Elevate your next al fresco dining experience with these two DIY floral designing concepts from Winston Flowers floral designer Lise Pellegrin.
Concept #1: Natural Blue Tablescape
The idea behind this table was to create something that felt earthy and informal—perfect for a last-minute dinner party with friends in your backyard or on your roof top deck. To accomplish this natural look, we chose to forgo using a table runner in favor of lush green grass, leaving the roots visible to help convey an organic and natural vibe. We were inspired by that feeling that so many of us enjoy when you finally get to kick off your shoes to walk through the grass on a warm summer day.
Although there were only a few different flower varieties featured, a ton of texture was used to create this look. We really wanted this to feel (and look) like something anyone could assemble on their own. For example, the grass was from a leftover roll and the chairs were mismatched to show you can pull extra seating from other areas of your home easily if needed. Additionally, if you don’t have vases, you can open up your kitchen cabinet and pull whatever holds water: glasses, mugs, maybe some vintage bottles you’ve collected. A mismatched, vintage look doesn’t have to be formal and using a monochromatic color palette will help unify all of your different elements. Some of the flowers were even placed right on top of the grass to add to the casual feel—almost like dining in a field of wildflowers.
Tying it All Together
Using just one or two colors and a few varieties of blooms will keep your tablescape from feeling too busy and will help to create a more cohesive look. The blue and white hydrangea in particular were gorgeous and really helped not only to tie everything together, but also allowed us to play with different patterns of blue and white dinnerware, linens, and vessels.
Concept #2: Tropical Trailing Tablescape
Summer in the city can leave us dreaming about being somewhere lush, colorful, and bright. This setting was inspired by the idea of wanting to escape our urban environment for something more tropical. Here, we wanted to create something a little more sophisticated and romantic, perfect for celebrating a special moment between two people, like a romantic roof top picnic. It was this feeling of warmth and romance combined with tropical blooms that really allowed us to create such a unique design.
Although this was meant to be a more formal design, we still wanted it to feel intimate and almost spontaneous in a way. To accomplish this, we created an asymmetrical design using climbing vines of smilax to create a cascading effect, even leaving the tablecloth longer on one side. This helped to create a dramatic element that will add a wow factor when your guests first arrive and see the table set-up. We incorporated an array of unique varieties to the floral design, alternating between working with sturdier pieces like the pincushion protea and succulents to adding more delicate elements like peach phalaenopsis orchids, which also served as the focal point of this piece. In order to keep the focus on the floral design itself, we decided to use simple, clear glassware and classic white dinnerware to keep the overall effect from becoming too distracting.
Tying it All Together
Heart-shaped pink and green caladium foliage was added as a last minute touch in order to create a contrasting yet complementary effect. The pale chartreuse chargers and linen also served as an unexpected link between all of the colors and textures, producing a subtle glow mimicking summer light and bringing everything together.