel special.
And what I love most about Hampton Paper is the products provide the ability to create a Pinterest worthy environment with minimal effort.
So, with that in mind, I wanted to share my top three tips for a beautiful tablescape. These tips are so simple, but trust me when I tell you that the results are sure to impress your guests, make them feel welcome and special but not occupy too much time in your already hectic schedule or break the bank.
#1 Fresh flowers
Fresh flowers are a must, but they don’t have to be expensive or be an arrangement from a florist. Rule # 1, no carnations. Ever. Vow, you will never use carnations! My top recommendation is to use a rose bowl like the one in the photo above. The vase shown in the photo is a crystal one from Tiffany, but you can use any rose bowl, including a clear glass one from Michael’s. I like a rose bowl for two reasons:
1. it is low so that it can stay on the table, and people can converse without it getting in their way and
2. even if you are not a professional florist, you can make an arrangement look good. I like Hydrangeas because they are always classy and you get a lot of flowers for your buck. Typically they are 3 for $12.00, you can fill up almost the entire vase, and it isn’t difficult to arrange them bc they just simply take up space. I like to add roses or tulips or something else that adds texture and color.
#2 Place Cards
Dale Carnegie said, “A person’s name is to that person, the sweetest, most important sound in any language.” The good news is adding place cards will is super easy and will be sure to make everyone feel welcome. You don’t have to have them professionally printed. For family events, I have my kids write the names of the guests in their point of view to make the table appear more intimate and welcoming. I also love putting some confetti on the table too. The colorful ones are from The Paper Source, but there are similar options at Michael’s and tons of fun ideas on Etsy.
#3 A Conversation Piece
A fun surprise is the best part of the table. I like to think of it as a conversation piece, and this is what helps makes the event memorable. The best part is you can be really creative here. For thanksgiving, I like our “Thankful Cards,” but you can also do gratitude cards, the best memory of the year, a resolution card or top goal for next year – really anything you want to state to start a fun conversation. Maybe you choose one thing, or everyone gets a different one.
Another I idea I like was for Christmas one year, the place cards were boxes and a gift tag, and each box contained a gift card that corresponded with the recipient’s interest. For example, my sister got a Starbuck’s gift card, and my kids got iTunes.
Also, our Valentine’s Day Love Notes are a great addition to the table and will help everyone connect. And, after all isn’t that what entertaining is all about?
If you want to create your own, please contact me, and we can work together to create something unique. You can select the image and unique wording, and I will do the rest!
So, plan ahead of your next party. Take out your good china, use cloth napkins, and go big. Setting a pretty table is also a fun weekend activity for kids. They can set the table, make the confetti, and place cards.