With March being our self-declared boho month, I thought it was time I break out our ten tables series once again, where I choose ten gorgeous tablescapes along a specific theme or look, and break them down into their individual components to help you mix and match your way to your own perfect tablescape. As with all boho styling, the great news is that anything pretty much goes, but choosing ten tables does give me a chance to highlight all the little boho ‘substyles’, such as boho luxe, woodland, beach, etc. and in that sense there’s loads of inspiration here for all kinds of brides and grooms. In each case, there’s a set of links so you can shop the look, as well as a DIY detail or top tip to help you get your table styling firmly on track. Next week we’ll be rounding up the second half of this top 10, so be sure to check back in then!
Table #1: Farmhouse Boho
SUGGESTED FLOWERS: Roses, wildflowers, pincushion proteas, mixed greenery
I absolutely love this table design, which comes from an intimate rustic wedding with an elegantly laid-back vibe. Brown glass bottles have a beautiful vintage look, but you don’t need to round up loads of antique glass – amber beer bottles and empty medicine bottles can easily be bought online. Fill them with a mixture of flowers and foliage for a pretty, just-picked look. I love how this styling looks on a dark wood table, but you could also create a pretty effect with a white tablecloth – in both cases, use a soft grey runner (and matching napkins) to offset the amber and emerald of the bottles and leaves. Another pretty touch at this wedding was the beer growlers on each table – they were local (always a lovely touch!) but if you like the look you can get them custom designed with your logo or monogram. At each setting, little kraft/brown paper bags hide bright yellow lemons, and there’s a sprig of fresh rosemary at every setting for that extra lovely touch. This is such an easy look to pull off, but as I’m sure you’ll agree, it looks amazing!
TOP TIP: If you love the look of the little paper bags with white calligraphy but can’t scribe it yourself, then invest in a custom stamp and simpy DIY them with white ink. Simple and adorable!
Table #2: Shipwrecked Beach Boho
SUGGESTED FLOWERS: Hibiscus, air plants, peach spider mums, kale, tulips, dahlias, amaryllis, fern, ranunculus, freesia & mixed grasses
The key to boho styling is to mix a variety of elements in a way that looks accidental and organic, so for a beach boho wedding, there’s no better concept than a romantic shipwreck theme, as in this classic styled shoot. Imagine a collection of little vintage treasures from all around the world, washed up on a distant shore along with natural elements like grasses, feathers, flowers and shells. Again, you can use amber beer bottles as well as clear wine bottles as vases, mixed with vintage containers big and small – brass and silverware, little glass bottles, even salt cellars. Fill vintage tins with airplants and strings of pearls, and add other vintagey found objects from your home or family collection, then finish off with a silver charger, silver-edged plates, crisp white napkins and a delicate urchin shell at each place setting.
DIY DETAIL: Another detail to love in this shoot is the garlands on each chair back – including both floaty ribbons on the bottom of each chair and braided swags tied across the chair backs. These are easy to recreate with ribbons or shredded fabric.
Table #3: Woodland Bohemian
SUGGESTED FLOWERS: Parrot tulips, ferns, sweetpea, grape hyacinth
I love love this boho take on a woodland wedding tablescape – as with the shipwreck table above, it’s full of little trinkets and textures both natural and man-made which makes it a joy to put together (and for your guests to discover). A moss runner on a natural wood table with pieces of bark is the starting point, complemented by cut glass and silverware vases with berry coloured blooms, grasses and tall pheasant feathers. Mason jars contain treasures like shells, moss and tiny eggs, while at each place setting, wild turkey and guinea fowl feathers are wrapped with twine and placed with the name card and a single shell. My favourite touch is the little metal jewellery boxes, overflowing with moss and flowers, as well as the amber colour of the honey used as a favour and the gold from crackle glass votives. White napkins are fine here, but I do love the soft grey linens. And let’s not forget those gorgeous café lights hanging above the table!
DIY DETAIL: Instead of buying honey favours, pick jars you like and then create your own using this DIY tutorial.
Table #4: Gypsy Boho
SUGGESTED FLOWERS: Tulips, hibiscus, ranunculus, fern, succulents, astilbe
This tablescape is just so pretty – a little bit Morocco, a little bit India, a little bit tropical. Start with some gorgeous fabric – Indian textiles are especially gorgeous and versatile – and use it as a runner. Note how this runner has been set at an angle, and it looks amazing! Then you’ll want to buy, beg or borrow a huge variety of brass tableware – candlesticks, goblets, trays, dishes, vases, and fill them with a mix of flowers as well as green and dried figs. You can also scatter some loose petals on the table. Place candles in gold mercury glass votives, and have Moroccan tea glasses at each setting. These can double up as favours, but another great Moroccan-inspired favour idea is the harissa jam in this tablescape (I’m a huge fan of edible favours and this is so different and delicious!). Make up the jam yourself using this recipe, and fill empty jars with your produce. Finally, tie quatrefoil napkins (another Moroccan nod) with twine or pretty braided ribbon and feather name cards.
DIY DETAIL: To create the feather name cards, follow this tutorial for paper feathers and simply add the names.
Table #5: Backyard Bohemian
SUGGESTED FLOWERS: Roses
There’s a reason why this particular tablescape has been pinned hundreds of times! It’s mismatched perfection – amazing for a backyard boho bash (be sure to check out the mismatched chairs too!). This really is a case of anything goes in terms of the crockery, as well as the flower vases, which include vintage tins, blue and clear mason jars. Coloured glassware is the key to the look – splurge on renting jewel-coloured goblets for all your guests and then complement them with roses in pink, white and ruby red. Be sure to keep the roses to same coloured bunches, which really makes them stand out! At each setting, a ticking napkin and a beautifully presented jar of jam or preserve with a sweet gold heart makes the perfect gift. The final touch? White pillar candles of different sizes, scattered down the long tables. And the best part? This table is easy peasy to pull off – and so laid back that just looking at it makes me feel relaxed!
DIY DETAIL: I love the original American Ball mason jars in heritage blue, but for South African brides, you can turn a plain glass Consol jar into an aqua one using this tutorial.