When you get dressed in the morning, when you accessorize, when you define your space at the office, do you strive to make it “you”? Chances are, you do. There are some accoutrements you would never want to associate with your personal space, there are accessories you would never think to wear. And of course, there is that signature piece or color you can’t do without; all are elements of a style that is truly your own. You wouldn’t think of being someone who you aren’t, so why should your wedding be any different?
In Portland, Spring has rushed in like a Top Gun jet. An altruistic sun rewards us for a stingy Winter. Daffodils wave their yellow lion manes in mass numbers while tulips stretch eagerly from leafy collars. Squirrels jump gaily across treetops. Birds perform aerial dances of joy.
If you’re looking for a little inspiration to welcome jubilant Spring to your dining room, look no further. We’ve got a few design tips to make your table a Vibrant Table.
- Choose two complementary colors accented with white to brighten. We chose lime and turquoise, but coral and yellow or purple and raspberry work great together as well.
- Search your closet and pantry for unexpected items that incorporate your color scheme: teapots, coffee tins, jars, etc. Stuff them with blooms and scatter them around the table, hutch, and rest of the house. Can’t find anything in your preferred color? Spray paint!
- Let the flower shine with centerpieces of tightly bound, uniform blooms.
- Don’t forget your vegetables! Veggies, like asparagus, can make for an inexpensive centerpiece. Plus, you can always eat them later!
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You’re considering an early reception for your wedding or celebration but can’t quite envision how you’ll make it work. Vibrant Table has compiled a few scenarios to help you find the brunch with a Goldilocks fit. From menu to theme, decor to entertainment, we’ve thought it all out for you. [Read more…]
Recently, Vibrant Table was invited to take part in a tabletop shoot for Portland Bride & Groom Magazine. When deciding our direction for the spread, we decided to focus on showcasing the growing trend of brunch weddings.
We were given free rein with our color palette, and immediately decided to keep it clean and simple with white, chrome, canary and red. Our accents played off of primary and secondary colors, and we immediately found some great oilcloth, which sent us on our way! Kitsch! So fun, yet so daring – it’s so easy to go the wrong way with kitsch, so most people stay far, far away. Of course, we wanted the challenge to do it right, right, right!
The flowers were fun and informal – gerbera daisies, ixia, red zinnias, billy balls and tulips mixed together provided a lot of vibrance and texture and were balanced by chrome-glass containers. Possibly our favorite part was the great bridal bouquet made of gerbera daisies with a twist- each gerbera was embellished with ephemera from The Paper Zone, surrounded with vintage-inspired beaded leaves, and finished in the most darling red and white polka-dot ribbon. We echoed the flowers and ephemera on the completely fun and funky (and quite delicious) Rice Krispie cake and in tiny chrome votive holders. Another fun paper element came from the hanging lemon and cherry cut-outs (tied in with the fabric banner) , and yet another detail was the completely adorable place card created by our own Faith Adams, who is the talent behind CraftArt Designs.
Our tabletop went retro with the rest of the details: Fiestaware, oilcloth placemats, chrome accents, and Jadeite. The glasses and napkins (which were trimmed in vintage pom-pon rickrack) had an awesome fruit print and we found the cutest striped sugar bowl to match (thanks, Kurt!) We had fun shopping locally (hi, Porch Light, Mill End and The Whole 9 Yards!) and hit up some vintage stores, tag sales, and Anthropolgie for a vintage toaster, some of the serviceware and the chairs. The finishing touch was The New York Sunday Times crossword tucked in at the edge of the bowl of (you guessed it!) Corn Flakes. What fun!
Want to see more? View the full spread of brunch feature in Portland Bride & Groom.