Spring Table Styling Workshop
07 April 2019
With Easter weekend just around the corner, this time of year sees a lot of families coming together around the dining table for a yummy, cosy Sunday lunch with all the trimmings. At Mad Lilies we are passionate that a well laid table is a MUST and adds an extra special touch to the dining experience. So, here comes a whistle stop tour of our most recent Table Styling workshop, to help you create a beautiful table of your own!
Luckily we had the amazing Juliet of Juliet Lemon Photography documenting the evening, so you can see images of the final set up.
Our workshop was set in the Aladdin’s Cave of Louisa Grace Interiors in Banstead. With their 3 show barns packed with twinkling chandeliers, vintage French armoires, Dutch leather, Victorian greenhouses, fairground art and so many other curiosities, it’s hard not to feel inspired as soon as you walk in!
After a mug of our Mad Lilies famous Hot Port, we set about sharing our tips and techniques of how to create a fabulous table with our students. For us Table styling is all about the layering of accessories and it is essential you start with a gorgeous base as this is where all the other elements to your table draw from. As well as a demonstration, everyone played a part in the creation of the overall look of the table, as our workshops are all about being as ‘hands on’ as possible.
So let us begin....
ONE: Run it. To create our base and a runner for the table we picked out rolls of wrapping paper from ‘Rifle Paper Co.’, part of our ‘Mad Lilies at Home’ range. Our chosen design boasted a gorgeously zesty floral print which created the colour palette for our accessories and flowers; Canary-yellow, Mango-peach, lime, fuchsia pink and Lemon sorbet tones.
TWO: Plant it up. Time to introduce some contrasting textures and this time round we went for the soft grey shades of Succulent plants in rustic terracotta pots. We added some lush green carpet moss to the top of the succulent pots, grouping them to create a natural formation to run on top of the wrapping paper runner. These also make IDEAL gifts to give to your guests on departure; a memento of a wonderful lunch or dinner party! If you’d rather keep them all for yourselves (and who would blame you) these bad boys are fantastic house plants, requiring very little tending to and are happy in almost every corner of the home. We always keep a wide selection of plants in stock at our Banstead store from succulents to ferns to bulbs constantly changing as we move through each season
THREE: Bring on the bottles. Glass bottles, we mean! Small, decorative bud vases and bottles in blue, green and blush amber shades oozing with a selection of fresh flowers stems. Always keeping texture in mind, we cut our stems at staggering heights and used blooms of different sizes and shapes. We went for fully blown Icelandic Poppies in peach and Satsuma-orange, bushy yellow and sweetly-scented Mimosa, coral ‘Miss Piggy’ Roses, lemon yellow Tulips and whimsical green Ammi. These were staggered up and down the length of the runner, keeping the look really natural to bring the outdoors, indoors.
FOUR: Light it up. No dining table would be complete without candlelight. It creates ambiance, flair, sophistication… We could go on. And at Mad Lilies we have the most beautiful Grand Illusions taper candles in a host of stunning colours. For this table styling we opted for olive green, chalky blue and dusky pink colours which we stood in our hammered gold candle holders by Nukuku. The whole bundle of waxy beautifulness is available to buy from our Mad Lilies At Home range available to pick up instore and launching online later this month.
FIVE: The finishing touches. We nipped down the high street to pay a visit to our friends at the Art of Living who kindly provided us with the tableware. We used their gorgeous marine blue Le Creuset dinner plates, side plates and bowls; drawing out the chalky blues from our table runner and candles. We then added heavy LSA water glasses (recommended by Emma at Art Of Living – A great shout!), Spiegelau Authentis Bordeaux wine glasses and Grunwerg Windsor stainless steel cutlery. If you want to purchase any of these gorgeous items, give them a visit in store or online www.aolcookshop.co.uk
To complete the look we then dressed the bowls with folded dusky-pink napkins (kindly lent to us by Caroline at 91 Magazine – thank you!), tied with our ‘Mad Lilies At Home’ range of ‘Dancing Neon’ apricot shaded Grosgrain ribbon, a sprig of fresh flower and last, but not least, a name tag. This makes a nice little welcome for your guests and will get all the ‘oohs and ahhs’ you could wish for when they take their seat at your now full dressed, and absolutely stunning table!
All that’s left to do is to light the candles, pour a glass of wine and sit down to a cosy spring feast....and that’s all there is to it!
If our Table Styling workshop sounds like it’s up your street, just head on over to our Workshop section of our website here where you can see our up and coming events and book yourself a place! Head to our Instagram page to see more images of the final set up!
Happy table styling! x