Thursday, February 28, 2013

Real Wedding: How Much Does It Cost? Summer Picnic Tablescape

Pin It Brenda Abbott Floral Design shared this ray of sunshine with us.
A sweet summer picnic made to look effortlessly and casually placed actually needs a bit of planning.  For this look, we layered linens and heirloom lace cloths to create interest and texture atop the farm table.  From our collection of vintage pieces, we added a mix of vintage milk glass compotes and a white ironstone pitcher.  This ‘collection’ approach works best with a long table as opposed to a round table.  Simple blooms in keeping with the era we’ve tried to invoke were daisy mums, garden stock, hydrangea, baby’s breath and playful craspedia or ‘billy balls’. 
Image by Third Coast Photography
Flowers by Brenda Abbott Floral Design

Here’s the breakdown of time:
Portion of Consultation Time devoted to Tabletop Decor: 1/2 hour
Design and Sourcing Time: 1/2 hour
Prep Time (receiving, unpackaging, hydrating flowers): 1/2 hour
Stem Prep Time (removing leaves, and separating branches for useable blooms): 15 minutes
Build time for all 5 pieces shown in this photo:  1 hour
Careful packaging for delivery: 15 minutes
Total time investment in this tablescape (not including delivery):  3 hours

Materials for 1 pitcher, 2 compotes and 2 smalls:
8 stems hydrangea: $35
5 stems garden stock: $15
2 bunches white daisy mums: $25
1 bunch baby’s breath:  $15
1 bunch craspedia/billy balls $12
Supplies: $3
Materials and supplies total:  $145
Vase rentals: $25
3 hours labor $60
Delivery and setup $30
Tax  $21.45

Total for these 5 pieces (as part of a complete package):  $281.45
(This does not include linens or farm table rental.)

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