August 8, 2017 Joe Luft


Don’t you dare settle for a basic table at your next celebration! The event pros at Kehoe Designs can help you navigate the ins and outs of creating a dynamic tabletop design. With a few floral tips, fashion-forward pieces, and craftiness—your guests will be picking their jaws off the floor before the food is even served!


Terrariums are making a comeback! Traditionally, terrariums include low-maintenance air plants and sand or moss. Using flowers instead of succulents softens the look and the metallic finishes give youthful colors a more sophisticated grace against the wood-topped table.

When arranging Don’t be afraid to mix textures, says Senior Event Designer John Beran, Here, we blended tropical flowers and exotic foliage with European garden florals. Unified by color, diverse décor makes for an eye-catching tabletop design!


Rough and refined. This formal-yet-earthy tabletop exudes whimsical charm. Cut yellow and lime ginger leaves add texture and graphic design to the central glass vases. Containers are filled with green hydrangea, roses, and lady slipper orchids.

Need a little light? Take lamps off your end tables, and use them as a sophisticated way to flank your buffet! These deco-inspired lamps sit atop green trick carnations, adding height and deep green light to the overall design,” says Senior Event Designer David Gould. Reinforce your color story by finishing the tabletop with coordinating sea glass votives.


This table is all about texture!” says event design industry expert Vince Hart. Sleek cylinders filled with kosher salt are used as pillar candle holders, while succulents and bromeliad air plants nestle into a winding garland of golden yellow Latina roses. Gray candles, napkins, and geometric-shaped dishes give a nod to the runner,” Gould says, while the lacquered, bone-white table surface allows this high-style look to come to life.


Bursting with citrusy cheer! This eclectic design isn’t shy about color. Coral florals and orange linens brighten the tabletop. Ceramic canisters add the perfect pop of pattern when repurposed as candle holders, omitting a cozy glow that elevates the entire look.


Calm and invigorating at the same time, this design is a modern nod to the French countryside! The centerpiece blends all shades of blue with grays, silver, and gold, says Beran. Accent with votive and pillar candles to add a bit of warmth to the cool palette.”

Mix in some household treasures to top off the table! I love stacking old books in vintage trays, layering the look with simple designs and mismatched candles,” says Hart. To achieve a similar look, pull items from your bookcase, coffee table, and pantry for use as table props.


Joyful pinks and lavenders pair perfectly with our trending, metallic-stained pine wood table. The flickering, cinnamon spice candles add to the design and keep it from looking too daytime.’

Don’t fret over flowers—turn to your local market for fresh, cost-effective florals! Adding vibrant cabbage to containers and color-blocking stems by type are easy ways to add style without breaking the budget,” Hart says.

Whether entertaining on a large scale or at home, there are many ways to add playful touches to a tabletop design that makes for a memorable dinner party! Let us help you pave the way for your next celebration! Contact us or call us for an appointment at 312.421.0030. 

Event Design & Photographer: Kehoe Designs | Venue: The Geraghty  | Plantscapes: Floral Exhibits
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