Create a Tablescape for Your Gathering

You may have heard people talking about tablescaping and wondered what they meant. Or maybe you already use charger plates and other tablescaping elements for special gatherings. If you're looking for new ideas to elevate your social gatherings, check out these resources from the library!

What Is a Tablescape?

A tablescape takes a regular, nicely set table and makes it even better by incorporating different heights, textures, layers, flowers, greenery and colorful objects that fit your chosen theme for the meal. The goal is to tie everything together, from the tablecloth to the candles, and create a unified, visually appealing experience.

Gather Your Supplies

Before you start investing in new plates, candles, centerpieces and more, take stock of what is already in your home. You might be surprised to find you have everything you need! Here are some things to look for:

  • Fresh fruit
  • Unique vases, bowls, plates or other dishes
  • Candles 
  • Antique books 
  • Fabric remnants
  • Napkin rings
  • Placemats
  • Pine cones, flowers or greenery from your garden

These are just a few of the items you can use to create your tablescape. The more eclectic your elements, the more fun you can have tying them together with your theme.

How-to Videos From Creative Bug

Creative Bug, opens a new window is a crafting platform you can access for free with your library card. Watch videos to get ideas or learn new techniques. Some good options include the "Chromatic Tablescape", opens a new window video or "Paper Flowers: Make a Wild Rose and Thistle Centerpiece.", opens a new window Another video that might help if you want to decorate your table with a party favor is the "Cricut Crafts: Gemstone Favor Boxes", opens a new window video.

Don't worry if you don't have a Cricut at home! You can make an appointment to use the Cricut, opens a new window in the Castlewood Makerspace


Books to Inspire You

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Now that you've gathered supplies and found your inspiration, you're ready to create the social event of your dreams. Have fun getting creative!