Designing a Colorful Layered Farmhouse Tablescape with mounds of luscious fresh flowers was just what I needed to chase the winter Blahs away. It has been a long winter, even here in north Florida. It is still on the cool side at night. This weekend has been glorious with warm sunshine and cool breezes. It is perfect weather for a meal with friends on the lanai and good for a Burst of Spring collab with Wayfair.
Inspiration for a Colorful Layered Farmhouse Tablescape
The multi-colored hydrangeas were the inspiration for this tablescape. Flowers are the first thing I look for when designing a tablescape. They can make or break the entire feel of the table. I have limited access to fresh flowers on my tiny island. Luckily, I have a good friend who manages the floral department of our high-end grocery store. She helped my put my Colorful Layered Farmhouse Tablescape together right there in the store. Thank you Miss Patty!!
She always has a good selection of beautiful flowers from which to daydream. I selected the huge colorful hydrangeas (above), pink peonies (expensive), lush pink old-fashioned roses with big heads, exotic purple and gray thistles, and baby’s breath. I also stopped at a local florist and paid a hefty price for three large pale pinkish roses (ridiculously expensive).
FLOWER TIP:I always want my flowers to be in tip-top shape for the photo shoot. I carry a large bucket of water secured in the back of my van to place the flowers in for the ride home. It keeps them from wilting.
Laying a Colorful Layered Farmhouse Tablescape
One of my favorite parts of laying a table is layering finds and treasures, pieces from my beloved china collection, and adding a touch of whimsy. Sometimes that touch of whimsy is subtle…and sometimes not. This image conveys my complete personality better than any written word can ever accomplish…
I paint my large canvases on the lanai. I am putting the finishing touches on a cute pig painting. Instead of removing the easel and painting for the dinner, I decided to welcome her to the fun. Since the colors of the pig match the colors of the tablescape…why not?
How to Create a Colorful Layered Farmhouse Tablescape!
Let’s take look at the layers I used for this tablescape highlighting pastel flowers. Of course, the table must be spotlessly clean and naked to begin. 🙂
I decided to leave the table raw and just use a runner. I recently picked up these quilted pillow shams at a thrift store to use in my tablescapes. They are just perfect for this Burst of Spring table with the pastel shades of pink, peach, blue, and green. It is fun to use things intended for another purpose on tables. I am always looking for patterns and colors while thrifting. I have used colorful skirts draped on tables too.
Next I layered a beautiful mustard yellow Italian table vase much like this Setsuko Old World Hand Thrown Table Vase from Wayfair. It holds a large bunch of flowers for a perfect centerpiece.
I filled the vase with three enormous multi-colored hydrangea blooms. I arranged the leaves to spill over the edges. This is a big statement and truly a Burst of Spring!!
Two small arrangements of the peonies, old-fashioned roses, thistle, and baby’s breath add color in a Cube Square Glass Vase. These are my go to containers for tablescapes. They come in a set of 12, which look amazing down the center of your table.
I love to sprinkle in affordable garden plants if possible. This cute curly plant (spiral rush) adds texture and fun. I just wrap a burlap ribbon around the plastic container and tie with a hemp bow. I placed it in a Starfish Glass Dish because I always want something beachy on my tables. (These are out of stock at the moment, but I have had mine for a while now. Hopefully they will return soon.)
I added a burlap runner on the edges of the table under the small glass vases just for texture. You can see the layering above and below. It is simple but effective in bringing a Farmhouse vibe.
My favorite part of a table setting is probably the china, glassware, flatware, and napkins. I used a mix and match color scheme to complete the Colorful Layered Farmhouse Tablescape! It adds another layer of texture and more color.
I have a vast collection of table setting pieces that I love to mix and match… and layer. Layering china adds so much to a place setting. Here I have used a fruit theme dinner plate with cut edges under a floral luncheon plate. A two-handled soup bowl rests on top. I mixed a pink wine glass with a taller aqua glass for more color. I finished the place setting with a tulip napkin and gold flatware. You can see I added some faux bird eggs to the burlap for more Spring appeal.
In the above place setting, I substituted a bird luncheon plate for the floral one. It just screams Burst of Spring to me!
I like to sprinkle more of the table flowers around the house when I entertain. Here I created a tall vase for the buffet table.
A few garden flowers gathered on the side table with garden statues add flair without a big cost. I often use garden flowers on my tables. These are so affordable, bring in added fun, and can be planted afterward or given to the guests to take home.
A casual bouquet of hydrangeas is dropped on the chaise lounge just for fun.
A square vase of baby’s breath mixed with extra peony leaves continues the theme into the guest bath. The peony leaves are just too beautiful to toss.
I believe this Colorful Layered Farmhouse Tablescape is one of my favorite tablescapes ever.
It is so peaceful and calming. I could sit at the table forever.
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