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.

DIY Wedding Projects Day #1: Vase Table Marker

Offray Wedding Vase 2

Make your own table markers for your wedding day or another special event.

This DIY table marker features a pretty butterfly theme that is perfect for a

Spring or Summer wedding.

Butterfly 2255  Wedding Table Marker Vase

Supplies Needed:

Wedding Vase Instructions:

  1. Measure the distance around the top of your jar. Cut and remove the wire from the Natural Jute Cord.
  2. Apply a little bit of glue on each end of the Jute Cord to prevent fraying.
  3. Glue cord around top of the jar. Glue on gem to cover seam.
  4. Thread two Blingella Beads onto a length of Quasar ribbon. Tie ribbon around neck of the jar with a knot. Trim and knot ends of Quasar ribbon to hold the beads in place. A little bit of glue on the ends of each knot will add extra security.
  5. Tie Gazette Ribbon around the center of the vase with a knot. Add a small amount of glue underneath the knot to hold the ribbon in place.
  6. Glue small gem onto knot.
  7. Print a computer generated table number or greeting onto cream card-stock.
  8. Trim and cut card stock. Cut the end with a “v” to create the banner. Leave enough card-stock on the left side of the banner so that it can be folded around the Deco Ice stick pin.
  9. Attach banner around the Deco Ice stick pin and insert into the Gazette Ribbon knot.
  10. Fill vase with flowers and add the Fabrique Butterfly.

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Sue’s Creative Workshop’s Wedding Week

Wedding Picture Collage

June Brides, Weddings, Love is in the Air…

Time for some DIY Wedding Projects.

Last fall, I was given the opportunity to create five Wedding projects for Offray Ribbon.

I had so much fun working on this project with them.

They allowed me to choose anything I wanted to work with.

So many beautiful ribbons and embellishments.

Last week, I received permission that I could share them with you on my blog.

So… for the next five days, I will feature a DIY Wedding project complete with instructions

and pictures.

Enjoy and Share!

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Creating a Keepsake Memory Box with Decorative Trimmings

Sue Eldred's Keepsake Memory Box

I recently got a beautiful assortment of ribbons and trims from Decorative Trimmings to use

on a special project.  It was hard choosing which trims I wanted to use, because their selection

is wonderful.  I decided to Create a Keepsake Memory Box.

You know… for all those special little things that you want to keep and remember forever.

A perfect little box to fill with small gifts for Weddings, Mother’s Day, Bridal or Baby Showers.

Or maybe old love letters from your husband.   (Hmmm… I’d need a bigger box.)

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For my Keepsake Memory Box and Tag I used three of the trims.

  1. Paint a large paper mache box with white acrylic paint.
  2. Cover it with scrapbook paper.   (I purchased mine from Michael’s.)
  3. Glue the Decorative Trimmings using Beacon Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive* (affiliate link)
  4. Stamped greeting is from Serendipity Stamps.

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Today’s post is part of a blog hop hosted by Decorative Trimmings.

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