Tablescapes: Q&A Three

Black and white wedding Q: What colors, themes and decor items are hot for 2011?

A: The trend we see in tabletop rentals is that there is no trend.

Personalization, fueled ironically by Internet access to everyone else’s event ideas, has been the theme for the past several years.

We see trendy color combos trickle in, but the impact is minor. White and black, and often the two together, hold the strong majority.

Brides punch up the neutrals with a color, but of those there’s no favorite. In the last few months we’ve had requests for linen colors ranging from eggplant and royal to goldenrod and sage.

In table rentals, however, we have seen a trend. Though classic eight-seater rounds are still popular, lately we’ve had more and more clients requesting long tables.

There’s debate over which — round tables or banquet tables — is more conducive to conversation, but lately many people have been loving the look of long tables.

We find banquet tables more flexible for decorating than rounds in some ways. We like to use fat runners laid the short way across the table, under each pair of plates, with small bunches of flowers or candles down the centerline. The scale is more intimate than with a single ornate arrangement towering over each round.

Alternately, you can place a runner down the length of a banquet table, or use square or round overlays. With banquets, you don’t run into the awkward symmetry problems round tables pose.

A recent client of ours used two long rows of tables set with white linens. Then she laid colorful runners and ribbons, crisscrossing at intervals, and deep blue napkins on the white plates. See the elegant outcome in the wedding gallery.

Photo by Suzanne Fogarty

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