Flirty Peach Skirt

On the final night of my “Art of Tablescaping” class this Spring, I set up a table in the library to give students an idea of what’s yet to come in the Summer class series. (Yup…there will be a throwback to my days as a wedding planner mixed in there!) Rebekah Foster of Rebekah Cake Artist was kind enough to lend me a fabulous 3-tiered peaches and cream wedding cake (with sugary sweet and oh-so-delicate handmade gumpaste flowers!!!) to further highlight the demonstration. (Click HERE for more info on Rebekah’s fabulous cake artistry!)
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Photo by Sheri L. Grant

To give a cake table or any table a special little oomph, use a linen about 18″ larger than what you usually would for a floor-length, and pleat fan the bottom to resemble the hem of a flirty short skirt or dramatic evening gown. I got this idea when one of my students, Marie, came to class in a great little red skirt with a similar hemline. It adds a lot of instant character to the table and tends to keep people back just a bit so curious hands don’t make their way into the frosting! To add even more interest, consider adding a smattering of flower petals or gemstones.

The 108″ peach linen used on this 30″ round table is from Linen Tablecloth. The toasting flutes are Mikasa from the “Jamestown Platinum” collection. The silver scrolled cake plateau and gemstone-studded frame are from my private inventory, vestiges of my days as a purveyor of fine special occasion rentals.

I’m linking up with Kathleen for “Let’s Dish!” this Wednesday.
Please join us anytime after 6:00 p.m. CDT for tips on all things dishes and tabletop!

26 thoughts on “Flirty Peach Skirt

  1. Alycia, I have always loved peach – my bedroom was peach for a long while and now my living room/hallway is “Flan” but it is really a soft yummy peach. That cake is gorgeous. xo


  2. Alycia…oh my…gorgeous cake..great idea about the size of the cloth…would never think of that…and yes, your idea of smothering petals at the bottom is great…reminds me of my wedding dress train…there were embroidered flowers that looked like they fell and puddled at the bottom of the train…

    Gorgeous table!…Sure your students loved it!…I want to be a student!!


  3. Hi Alycia!
    I love the tablecloth set up that way- it adds a little formality and definitely dresses things up! Isn’t it great where we can get inspiration from! The peach coloring on the cake is such a beautiful color- she did a beautiful job on it! I love that cake stand too- it reminds me of the one my kids had with their wedding cake! Where were you nearly 34 years ago when I got married and could have used someone talented to make my wedding a little more glamorous!! Hmmmmm???? 🙂 By the way, when did you start being a wedding planner and how long did you do it? 🙂


  4. OOOh love the flirty skirt! What a lovely idea. The plateau had me though.. that is one fine piece. The cake is super wonderful too. Your students must have the best of times! Just think, you are wetting their appetite to further a wonderful skill! xo marlis


  5. LOVE the peach flirty skirt on the table! Curious minds would like to know – how many times did you rent that beautiful cake plateau? It’s gorgeous!


  6. I really love the way the skirt flairs out like that! It’s elegant. I’m putting this in my “future mother-of-the-bride” idea file.

    I’m a dreamer, ya know!


  7. Alycia, that is one beautiful tablecloth and the cake is a masterpiece.
    So very elegant. I love how flirty the tablecloth is. It is high drama.
    I bet you are having a blast with your class. Enjoy your week-end.


  8. Lovely, pearch was my color one time blinds, spread, walls yep still dealing with that now I think I’m heading for spa blue look for my summer makeover


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