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Winter is not my favorite. As soon as Christmas is over, I like to head right into Spring. I wanted to share a spring-inspired tablescape that would also be perfect for Valentine’s Day, a bridal shower, sweet sixteen or ladies’ lunch. My good friend and I designed this Printemps à Paris – Spring in Paris tablescape for a Women’s Ministry Festival of Tables several years ago.
What is a Festival of Tables?
The festivals I have been involved with were with ladies church groups but I have seen them hosted by several different types of groups. Basically, you sign up for a table and they provide the table and chairs (hence the less than gorgeous metal folding chairs), a base linen (usually white or black), silverware, and you do the rest in accordance with the theme of the event (some don’t have themes and you can do whatever you like.) The meal is usually catered and served on clear glass plates that go over whatever dinnerware you have on your table. There is usually a program of sorts and it’s basically just a fun evening for women to express their creativity and invite newcomers.
We were all about layering when it came to the table covering. Starting with the black, we added a pink square overlay and bunched a piece of lovely Paris print fabric in the middle among the various decor items. The printed fabric was just cut from the bolt and not even hemmed as I knew I would find another use for it. In fact, it later became the topper and the window valance for my daughters’ pink and black bathroom. I am all about recycling and repurposing.
The napkins were custom-made – meaning I talked my mom into hemming some fabric squares for me. It’s amazing how many opportunities I have had to use these since then either as napkins, basket liners or grouped together as a runner.
Each place setting consisted of a black charger (very versatile), my Mikasa Italian Countryside plates (one of the most versatile patterns on amazingly durable dinnerware), and then a little shaped notebook from the Target Dollar Spot with a tulle bow. The tea glasses were simple but shapely. Pretty pink paper party dresses – each with a different ribbon and pearl adornment served as place cards.
The folding metal chairs were our only option so we dressed them up in pink and black tulle bows and an Eiffel Tower print covered in large silver glitter.
Creative Centerpiece Collage
Instead of opting for a single large centerpiece that would likely be expensive, we chose to showcase a curated collection of items representing Spring in Paris – the majority of which we already had
As to no block the view and impede conversation, we used a black wire dress form dress with a pink rose, a black wire Eiffel Tower draped with pearls (this lives in the girls’ bathroom with the aforementioned tablecloth – shower curtain) and a black wire purse with a dainty pair of white gloves, a corsage and a pearl bracelet peeking out. The Eiffel Tower was perched upon a simple cardboard box draped with fabric to give it height.
Adding the glass candle holder from my living room on top of a pedestal from my wedding (way back in 1999) and filling it with a simple white candle and rose petals gave it some height but didn’t compete with the taller wire pieces.
The other pink roses (a silk bunch from Dollar Tree) were added to a ceramic toothbrush holder with an iconic bee motif.
Finishing out the table were a stack of books on Paris, a Spring in Paris framed postcard and little glass dishes of chocolates in pastel wrappers (not from Paris, but from Hersey).
Create your own Spring in Paris Tablescape
Here are a few suggestions in case you would like to create a similar table:
Or see the whole list here.
Was the Spring in Paris tablescape a little over the top? Probably. Was it fun to do and even more fun to share? Most definitely!
I will post other Festival of Tables ideas in the future, but would love to know if you have ever participated in one. If so, send your photos to me and I will be happy to showcase them.
Stay humble, work hard, be kind.
P.S. For more great tablscape ideas, check out this board.