Scared of Setting a Table?

Scared of Setting a Table? | See how mixing patterns and textures can be a hit—not a hot mess—at Charleston's Lowndes Grove plantation
When we saw this stunner of a table from Haley Kelly Events, we fell hard. Look at those colors! Look at all the elements she worked in! If you (like many of us here on staff, we must admit) are stuck in neutral territory, take the plunge into the land of vibrant, layered looks. Haley shares some easy tips to get there in haute style.  
Pick a starting point. “I start with one piece that I know I want to incorporate,” says Haley of Haley Kelly Events. “From the second I saw this runner from La Tavola I jumped on incorporating it.”
Give paper goods a little oomph. “It’s easy to resort to a flat-print menu,” says Haley, “but I like adding in texture. For example, you can add a patterned vellum layer or a grommet with the seating card attached.” Here, tying a keepsake velvet ribbon made the menu a showcase piece that echoed the chairs.
Turn to fashion. A pink gown from Betty Bridal Atelier was the next “must.” (Brides, same goes for you; look to your gown to set the tones for your event’s style.) The rest of the elements were chosen to complement the frock’s pale blush tone and that mustard-hued La Tavola runner.
Add tchotchkes. “When I create a tabletop at home for a party,” says Haley, “I always have extra ‘props’ on hand to mix in, whether that be two different salt cellars, an alternative napkin choice, or different colored candles.” Check out specialty rental groups to add such pieces to your shower, luncheon, rehearsal, or reception. 
Images: Alex Thornton Photography,
Planning: Haley Kelly Events,
Venue: Lowndes Grove, Patrick Properties Hospitality Group,
Styling: Carroll + Ashe,
Florist: Vero Designs,
Rentals: Ooh! Events (furniture, tabletop),; La Tavola Fine Linen (table runner),; The Social Spool (napkins),
Paper goods: Lytle Fober
Calligraphy: J.Lily Design,
Model: Tara White Odom
Bride’s attire: Carolina Herrera through Betty Bridal Atelier,
Beauty: Paper Dolls Wedding Hair & Makeup,