Planning an outdoor wedding reception? For a tablescape that celebrates the outdoors while delivering major style, take this Top Chef table for inspiration. It’s built on a sophisticated layering of color, pattern, and texture:
- Tablecloth with a large leafy botanical print.
- Wide table runner in a natural hue with unfinished and slightly frayed edges (You could DIY this with a length of plain weave natural fabric, like hemp)
- Rafia placemats.
- Dark amber water glasses.
- Sideways glass vases holding pink flowers to give the setting a modern lift.
This screenshot, by the way, is from Top Chef’s 14th season, in South Carolina, at an estate that housed the restaurant and home of Edna Lewis, a luminary of traditional Southern cooking.
Maria Bywater is the designer behind Huppahs.com and author of Sew Jewish: The 18 Projects You Need for Jewish Holidays, Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Celebrations, and Home.
Couples planning weddings typically spend 3% of their budgets on party favors for their guests. If that money went to tzedakah (charity), we could change the world!
U.S. wedding expenditures are about $40 billion dollars per year. Three percent of that is $1.2 billion. Imagine $1.2 billion more dollars going to charitable organizations each year. That’s much ka-ching could do a lot of good.
And we’re talking about a way that couples can give charitable contributions without adding a dime to their wedding budget. What’s not to love?
I so much love the idea of couples making a charitable donation in honor of their guests in lieu of buying wedding favors, that I turned an article of mine on the subject into flyers for distribution by charitable organizations or anyone else who wants to help spread the word.
There are three versions each with a different headline, so you can choose the one that works best for your organization.
They are free to print, download, and distribute.
Donations could be made to any type of organization, of course, but because the article originally appeared in the Washington Jewish Week, the article has a Jewish bent.
Having done a short stint in fundraising, I hope that the idea will take off and be an added source of support for the Jewish institutions who do so much good for our communities.
See the flyers
My romance with toile continues. Toile (pronouned twahl
) table linens soften a formal table and elevate an informal setting. Mix it with striped ticking fabric for a richer visual look.
Toile, usually printed on cotton or linen, is an inexpensive fabric, so it’s great for DIY table cloths, runners, or napkins. A stroll around the Internet reveals that it’s being made in more colors than ever, not just traditional blue and black, but fuschia, lavender, green, brown, and more. These swatches are from Fashion Fabrics Club.
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