A Seat at my Table: March Edition

So here we are in March, the month of St. Patrick's Day and our namesake holiday!  When new acquaintances find out the name of my business, they often ask me how I came up with the name.  I knew I wanted to give a nod to my Irish heritage in some way and wanted to incorporate green (my favorite color), but I couldn’t quite put my finger on the perfect name.  We had just moved into a new house (a very old, new house) and I was just beginning to notice all the quirks and details that came along with our new home.  I was walking in the back door one evening and happened to look down and lock eyes on a glass clover ornament that was set in concrete on our stoop.  In the four or so months we’d lived there, I swear I had never noticed it before!  Right then and there, it popped in my head: Clover Events!  It was simple, it was Irish and it was green – checked all the boxes.  I bounced it around for a couple days with my husband and a few close friends and it seemed to be the perfect fit.  I still love it!

It will come as no surprise that, for our March tablescape, we're embracing all that is St. Patrick's Day!  Instead of going full on clovers and leprechauns, we decided to keep our palette and design subtle by using rich textures (I'm looking at you, velvet linen) and incorporating many shades of green.  I couldn't be more pleased with the way it all came together!  Once again, Belen from Gerber & Scarpelli knocked me off my feet with these gorgeous photos!

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Lovely from May Floral designed a beautiful footed compote filled with the most gorgeous white blooms!  Since there was so much color elsewhere on the table, it was key to keep our floral neutral and light.  I'm just obsessed with those lush garden roses!

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One of my most favorite parts of this tablescape was the green glasses Amanda from Gather Vintage Tablescapes brought for us to use!  They're so feminine and elegant.  We did a bit of an unconventional plate stack here - incorporating different colors, sizes and shapes.  I love a little unexpected surprise on a table!  The gold flatware was the perfect compliment to the white and green china!

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Once again, Jeannie from Simply Scripted Ink helped us finish off the tablescape with the perfect paper complement!  The gold-edged, hand-lettered place cards were nestled in adorable wooden blocks to give them some height.  I can't get over how simple and modern the lucite table number looks as well - such a unique touch!

The gorgeous, rich evergreen velvet linen from BBJ Linen added so much texture and dimension to the table.  We couldn't help but pet it as we were setting the table!  We went simple and neutral with the napkins, in a beautiful Bone color.

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On St. Patrick's Day, may you have
Walls for the winds
A roof for the rain
Tea beside the fire
Laughter to cheer you
Those you love near you
And all your heart might desire

Thank you again to my incredible team of collaborators on this shoot!

Belen Aquino Perfilio, Gerber & Scarpelli
Gather Vintage Tablescapes
May Floral
Simply Scripted Ink
BBJ Linen

A Seat at my Table: January Edition

One of my favorite details of a wedding has always been the tablescape—I find it really sets the tone for the event.  Do you want it to be casual or formal?  Colorful or monochromatic?  Elaborate or simple?  Your linens, china, flatware, glassware and floral can help you make the style statement you want to make with your tables.  Even something as simple as upgrading your chairs can really elevate a wedding!

Long before I decided to start blogging, I had the idea to create a monthly tablescape series to feature a beautiful table reflective of the season, holiday or even a special occasion; I tabled the idea (pun definitely intended) because I didn't feel like I had a way to share it that would do it justice.  At the end of last year, when I committed to the idea of blogging, the first thing I knew I wanted to feature was this tablescape series!  I am obsessed with interior design and the way colors work together in a space—and this project has been such a fun way for me to flex those creative muscles.  I knew my dear friend, Belen Aquino Perfilio of Gerber & Scarpelli would be the perfect photographer for this series.  (Seriously, you guys have to follow her on Instagram if you aren't already!)  She's kind of killing it right now with her photos of interiors!

For the January table, I was inspired by new beginnings that come with the start of another year.  I had been working for a few months on updates to my logo and brand, so using my new logo as inspiration felt right!  I got right to work on putting a creative team together and searching high and low for images that were inspiring.

With this inaugural shoot, I knew I wanted to incorporate loose greens set among a neutral palette: romantic and airy, with a modern touch.  I couldn't be more pleased with the final product! 

So please, come and have a seat at my table...

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The beautiful place settings were really a team effort: we started with flatware and glassware from Gather Vintage Tablescapes and a two-toned charger from BBJ Linen, adding my own wedding china (such a fun reason to bring it out!) with a menu card and a place card from Simply Scripted Ink (more on these later!), all topped off with a little fern sprig from May Floral.  I absolutely love the mixture of metals, textures and colors!

We used a linen from BBJ, from their Faille line, in Bone for the base table cloth and napkins and layered a Jute runner in Sand. 

Pro-tip: Layering linens is a perfect way to add texture and dimension to your table!

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Jeannie from Simply Scripted Ink really knocked it out of the park with the paper products for this table.  The menu cards and table number are the perfect combination of watercolor and type, completely embracing the look and feel from my logo.  For the place cards, she used sheets of small hexagon tiles from the local builders-supply shop, removed the tiles from the backing and hand drew the names in gold paint! 

Pro-tip: Use something unexpected as the medium for your place cards.  In this case, we used small marble tiles, but you could use anything from napkin rings to ribbon to greenery.  This could also serve as a fun favor for your guests to take home!

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Lovely from May Floral got exactly what we were going for with loose and airy greens!  Combined with a few larger ivory blooms, this low and lush arrangement was the perfect addition to our table; I love bringing the floral out of the centerpiece and onto the rest of the table, so we added ferns to each place setting.

Pro-tip: Adorn your place settings with floral such as fresh herbs or a single delicate bloom.  Your guests will love it!

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Also, are we just dying over this etched crystal from Gather Vintage Tablescape?!  It's so elegant and such a great way to elevate your place settings.

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Clover Events-Chicago Wedding Planner-Day of Coordinator-Event Design-Green Wedding

I hope you enjoyed the fruits of our labor for this inspiration shoot!  Stay tuned each month for a new tablescape-centric post!  Thank you times a million to the team of wonderfully creative people who came together to make this happen!

Belen Aquino Perfilio, Gerber & Scarpelli
Gather Vintage Tablescapes
May Floral
Simply Scripted Ink
BBJ Linen