pretty in purple
Pale purple is the foundation for this fresh and simple tablescape. A basic tablecloth and white napkins highlight the vivid green accents found in wheatgrass and gladiolus stems. Ribbon-trimmed pillowcases soften the backs of the chairs (see Shortcut Chic, page 15, for these instructions). Once-brown square chargers were transformed with a few coats of lavender spray paint, bringing out their basket-weave texture. A tall bouquet vase is “planted” in the center of a short, shallow vase. A length of lavender ribbon circles the base of the short container (doublesided transparent tape secures the ribbon), while wheatgrass blades and pure white eggs are tucked in around the taller vase. White gladiolus finish the centerpiece
perfect place marker
You’ve seen these little containers on your restaurant tabletop, holding sugar packets. Give them a clever spin at your own table by turning them into place markers. Wrap each in a length of 11/2-inch-wide ribbon, secured with double-sided transparent tape. Layer a piece of gingham ribbon on top, finishing with a bow. Fill the container with wheatgrass blades (trimmed to fi t), and nestle in an egg. Paint fl at bamboo picks with craft paint, and allow to dry. Cut a simple flower shape from card stock, then a similar, slightly smaller one from white paper, writing or printing your guests’ names on the white paper. Glue the white flower onto the lavender one, then glue them both to the bamboo picks. Plant the pick in the wheatgrass.