A spring shabby chic soiree was top of mind after leaving Round Top, Texas earlier this month. Take my tips and create your own event!

#1 – Cheap, Chic Table Coverings

Don’t have a nice white tablecloth to drape over your tables? No worries! Burlap is your new saving grace. Burlap can make the ugliest worn down card table instantly look chic. Just buy a bolt (usually they are 36”–60” wide) of the handy fabric at your local fabric store and cut long strips and drape them across the table. If you have a long buffet style table you can swag the sides and tie with twine.

#2 – Frill It Up

Incorporate antique flowery, frilly elements to the décor. One answer – vintage hankies – all different colors and patterns: lace, scalloped, sheer, opaque. You could use the hankies as accents on tables unfolded and spread out, hanging off your mantle, strung up on twine overhead at an entrance or hung with clothes pins. If it’s a luncheon or dinner party consider it as a ‘take away’ for your guests. These can be found at any antique or curiosity shop in your home town or I found some great ones on Etsy at a shop called Totally Hankies.

#3 – Use What You Have

Use simple found objects to create centerpieces for your buffets or tablescapes. You could use old books stacked to give height to the centerpiece. Maybe collect some of your old wine bottles (I am sure you have a few lingering around your house!) or mason jars and wrap them with twine to give a simple but cohesive look and add either wildflowers or some flowers from your local grocery store – larkspur, roses and ranunculus look great! You can put tall candles in the wine bottles and burn them down so they have that extra drippy look. Or fill up the bottom of the mason jars with sand and drop in tea lights for added ambiance.

#4 – Clever Cocktails

Serve cocktails in something unexpected, something whimsical. What about mismatched teacups or mason jars with striped paper straws? There is this great bar in New York’s Lower East Side that I have ventured to on many occasions called The Back Room where they serve all their cocktails out of tea cups.

#5 – Comfort Bites + Tasty Sips


#6 – On the Playlist (Download on iTunes)

Home – Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
Hey, Hey, My, My – Neil Young
Winter Winds – Mumford & Sons
Skinny Love – Bon Iver
Never Going Back Again – Fleetwood Mac
Hallelujah – Rufus Wainwright
Falling In Love with You – Ingrid Michaelson

Now, go have fun planning your Spring Shabby Chic Soiree! We’d love to hear about your party successes – comment here or post pics to our Facebook!

– EF