Rebecca Gallop has a terrific eye for simple beautiful things, which she shares on her blog, A Daily Something. Since it’s prime party season, we’re sharing her tips for creative tabletop styling + outdoor entertaining all month right here!

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A Subtle Fiesta Tablescape

To help achieve a layered look, I re-purposed a vintage wool serape by simply folding it lengthwise until it fit on the table as a runner. The brown and white pattern provides wonderful texture and is festive enough for a fiesta without subtracting from the dinnerware.

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west elm rebecca gallop vintage mix tablescape diy

“Rather than flowers, I decided to use an assortment of green desert plants and plants you’d find around your yard: succulents planted in a dark terracotta bowl, wild chrysanthemum in miniature round terrariums, and sedum planted in layered terracotta and white ceramic planters. The eclectic use of planters and greens provides a scattered, unique centerpiece, which can be reused in your home, or given to guests as parting gifts.”

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“Layering the colorful dinnerware with an assortment of white and wooden dishes – some everyday dishes and some thrifted one – allows each place setting to be unique yet completely unified.”

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“In the branches above the tabletop, I hung a simple garland made from coffee filters and twine. Reminiscent of papel picado, the garland helps to set a fun, lighthearted atmosphere and takes just a few minutes to prepare.”

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simple diy coffee filter garland west elm rebecca gallop

“It only takes a little bit of effort and originality to create a tabletop full of personality. Hang a simple decoration, replant greens from your yard, layer new pieces with unique thrifted finds, and remember that your guests will feel appreciated and at ease with these welcoming touches.”

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Thanks Rebecca!

Rebecca Gallop of A Daily Something

Rebecca Gallop is a stylist, wedding designer, and the blogger behind A Daily Something. You can follow her on Instagram + Twitter + Facebook, and check out her professional styling portfolio here.


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Photos: Lisa Chiu
Fresh Greens: Meredith Kope, The Goodstone Inn

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