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GREEN & PURPLE FALL TABLESCAPE

October 18, 2015

Entertaining

Purple and green fall table setting on @thouswellblog

Now that you’ve seen what we cooked on the grill and learned how to create a floral centerpiece, here’s the finishing touch for our elegant fall cookout – the tablescape! Just like the gorgeous urn I used, these beautiful handmade plates are from Fortunata. I chose to layer white and gray, to match the tablecloth and let the flowers and napkins bring all the color to the table. The wide-striped tablecloth brings a neutral graphic to the table to highlight the organic shape of the plates, and I’m enamored with the metallic touch the copper flatware and bud vase add to the setting – it pulls in the warm colors of fallen leaves without taking the red and orange route.

Purple and green fall table setting on @thouswellblog
Purple and green fall table setting on @thouswellblog
Purple and green fall table setting on @thouswellblog
Purple and green fall table setting on @thouswellblog
Purple and green fall table setting on @thouswellblog

No matter the occasion, it’s always memorable to create a special table to set the tone whenever you gather with friends or family. Although it may not be a huge flower arrangement as the centerpiece, each personal touch comes together to create a landscape for conversation and good cheer. Never be afraid to experiment and just have fun with it!

SHOP THE TABLE

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CREATING A FALL FLORAL CENTERPIECE

October 16, 2015

Entertaining

Create a fall floral centerpiece with Fortunata Inc. artichoke footed bowl
Purple and green fall flowers

Yesterday I shared the yummy and simple grilled menu for an elegant fall cookout, and today I’m sharing how to make a show-stopping floral centerpiece for the table. Yeah, it’s a crazy big arrangement, but it adds so much life and color to the table! Plus, it’s really not too hard to put together once you know some simple tips. Follow these steps for putting this fall floral centerpiece together:
1. Plan ahead and make sure your oasis is well-soaked so your flowers can stay fresh longer. Oasis makes assembling the flowers very easy and the arrangement stable.
2. Use the classic rule of thirds (1/3 for container, 2/3 for flowers) for a visually balanced arrangement.
3. When you start placing the flowers, just follow the pattern that we used in the photos below: anchor stems, large blossoms, fill-in flowers.
4. Think about creating a dome shape with your arrangement by inserting the stems in the oasis at gradually increasing angles like in the shape of a fan.

Create a fall floral centerpiece with Fortunata Inc. artichoke footed bowl
Create a fall floral centerpiece with Fortunata Inc. artichoke footed bowl
Purple and green fall flowers
Create a fall floral centerpiece with Fortunata Inc. artichoke footed bowl

One important consideration is the vessel, of course. Here I used a gorgeous handmade piece from Fortunata, a ceramics company in Atlanta which I’ve recently fallen in love with. All of their collections are designed in direct collaboration with artisans in Italy. Margaret Proctor, the founder of Fortunata, has a passion for their work that is infectious! It’s incredible to hear how closely they are to the traditional Italian artists hand-making each piece. I am completely smitten by this artichoke footed bowl and thought it was stunning as the centerpiece of my table, with grey and white plates – but you’ll see more of the table settings tomorrow!

Create a fall floral centerpiece with Fortunata Inc. artichoke footed bowl
Create a fall floral centerpiece with Fortunata Inc. artichoke footed bowl
Create a fall floral centerpiece with Fortunata Inc. artichoke footed bowl

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