Simple DIY’s for Setting a Pretty Table

Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

Setting a Pretty Table for a Special Occasion with Simple DIYs

Whether for a casual dinner party, wedding, or intimate dinner for two,

a beautiful table can set the mood.

For this dinner, I’m setting it up outside.  I love eating Al Fresco whenever possible.

It lends an air of casualness that promotes better conversations.

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Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

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Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

Let me start by saying, first and foremost, I am not a seamstress.

Which makes all of the following projects “sew simple”!

To create the Table Runner:

  • Start with a 2-yard piece of Rugby Tan Satin.  Cut the satin into two 22″ x 46″ pieces.  Sew the two ends together to create one long piece of satin.  
  • For simplicity, I folded, pinned, and ironed 1″ around the whole piece of fabric.
  • Tuck and refold the 1″ seam in half, pin in place.  Sew each side, leaving a 1/2″ seam.
  • Iron the seams.  
  • Sew a strip of lace trim on each end of the table runner.  My table runner is 20″ x 90″.

Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

  • I created 14″ napkins using the same technique as the table runner.  The lace is only on two sides of the napkin.

Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

There are several different ways to fold a napkin.  One of the easiest ways is the accordion napkin fold.

  • Begin with a pressed napkin.
  • Lay the napkin flat. Accordion-fold the napkin by folding the bottom edge 1″ to 1 1/2″. Continue folding the entire length of the napkin. Make sure to leave the lace showing on each end.
  • Fold the pleated napkin in half.
  • Wrap a small strip of 1½” satin ribbon around the middle of the folded napkin, overlapping and securing the ends with a glue dot.  
  • Wrap a small strip of satin rhinestone around the 1½ satin ribbon and securing the ends with a glue dot.  
  • Set onto the center of the plate and flare out the folds.
  • For a special touch, place a small flower in the center of the napkin ring.

Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

To make the Bow:

  • Cut two 24″ pieces of 1½” satin ribbon. 
  • Cut one 6″ piece of 3/8″ ribbon.
  • Fold the ribbon pieces into two loops crisscrossed with the tails on each end.  
  • Lay ribbon bows together with the second one askew. 
  • Tie the bows together with the shorter piece of ribbon.
  • Trim the ends of the ribbon tails with a notch cut.

Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

  • Cut a 2″ strip of satin rhinestone trim.  
  • Wrap around the center of the bow and attach in the back using a glue dot.

Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

  • You will need two ribbon bows, one for each end of the table.

Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

  • Pin the bows onto each end of the table.

Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

No “pretty table” would be complete without flowers.  

For a casual simple look, use a variety of large vases and vintage jars

to add flowers to your table. 

A simple ribbon tied around the neck is all you need.

Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

A Simple Vase of Daisies.

As Meg Ryan said in the movie, You’ve Got Mail…

“Don’t you think daisies are the friendliest flowers?”

To dress up a clear glass cylinder vase, wrap a strip of rhinestone trim around

the top of the vase and secure it with a glue dot.  (such a simple trick)

Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

To Dress the Table:

  • I used the Aqua Voile to create a simple tablecloth. I sewed two ends together to make a 36″ X 90″ tablecloth. Because the fabric is light and airy, I carefully cut the fabric and did not sew any seams around the cloth. It is subtle enough to add a bit of detail without overwhelming the table.
  • Place the table runner centered on the table.
  • Place a natural woven placemat under the plates for a more casual look.
  • I used vintage pink wine glasses for the drinks and two different vintage plates.   I like to mix old with new to create a fun and inviting vibe.
  • Add napkins to the plates and flowers on the table to finish the look.

Simple DIY's for Setting a Pretty Table

Thoughtful touches and simple DIYs make this table perfect for any special occasion.

9 thoughts on “Simple DIY’s for Setting a Pretty Table

  1. Nancy Wright says:

    Lovely!

    On Wed, Oct 6, 2021 at 10:33 AM Sue’s Creative Workshop wrote:

    > seldred2 posted: ” Setting a Pretty Table for a Special Occasion with > Simple DIYs Whether for a casual dinner party, wedding, or intimate dinner > for two, a beautiful table can set the mood. For this dinner, I’m setting > it up outside. I love eating Al Fresco whenever possi” >

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