Over the weekend, while shopping at the grocery store I noticed a display of pre-made summer flower bouquets. Typically I don't like to purchase pre-made bouquets, because they often look busy, include too many filler flowers and are more expensive than single variety bouquets. However this summer bouquet seemed charming, so I decided to buy it for my table centerpiece this week…big mistake.
When I got the bouquet home, I un-wrapped the packaging, trimmed the ends and placed the bouquet in a vase…it looked like a dog's breakfast! I felt totally duped! These flowers looked absolutely charming when packaged up at the store, but that charm immediately vanished as soon as I transferred the flowers to a vase. In an effort to try and salvage the bouquet, I disassembled the entire bouquet, trimmed and re-arranged the flowers. The result was an improved centerpiece that inspired me to create a tablescape using a color palette based off of my flower bouquet. Thankfully, the tablescape ended up enhancing the aesthetic of the centerpiece and I was relieved to know that flowers weren't a total disaster.
For this tablescape:
- Tablecloth: Ballard Designs Essential Tablecloth
- Placemats: Chilewich Gold Dahlia Placemats
- Chargers: World Market Rattan Chargers, Set of 4
- Water Goblet: Villeroy & Boch Boston Goblet, Green
- Votives: CB2 Gami Rose Gold Candle Holders
- Napkins: Chilewich Solid Linen Napkin, Freesia Pink
- Salt and Pepper Cellars: Sur La Table Blanc Lions Head Bowls
- Wine Glasses: World Market Event All Purpose Wine Glasses, Set of 4
- Wine Coaster: William Yeoward Georgia Bottle Stand
- Wine: La Crema Pinot Noir
The mix of pinks, greens, golds and rattan created a beautiful setting for this casual summer dinner. While the tablescape seemed to salvage the dog's breakfast floral centerpiece, I have certainly learned my lesson. I will heed my own advice (*see this post on Tips for Flower Care and Arranging) and refrain from buying pre-made floral bouquets in the future. So while I may have initially purchased a less than ideal bouquet of flowers, a little rearranging and a beautiful tablescape have transformed this former lemon into pretty palatable lemonade.