DIY: A Stripe-Inspired Tabletop

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By: Mary Swenson

That of-the-moment (yet utterly classic) blue and white striped shirt seen just about everywhere these days inspired this fresh, stylish table setting. Here's how we did it!
 
 
Linens
Customizing individual linens for each place setting is made easy by using inexpensive white cotton napkins and multi-surface acrylic craft paint. Simply iron each napkin flat, and paint thin stripes along the bottom.
 
 
Centerpiece
Liven up your centerpiece container by adding a striped detail along the bottom. First, we spray-painted a clear glass vase with white spray paint and let it dry completely. Then, after marking off stripe-painting guides using low-tack adhesive tape, we painted stripes around the base of the container.
 
 
Floral Simplicity
A single, oversized red dahlia adds just the right amount of color and drama to this centerpiece while keeping it simple and unfussy.
 
 
Menus
Carry the stripey theme over to all aspects of your event! To create this menu card, we used blue cardstock, a white gel pen, and white paint.
 
 
Contrast + Color
The blue menu card is a striking contrast atop the sea of white. Place one card at each table setting, or put one or two at each table.
 
 
Place Cards
Make matching place cards by using white card stock and painting stripes along one edge with blue paint. Use a similarly-colored blue pen to print names on each card.
 
 
Coordinated Paper Goods
Coordinating menu and place cards are a lovely and sophisticated detail.
 
 
Stripes, Stripes, Stripes!
Using the same number of stripes and a common color scheme for each piece on your table creates a unified, crisp look that's perfect for a bridal shower or wedding day!
 
 
(photos by Mary Swenson)
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Last Updated: February 5, 2014 at 1:47 pm
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