Published on April 1, 2015

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Photography by Sugar&cloth

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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Photography by ruffled blog

when… you've run out of place cards

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

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Photography by Memoire Studio

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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Photography by Chia Chong/Salted & Styled

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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Photography by Claire Graham

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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Photography by Honey Honey Photography

when…your bowls aren't big enough

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

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Photography by LESLEY UNRUH

when… you can't find a vase

A delicate teacup is the perfect alternative. 

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