Tabletop Tuesday – Aqua and Red Birdies

Aqua and red

On Tabletop Tuesday, I’ll break down a pretty tablescape or placesetting into individual parts with sources and directions to easily recreate the look. This week’s tabletop is from the very deep well of inspiration called Martha Stewart. It’s an unconventional color combination, modern, but also feminine. The bird details make the modern color scheme more approachable and home-spun. This look would be great for a bridal shower luncheon or a lovely lady’s special birthday dinner. So, let’s see how to put it together!

Aqua and Red Table

Sources: 1 – Regent Plate , 2 -Milk Glass Vase, 3 – Herman the Cardinal, 4 – Florentine Bird Paper, 5 – Red Carnations en masse, 6 – Aqua Napkins, 7 – Aqua Glass Hen Salt Cellar

The inspiration table starts with a paper runner on a white table. Lay a white tablecloth down first if you don’t happen to have a white dining room table, then cut the paper so it will fit in the middle of the table but leave about 12-14 inches all around the table for the plates. **Hint – if the paper wants to curl, iron on a very low setting with no steam to get it to lay flat.

I prefer aqua trimmed plates to the plain white plates used in the inspiration table. They provide a nice extra pop of color. I also really like aqua napkins instead of the red. So we’ll reverse the red-aqua napkin combination.

To make the place card wrapped napkins cut enough 12″ x 1″ pieces of red paper for each of your guests. Trim one end of each into an inverted V. Write each guest’s name next to where you trimmed. Roll up each napkin. Wrap a red piece of paper around each napkin so that the square end is hidden and the end with the guest’s name sticks off to the side. Secure the paper in place with a piece of double stick tape. Balance a pretty millinery bird on top of the napkin to finish the look.

Milk glass still remains popular and is easy to find online or in local antique shops. Scoop up a pretty hobnail vase to make an easier version of the red carnation centerpiece. Simply bunch carnations together in your hand to create a rounded look. Then hold the bunch up next to the vase and cut the stems the same length as the vase. Gently place the flowers into the vase so they stayed tightly bunched.

A darling set of aqua glass rooster salt cellars really finishes the look. You could even send one home with each guest as a memento from a wonderful party!

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  1. Pingback: FriDIY: Faux Milk Glass Centerpiece | The How-To Hostess

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