Flower styling on a budget and what you need to know to pull off a realistic look that will keep them guessing!
Do you love pretty flowers and need some inspiration on how to work within your budget to create a beautiful table? I have a few secrets and just put together a quick (yes, QUICK) tablescape For this table centerpiece I took some things that I already had and then a quick trip to the grocery store. Let’s get right into it (and my secret:-)
Flower Styling On A Budget
I was over at Whole Foods the other day picking up a few things and although I’m pretty much determined to not spend much this fall on entertaining items I could not help myself from purchasing one lone heirloom pumpkin. It just seemed so right for me in this soft shade of blush and was flat enough to work with just about any tablescape.
But I promised to reveal my secret and that may surprise you just a bit. These amazing flowers…they are FAUX!
Let me share some tips today on how I styled this and you can create a similar look on YOUR TABLE. Remember…silk and faux florals are FOREVER, so do something like this on a TABLE or a SIDEBOARD and leave it up ALL SEASON long! You could even simply change out the pumpkins for Christmas balls without changing much else!
I have a variety of flowers here from cafe au lait dahlias to pink peonies to peach roses, a bridal bouquet and some greenery. All are faux. First I laid them out on my table to judge if I’d need some garden greenery as filler, but I did not in this case. I started laying them out down the center of the table with some of the flowers facing in one direction and a few in the other (lengthwise).
Sometimes you might need to fluff out the flower heads and for a more realistic look perhaps bend the stems a little as you’d find in nature. Tuck in the stems underneath the flower heads and be sure to follow along the center of the table. You won’t want the flowers to impede with setting the table, so keep that in mind or you can make adjustments later.
This bridal bouquet was set just to the side of the large heirloom pumpkin, which I knew that I wanted in the center of the table. A bridal bouquet can also be tucked into a vase, and I’ll do that in a future table display.
A few of the stems were much longer that the rest, but rather than cut them (use garden clippers if you do cut yours) I bent the ends. There is more flexibility to use your stems later if you bend them.
Step back, look at your work and then fill in AFTER with the greenery. This greenery is so beautiful that it’s hard to believe it’s not real! I added the faux pumpkins afterwards and filled in any bare spots on the table with them.
I had picked up a BUTTERNUT SQUASH for roasting and since the color fit in so well it’s been added to the tablescape. Combining real and faux is one of my favorite things to do when setting a table.
The white and gold flatware is a touch of modern to my table. Mixed in with the white dishes it’s elegant and understated and takes things to a whole new level of pretty.
My little bit of vintage on this table is the use of the monogrammed napkins that I purchased years ago at an estate sale. I have no idea whose initials they are but it doesn’t really matter and just adds charm to the mix and the match of this soft fall table.
I am enjoying this site so much. Just my style! I am especially intrigued with the beautiful, pastel Thanksgiving dining table. I do pastels for all holidays and love pink! Could you please tell me where I could find the pale pink crystal wine glasses that are on the table? Theyadd so much style and femininity to the table.
Hi Bradlee…thank you! They are acrylic and were from Amara, a company in the UK that I worked with.
The arrangement is just so lovely. I, too, like the idea of faux flowers. They are reusable and I see that the bees and bugs and birds need my outside flowers more than I do.
While I love faux flowers I enjoy the real thing from flower farms when I can get them. Happy weekend!
I like the idea of mixing the pumpkins with the flowers. Those color shades blend so well together. I didn’t see a video posted? Did I miss that? I appreciate either a video or written descriptions. A video is sometimes a bit more helpful though.
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I think that keeping the same tones of color is always helpful Lori. If you have an ad blocker on then you won’t see the video.
I love both the video and written instructions so I can read how and see it done. You inspired my creativity to create my table centerpiece using a two tiered pie stand I found at the thrift shop along with faux fruits and vegetables I’ve collected during thrifting trips. These were combined with real gourds and mini pumpkins to create my harvest centerpiece. Thank you for your inspiration to make our homes a beautiful place of peaceful refuge in a crazy, chaotic world.
Julie…it all sounds lovely and I’m so happy to know that I inspire your creativity at home!
Where did you get those beautiful faux flowers?
I have several links under the photos Nancy in the little strips that you see.
I just something similar on a sideboard in my dining room, using a large blue and white vessel with a handful of real pumpkins, tied hydrangea and faux greenery. My plan is to change up the mix for as many months/seasons as possible! Thanks for your inspiration!
Sounds lovely Janet!!
This is so lovely and romantic Janet – such gorgeous colors! Thanks for the tips on the faux flowers – they’re beautiful!
Thanks for visiting and I often use faux flowers mixed with the real deal!
Where are your pretty white dishes found?
They were found at Amara.com but no longer being produced