Tablescapes, Home Decor, Thrifting, Cooking

Monday, November 21, 2011

Read All About It!!

Last week my friend Susan’s daughter was married. 


As all weddings are, everything was just beautiful.  I really loved the table decorations and thought you might enjoy seeing them too.  Susan’s daughter used to work in a library, loves to read and is in a field now where her words just flow.  The bride told her mother early on that she wanted the centerpieces to have “books and sticks”.  Susan and I were both scratching our heads wondering how this was going to flow.  Well, flow it did and I overhead many, many positive comments.




This was our starting point ~~

Table Seating

Don’t  you just love the card catalogs??

Names were alphabetized and placed in the right drawer by letter.  You would look and find your name.  I forgot to take a picture

but the last letter of our name was in a big font on the left side of the card.

Then our names were listed followed by:


Title:  Table #15

Subject: Wedded Bliss

Date Checked in: 11-11-11





Many, many,many old novels had their covers removed and were tea stained and bound with twine.

These were free romance novels, or 25 cent books from the thrift store. No one really looked at the pages.


Just look at the fancied up book with pages rolled and fluffed to perfection.

Lovely real flowers were inserted in the middle.


The “sticks” were beautifully arranged in a tall cylinder vase

with bookprint flowers attached.

You can see the cylinder held more of the coverless tea stained books.



Can you see tucked into each napkin was a salal leaf with a book page cut out to match the leaf and glued on?




Here are more twigs tied around cylinders for one table’s centerpiece.



The head table held the most ruffily and fancy, smashy book



There was so much detail. It was such fun walking around to look at all the variations of books at each table.



Susan really did her homework in research for discovering all the ways to make books wedding reception ready!  She and our FABULOUS floral designer friend Damon worked magic.

Just a beautiful reception it was.

Best wishes go out to the happy newlyweds!

Joining Marty at A Stroll Thru Life Tabletop Tuesday

The Shady Porch

Kim at Savvy Southern Style


Blondie's Journal said...

What a great theme...using so many elements that the bride knows and loves! The tables are gorgeous.

My daughter is engaged. A big part of her wedding reception decor is branches. Go figure. The rustic seems to be the way to go lately!!


Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

That's amazing! I never would have dreamt up the ideas they came up with.
My sister's did this for me for my son and his fiance earlier this year. They worked an Italian theme in for her.

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Wow! They really worked that theme!!! I think when a theme is that challenging it often just brings out the best in our imaginations. If it's too easy, we don't try too hard. Thanks for the tour!!!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi darling, This is incredible. How unique and different, I'm sure everyone was going on and on, this is a true work of art. I love using natural branches when possible, always takes things up a notch! Thank you so very much for your compliment, it truly means the world to me.. From our home to yours Happy Thanksgiving. hugs ~lynne~

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Donna, this is so unique! The attention to detail is wonderful! I am just constantly amazed at the creativity out there! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

What a fantastic idea and so pretty. The tables look amazing and best of all it has meaning to them. Love it. Thanks so much for joining TTT and Happy Thanksgiving. Hugs, Marty

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Many Blessings to you and your love ones this Thanksgiving..Hugs and smiles Gloria

Tina said...

How lovely! I especially love the card catalog idea.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Miss Char said...

What a fantastic theme Donna, everything looks perfect and so original.

Michelle said...

It turned out amazingly! I love how unique it is. Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos!!!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

As a library media specialist I can truly appreciate these centerpieces! I just love them! So happy to stop by today!


Alison @ The Polohouse said...

This is such a great and unusual theme! How clever! Have seen books folded and opened in so many unusual ways on Etsy and never thought it could be incorporated into a wedding decor!
Card catalog too!
Love it!
Thanks so much for sharing.
Some people are SO dang talented!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

CHRISTmas Blessings from my mountain top to your home…May it be the best one ever..Hugs and Love Gloria.

Anonymous said...

It was so neat to have you stop by. I have missed your posts and commnets. Hope all is well and your New Year is the Best ever. Thanks for the compliment on the floral arrangement. That's fabulous coming from you. Hugs, Marty

Karena said...

Truly beautiful my dear!! A wedding always makes me so nostalgic and I love to notice All of the details!

Please Do come and join my Giveaway from Serena & Lily!


Art by Karena

Betsy said...

You have given me an idea to pass on to my niece, I am gonna send her this blog post of your. she is getting married in June in a red barn. She wants vintage and rustic. The books are a great idea for decorations. Maybe put some on the trunks I am loaning her to use.
I really enjoyed your post and I am looking around some more. Your lead blog photo is just gorgeous of the snow.

Nancy's Notes said...

What an unforgettable theme, so imaginative and creative. Thank you for sharing!

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Donna, The craft room is coming along! I'm ready to get it done and organized. Are you going to Dallas market? I'm leaving Thursday and will be there over the weekend. It's supposed to be in the 70's there! That is warm...I'm usually freezing at this market. One reason I'm doing my room is to get ready for new stuff! If you are going to market let me know and maybe we can meet up again. Kristen

christian song lyrics said...

Wonderful decorations.It decorate particular on one theme.This look so wonderful.Flowers are look so fabulous.