Shawn Rabideau’s Eco-Friendly Tips for Tabletop Decorations

by Dagmar Bleasdale on June 8, 2012

Eco-Friendly Tips for Tabletop Decorations invited me to a decorating/Pinterest-inspired event.

Decorating and Pinterest, two of my favorite things? Count me in!

So my mom and I made this the last stop on our fun day in Manhattan when she was visiting from Germany.

Shawn Rabideau was there, the lifestyle expert and event planner best know for being Bethenny Frankle’s wedding planner and appearing on “Bethenny Getting Married.”

I loved that show, Shawn was hilarious in it, and now I enjoy watching “Bethenny Ever After.”

After tweeting back and forth, it was lovely to meet Shawn in person, and I got to chat with him about eco-friendly tabletop decor, high-maintenance clients, and the fabulous next wedding he was planning — in Spain!

He was inspired by these Pinterest photos…

…to create this tabletop decor:

Shawn’s tips for putting together a eco-friendly summer tablescape:

  • Don’t be afraid to incorporate bright colors and flowers. Jump on the color block trend and go bold!
  • Fill drinking glasses with flowers for a unique twist on your table centerpiece – it’s eclectic, eye catching, and inexpensive!
  • My favorite idea: instead of plain cardstock, use plantable paper for summer place cards. They make a great DIY addition to your table as well as a parting gift that’s eco-friendly.
  • Remember to repurpose and reuse. Mason jars can be filled with candles or flowers to accent your tablescape, while everyday tools like twine work wonders as DIY napkin rings.

Thanks for inviting me, and I wish we could have chatted longer, Shawn! I read on your blog that the Spain wedding was a big success — congrats!

Do you make a point to decorate your table in a special way for summer days? I hope these tips will inspire you to try something new and fun.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Natalie Z June 18, 2012 at 12:19 PM

I am all about repurposing, but sometimes forget about it for entertaining type events. Thanks for the tips!


Glenda June 9, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Dagmar, what a fun opportunity! I love the Mason jar candles and twine for napkin rings. The entire tablescape is so eclectic and yet so pretty. Thanks for sharing!


Kathy Morelli, LPC (@KathyAMorelli) June 9, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Very nice tabletops! thanks!


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