when… the tablecloth is stained


Turn to a drop cloth (or a curtain panel) for last-minute decor. Scalloped details instantly transform an ordinary piece of linen into a simply elegant table cover.

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when… you’ve run out of place cards


Jot down the names of guests on edible goodies with removable exteriors.

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when… you can’t find the candleholders


Floating tealights make for the best centerpieces, lending an intimate touch to the space.

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when… you’re out of mixers


Sugnature drink? Oh, right. That’s what we forgot. Use frozen fruit or edible florals, in lieu of ice cubes, for a colorful twist.

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when… you forgot to pick up the flowers


Take a more simple approach. A cluster of garden herbs lend a rustic (and equally fragrant!) touch to the table. 

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when…your bowls aren’t big enough


Shallow vases can hold a slew of toppings for an impromptu condiment bar. 

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when… you can’t find a vase


A delicate teacup is the perfect alternative. 

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