I was lucky enough to be asked by the North Mecklenburg Women’s Club to decorate a table for the ‘Over the Tabletop’ event at the Peninsula Country Club. I was so excited to be able to participate.  I deliberated over my theme for quite a while, finally choosing to design ‘A Bridal Luncheon for a Southern Belle.’  I knew two things:
1. I wanted to incorporate my monograms (I have been dying to see someone use them on the backs of chairs as bridal party gifts.)
2. I have been so into black and white stripes with gold accents. I kept coming back to that design scheme.
And so, my vision was born.
First, I chose my place settings, going with gold chargers and white plates. I cut black and white polka dot cardstock to put on the plate, adding a touch of pattern and whimsy.  I knew I wanted my silverware to be gold. No one was actually eating at this table (it was simply a design project) so I chose the most economical route: Krylon’s 18 kt Gold Spray paint and some old silverware. Voila-gold forks.
Next, I created napkins out of pink fabric that I folded into the shape of a bow.  The napkin was centered on the plate, with a golden fork and a twig of Leyland Cypress that I spray painted gold.
For place mats, I wanted some shimmer and could not find anything perfect. I knew I would have to make it. I wound up going to the Dollar Store and finding plastic placemats that I took home and painted gold. I then gave them a dusting of fine golden glitter.  I loved how they turned out. I wouldn’t normally choose glitter, but the lighting and the occasion made it a perfect choice.
Finally, I decided I needed a black and white striped table runner. The table needed a graphic punch that only stripes could provide. And of course, I could not find one. At 8:00 the evening before, I decided it was time to improvise. I bought some black fabric. My assistant Megan and I folded and hot glued the fabric to make a ‘runner.’ We then marked off stripes to paint. A little Annie Sloan in Pure White and we were in business. This added the perfect contrast to the girly, sparky elements.
Each place setting got a ‘monogram’ place card.  To get it to stand up, I propped a small, gold glitter monogram against a votive candle I wrapped in hot pink raw silk. Finally, each chair was wrapped with a swag of pink fabric and a gold (size medium) monogram graced the back of each chair.
I always imagined a bridal luncheon styled in this manner, and I finally got to create it.

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I also was able to set a table up to sell my products.  I love to do that, because I enjoy actually being able to talk to my customers.  That is definitely one part of running an online business that I really do miss.

(Everything seen here can be found on southernnest.com.)
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