Budget bouquet table

Last week I showed you how I tablescape for those times when there's nothing on the calendar. But, what do you know... I found myself hosting a little dinner party after all! Here's how my tabletop made the transition from "everyday" to "special occasion."

The simple shine of my glass bottle collection was beautiful, but I had to cut down on clutter to make room for our culinary presentations. I selected a variety of laboratory glassware, some with elongated shapes perfect for showcasing individual blooms. A bouquet of pink spider mums caught my eye at the grocery store- and at only $6, they left some wiggle room in my budget for a nice bottle of shiraz!

Splitting up the bouquet gave each flower a truly dramatic presence, making the most of tall stems and bursts of color. It also gave me plenty of options for arrangement. Instead of just one bundle of flowers in the center of the table, I could have have a cluster or line with different heights and interesting silhouettes.

Best of all, when dinner was over, I had a flower for every table in the house!

Elizabeth Lockhart is an events & interiors stylist living in Berkeley, California with a mad scientist (her husband) and two bad cats (Matilda & Phineas). She delights in flea markets, curiosities, old-fashioned design, and blogging about all of the above at Shock the Bourgeois.