As promised, here's the scoop on how to recreate this incredible Valentine's Day tabletop designed exclusively for The City Sage by Kelly Oshiro Events. Aren't you amazed at all the clever details and budget-friendly ideas that Kelly came up with for this project?
The candlesticks cost $3 each at Michael's crafts, with another $2 for paint to match the color palette. All the crepe paper for the tablecloth and chairs was $3. To make the chair decorations, simply fold strips of crepe paper accordion style, then cut a heart shape--making sure to leave a point of connection in the folds so the hearts will be attached.
For the tablecloth, cut lengthwise and crosswise strips of crepe paper according to the size of your table. Lay out the long pieces and secure each at one end of the table using double-sided tape. Place books about half way down the table to keep the pieces in place. Weave in the first crosswise strip using an 'over/under' pattern, and glue each intersection of crepe paper with a glue stick. Continue to weave crosswise strips down the length of the table, gluing as before and moving the books as needed.
Says Kelly, "I love using translucent plates when something interesting is going on with the table linens." In this case we chose pink Depression Glass, which is surprisingly plentiful and affordable on the vintage scene; Kelly bought the stemware for $5 on eBay, and the plates are from a set I found at Goodwill for $12. Kelly layered wooden hearts (Michaels, $3 for 12) between the plates for an extra Valentine's Day touch.
Finally, Kelly used the existing pegboard on her wall to make this carnation heart. But you could do this at home with a piece of foam core cut to your desired shape and size--carnations are surprisingly sturdy to work with and can withstand some manhandling.
A huge thank you to Kelly of Kelly Oshiro Events for her time, her creativity, and her generous spirit. What a delight it was to collaborate with her! For more inspiration check out her blog and her featured work on Style Me Pretty. And also thanks to Tim Halberg Photography for capturing this project through his talented lens. Together the two of them have made my Valentine's Week a very happy one indeed!