Pear Place Settings

So from the Wedding Academy Trend Report for 2016, metallics feature quite a lot, not just the usual silvers and golds but off beat metallics such as copper, rose gold and antique brass. These are simply divine and provide an alternative elegance. I got to thinking how can this be introduced within a table setting design in a fairly cost effective way.

With a dinner party planned with friends, it gave me a great opportunity to be creative, try out some ideas and put my thoughts into action.

With inspiration from metallic painted cakes I decided to try painting a pear. I bought copper edible paint from Amazon for just under £4. The pot was a lot smaller than I imagined but it stretched further than I first thought.

I bought some conference pears from the supermarket. I tried to select ones that were a similar shape and size but the unique irregular character is all part of the charm.

Two days before the dinner party I began painting the pears, holding them with the stem and covering them bit by bit with a small watercolour paint brush. The following day, I gave them another coat and also painted the stem. They dried overnight, ready to be assembled the following day.

I racked my brains for some wording ideas. Rather than having the names of guests, I wanted a quirky message to create more of a talking point. ‘What a pear’ came to mind but for the purpose of a dinner party I thought something more edgy was needed. So I came up with ‘Grow a…’ as in the saying ‘grow a pair’ (man up!). A bit of tongue and cheek humour to hopefully gain a giggle as guests sat down. The quote was presented on an off white card cut in the shape of a leaf. A small twine bow was added to finish each setting.

The pears were then positioned on folded linen napkins on the plate settings. To repeat the metallic feature, peach toned hexagon mirrors were nestled within the table runners, eucalyptus and candles to add more reflection to the table.

I think the overall effect worked well and I was pleasantly surprised with how simple and effective the painted pears were. Our guests were very surprised that they were also edible and confirmed they were at the end of the night!

I hope this post shows how the metallic trend can be used in a cost effective and quirky way which can easily be translated within a wedding design. I’m looking forward to trying more designs with metallic paint.Emily

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