Last week, I mentioned the importance of the location when it comes to drawing inspiration. Today, I'll tell you about step four in the planning process: finding the right vessels and containers.
As an event approaches, I begin to search for containers and fun little items I can use to bring a little personality to the reception tablets. I like to mix and match, but sometimes things need to be more streamlined -- it really just depends on the event. Generally, I go with classic shapes, such as footed compotes, urns, low bowls, and juice or aperitif glasses for smaller pieces. Varying shapes and sizes of containers helps to establish a line of vision for guests to follow when they approach a tabletop; if everything looks the same it's a bit chaotic, and your guests will take everything in all at once rather than appreciating the details as they see them. Height is important too. Personally, I prefer low arrangements for a dining experience but there still needs to be some movement in height from piece to piece on the table. Here's what the studio looked like after I collected all my goodies for Jayson and Carrie's reception.
And here are my go-to stores for great vessels: Campo De Fiori, Roost, The Long Beach Flea Market, Jamali Gardens, Potluck Studios, and more. Where do you find truly inspiring pieces?