Friday, July 31, 2020

A Colorful End of Summer Table For DoSayGive

Do y’all ever see something and think, “I wish I thought of that?” I know I can’t be alone when I see or hear a good idea and wish it were my own. That’s how I felt when someone from Lee of Do Say Give's team reached out to me about helping with their teen etiquette course. With summer camps canceled and kids looking for activities, I instantly had one of those moments where I wish I had come up with the concept. I certainly wouldn’t have executed it quite as flawlessly as Lee and her team but was beyond flattered when they asked if I would create a video all about correctly setting the table. 


Teenage me would’ve looked at that email with an eye roll since setting the table used to feel like such a chore. Now, especially given my job, it’s one of my favorite ways to express creativity while helping people feel welcome and comfortable when we are gathered together. For work, there are usually specific parameters I need to follow for the tablescapes I create that are run in the issues of our magazine, but for this one, the goal was to make it fun for the girls signed up for the course. 


It didn’t take long for me to look online at some of my favorite sites to find pieces that felt fun to use in the video. Pomegranate has been a long time favorite of mine (you can see one of their tablecloths I used at a Derby here), and I knew the bright colors would feel summery and fresh. I was immediately drawn to their Emma print with its block design and mix of pinks, greens, and blues. Since I knew I was going to be using plain white plates, I got the matching napkin set as well to place on top of the plate. To fill a bit more space, woven placemats and flower napkin rings seemed good for summer without feeling fussy. I got those from Freshly Set, a new tabletop rental site that is essentially Rent the Runway for any dinner party you’re hosting. I’m excited to share another tablescape that I partnered with them on in a couple of weeks because this is another one of those concepts I wish I had come up with myself. Lastly, I “accessorized” the table with flowers in mason jars covered with Lucy Grymes vase wraps on top of Shop Surcie coasters with colorful acrylic tumblers from there on our buffet area. 


While the video will remain exclusive for the girls that signed up, I’m excited to share some of the photos I took of the completed table. I’ve included links to the items shown for y’all in case you’re feeling inspired to dress up your table in the near future. Since I know most of us aren’t hosting big events, going slightly fancier with your plates and napkins for dinner one night would be a fun way to switch up any monotony in your routine! 




If you're not already following along with Lee go ahead and check out her site here. Do Say Give encompasses exactly what the name implies and is a wonderful resource no matter your age! And if you're looking to shop anything featured the links can be found below. Happy Friday! 

my dress: Crosby by Mollie Burch (last year but currently on sale on their site)


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