I was recently asked to participate in an event put on by Nashville Lifestyles Magazine called “Food, Wine, and Design.” In the past, interior designers have been asked to create a beautiful tablescape for a 4 course dinner with wine pairings at Mason’s in the Lowe’s Vanderbilt Hotel to be showcased to ticket purchasers. However, this year, Nashville fashion bloggers were invited to put together a spring outfit and design a tablescape based on the outfit.
…Except I didn’t even know what the word tablescape meant until like… a year ago…
I had JUST watched the movie “Silver Linings Playbook” and in the movie, a mentally unstable Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper prepare a dance for a professional ballroom dance competition. (I once did something similar…) They show up to the dance competition and their dance is SO CLEARLY amatuer next to all of the professionals – down to Jennifer Lawrence’s cheap looking slightly see through white dance outfit reminiscent of something J. Lo would have worn in 2001. (Watch the epic scene here) I was instantly terrified that my tablescape would be the Silver Linings Playbook version next to everyone else’s. Ha!
I learned a lot from completing the project and I thought I would share my outfit inspiration, tablescape, some photos from the event, as well as some tips for putting your own beautiful tablescape together.
1. Come up with a theme – I happened to be having coffee with one of my dear friends and favorite photographers, Cameron Powell a couple weeks before and he suggested I pay homage to my Wyoming roots by doing a Western/Ralph Lauren motif. I absolutely loved the idea and he shot some awesome photos for me to use! Out of all the shoots we’ve done. this might be my favorite! Huge thanks to Stacey Rhodes Boutique for styling me in some beautiful theme appropriate clothes to wear for the shoot!
2. Choose a statement piece to work around – For me, this piece was the $20 Navajo blanket I found on eBay! I had actually bought it for another shoot and have ended up using this thing in so many capacities since. I did a pretty literal interpretation wearing it in the shoot and then also using it on the table… haha My table, my rules!
3. Choose appropriate accents – I reached out to some of my most creative friends, Steven Fields and Brittney Forrister who helped me brainstorm some cool ideas for accents like cactus and leather to go along with my theme and statement piece. (Still nursing some cactus injuries…) Let it be known that my table would have looked like a pile of rubble if not for these two. Brittney not only helped me brainstorm ideas, but loaned me several of her personal pieces like chargers, silver, candlesticks, napkins, etc. Steven pretty much styled the entire table in the middle of moving and also loaned me the large candelabra in the middle of the table, votives, etc. while saying things like, “Reel it in girl! You’re not sticking to the theme!”
4. Finishing Touches – It can be hard to know exactly how the tablescape is going to come together until you actually start arranging items the night of your event. Having something like a custom menu (thanks so much to Printer’s Press for my menus – I loved them!) adds to the theme and shows that you went the extra mile for the event. Have a few extra items on hand that you can add if it needs extra pizazz (for me this was rope and extra votives – candles add SO much!), but also be open to taking some things off the table if it looks like too much.
5. Don’t be afraid to ask for help – Again, let me reiterate how intimidating this project was to me. As much as I love all things aesthetic related to fashion and beauty, somehow that doesn’t translate into being good with decor and interiors. At all. (But I’m trying!!) Reach out to people who’s taste and style you admire and ask for ideas. I ended up being so pleased with the final result and now that I have this event under my belt, I don’t feel as intimidated about entertaining! Cheers to future dinner parties!
Celebrating the culmination of all that work with friends was such a blast! I had never dined at Mason’s and the food and wine pairings were perfection, I’ll be buying a ticket to the next event! It was also fun to see what the other bloggers came up with – there were so many different beautiful designs and the crowd, cuisine, wine parings, etc. made this event one of my very favorites ever!