Tabletop Tips

Sometimes your inspiration starts with just a sprinkle of an idea, or some beautiful linens, or heirloom china. Sometimes it’s the season or the special occasion. And for me, more times then not it starts with the flowers… in this case tulips! My tulips are so bright, fresh and colorful you can almost hear them say “look at me”, so I kept everything else neutral and organic.

Burlap Table Runner with Tulip Arrangement Centerpiece

Using a burlap table runner instead of a full tablecloth keeps most of the warm wood of the farm table exposed, adding to the rustic feel.

Mix & Match

I have so many pieces that I have collected over the years, and I use them all of the time in different ways. Green Depression glass has just the right amount of color—it’s there but in a soft, gentle way.

Green Depression Glass

Save the Scraps

Small scraps of burlap from a previous project provided just the right touch, cradling the crisp white cotton napkin.

Wired Ribbon Napkin Ring with Burlap and Tulip

Wired ribbon is so easy to use. Just a small piece is all that’s needed to “tie it all together” for each place setting.

Burlap and Tulip Napkin Holder
Author

Julie started her career in the floral industry over 30 years ago in a small, family-owned flower shop. From floral designer to author and lifestyle expert, her insight has been instrumental in developing the 1-800-Flowers.com brand. Representing the company’s floral lifestyle vision, Julie has shared her talent and passion in numerous television appearances and national magazine features. She is an active fundraiser and longtime friend of IGHL, a group dedicated to facilitating a more independent life for developmentally challenged adults.

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