You guys. I do love the posts I create, because after all I wouldn’t be putting something out there for everyone’s consumption if I didn’t have a liking for it. BUT. This tablescape that I’m doing for this year’s iftar/Eid scene is hands down one of my most favorite posts ever.
It’s that kind of love that even if everyone hated it, I’d be like, no problem, I can love it enough for all of us. (Moderate psycho vibes, but no big deal).
Presenting, my boho-summer table setting for your iftaris (I’m doing it this weekend, woohoo) or Eid. It’s an explosion of color, fresh, lively, kind of crazy, full of happiness and joy and if you love it, no jokes, it will love you back.
Last year when I did a table setting for Ramzan and Eid, I knew there and then how I wanted to do it for this year. I’m unapologetic about color and there can never be enough of it in my life and so I wanted to put it all over my food too. I could not believe that I had to wait 12 months to do it (because everything on the blog is pretty much a product of what’s happening in my real life and I’m not doing these on regular days, so, things had to buffer).
Do you love it? Please help, I’m desperate for your love.
The best part about this was that when Tang entered into the scene, I already had this all planned out and this had to be the most organic plug ever. There’s nothing that could have fit better into all this action than Tang.
I decided to do different color drinks for each person, which I feel doesn’t just make everything look better, but is also pretty fun considering you don’t know which drink you’re going to get (you can always keep extra in the back if someone gets volatile and wants to reject a certain flavor).
I mean, see how glorious they all look. I chose Tang Orange, Mango, Pineapple, Tropical (twice) and Lemon & Mint. You could use Mosambi too but that flavor’s not available here in the UAE.
Most of the things are pretty much from around my place and I’ll give some basic tips in a bit on how you can replicate if you want. But it’s simple, it’s easy, it’s high impact and it’s my favorite forever.
Theme: Boho-Summer whatever you want to call it
Basic Elements: I used five key elements – Flowers, Crystal, Gold, Candles and Color (from the Tang drinks)
Things I purchased new: Flowers, Tablecloth, Pallet Coasters, Bird, Crochet doily (?). Everything from Daiso. I spent about AED 50 on these supplies.
Everything else like the rest of the flowers, leaves, crystal, candles, gold candle holders, tissues, cutlery, plates, etc. I already had on me.
How you can put this together
- Start with your table cloth. I used gingham. It would work perfectly with a plain white one too. Or mild stripes.
- Center your objects. I used the lace doily to have a starting point.
- Started from the center of the doily and placed my first floral/leaf piece.
- And then randomly added 3-4 more vases to the left and right of it.
5. Added candles in the gaps between the vases to add depth.
6. Organized plates around it. I have six people, but if you have more, no worries, just stack them to the side on another table (I usually keep a folding picnic table where I keep extras). It’s all casual, doesn’t matter to me if not everyone can fit on the table.
7. Added tissues wrapped with twine and snipped flowers.
8. Added golden cutlery.
9. Then colored drinks from Tang.
10. For added whimsy, I inserted this bird I randomly saw at Daiso in the center of the table. I wanted this for my guest room actually so it was two birds (omg, pun?), one stone. DONE.
TIPS TO SETUP/REPUROPOSE WHAT YOU HAVE
- Use existing tablecloths. Don’t use one if you have a sexy table.
- If you don’t have a lace doily, use anything as a base. A small cutting board. A wooden tray. Just look around and see what you have at home already.
- No need to buy crystal vases if you don’t have many. I used some that I already had and some are glasses that I drink water out of. Reimagine what you have, look for glass bottles around the house. The ones in the picture above are both drinking glasses.
4. I bought flowers for my guest room sometime back so I already had some on me. The rest I bought for about 20 bucks at Daiso. I want to use them as props from time to time and real flowers die and I don’t like killing flowers so I choose faux ones. Feel free to buy real ones if you want to do this, just pick a color palette and buy random types (FYI, my color palette was orange, pink and red with hints of blue).
5. Organize flowers in the vases randomly. Don’t overthink it. Just try and do one big flower, some tiny ones, and scattering of leaves, twigs, etc in each vase (but again this is no rule, do whatever looks good).
6. I didn’t have any candle holders and less space so I used one big candle from Rituals (bonus, it was in gold from their new limited edition Ramzan collection). The other two are tealight candles that you can put in anything. I already had these golden things which I was using for coins (can someone help with what they’re called? They’re from Carrefour, in the section where they have Indian or maybe Hindu stuff together, I’m not sure). Anyhoo, put your candles in whatever you want. Just look around your house.
7. Play with drinks. For real, if Tang hadn’t partnered with me, I wouldn’t have thought of having alternating drinks and I think they bring such fab color and fun to the table. Make extra for the side if you want to give people an option but let them experiment with flavors if they’re up for it.
That’s it, guys. Do you like it? Would you do it? (If you want a simple video showing how it came together, like I did last year, let me know I’ll prep it over the next couple of days). Here’s last year’s tablescape, if you want to see (but please love this one more)
The post is in collaboration with Tang Pakistan but any and all opinions are mine, mine, mine.