Let a simple centerpiece provide the drama for a book-themed dinner that speaks volumes.
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Oklahoma City events designer Lindsay Gibson shares her ideas for a book club table setting.
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The Place Setting
Balance out a busy centerpiece by keeping the place setting simple and classic. Lindsay combined her grandmother's formal silver-rimmed china and flatware with quirkier star-etched crystal.
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Bring in color with linens. Lindsay wrapped the plates horizontally with white napkins she embellished with DIY stripes (made with the largest zigzag stitch on a sewing machine) and folded diagonally.
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The Place Card
Play up your theme. Lindsay personalized store-bought bookplates to mark each place setting and topped off the look with specially chosen vintage books that double as party favors for guests.
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The Dessert Station
Create a separate serving area with mismatched cake stands (put a dessert on one and flowers on the other) and White Russians. Refer back to the dining table by using similar blooms.
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Winning Centerpiece Formula
Lindsay Gibson (gibsonevents.com) shares her winning formula for a colorful conversation starter.
Gather: Pull together a variety of containers, both glass and metal, in different heights. "I'm always on the lookout for reasonably priced bud vases and vessels," says Lindsay.
Fill: "It's important to have flowers and foliage in an assortment of sizes and shapes," she says. Here, Lindsay combined peonies, garden roses, ferns, sweet peas, and succulents for a mix of colors and textures.
Place: Start by putting the tallest vases in the center. Surround those with shorter ones, and end with a few plants set directly on the table. Balance colors by using containers with tiny blooms and greenery first and then popping in big blossoms where needed.