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  • The Ladies of A-1


Updated: Aug 12, 2020

When one hears the word "terra cotta, " they most often think of the unglazed, brownish-orange pots found on the shelves of every garden center; empty and just waiting for you to fill them with plants. But this trend is about more than that (although the pots are still a big part of it). It's about the color. The word itself means "fired earth," and can vary quite a bit based on the natural shades of red, orange and brown it is made of. Because of the many possible variations in color, some may call it a different name. But whether it's terra cotta, spice, amber, burnt orange or rust... this color story is trending now and we hope it's here to stay.

For our take on this trend, we used terra cotta pots to incorporate the color. Storm velvet linens provided contrast and a little texture, while copper and wood accents carried the warm tone of the pots throughout. We layered two linens on the table so we had little extra fabric to bunch up. To give the table a little more dimension, we added cake stands underneath the table cloth so that everything wasn't the same height. The terra cotta pots were then filled with sand, rock, and faux succulents and cacti and gathered down the center of the table. We mixed in glass cylinder vases with candles and small votives to break up the line of pots.

For the place settings, we layered wooden chargers, our Regina dinner plate and then small planter saucers for a unique place card. We recently bought a Cricut for the office and we are ALWAYS looking for a reason to use it (hence the white vinyl names on the saucers). These little accents really popped against the white plates and were a relatively cheap and easy way to make this table stand out! Our Capri copper flatware complimented the terra cotta and really stood out on the gray-blue linen. Some may say that velvet is a fall or winter fabric but we think it can (and should be) be used any time. And the same can be said with this color. Typically people associate burnt orange with fall but this trend is proving it can be used year-round.

Our 10 oz Jupiter glasses added a little texture to the settings and paired perfectly with the fun, blue vintage glasses we borrowed from Pretty Little Things. We love collaborating with local vendors and Pretty Little Things is a favorite of ours. While we both have rentals, her inventory is filled with unique and vintage items you can't find anywhere else. To finish off the table, we tucked Navy Supernova napkins underneath the plates and added our Clover chairs. We decided to use the navy napkin to tie in the vintage glasses and succulent but a terra cotta poly napkin would have paired great as well.

If you want to incorporate this trend with linens, we have many different shades and fabrics to choose from. Depending on the fabric chosen, prices will vary but we can get them in multiple sizes; from napkins to runner to full-length linens.


Click the links below to shop this look today!

Chairs: Clover Fruitwood, A-1 Party & Event Rental

Linen: Storm Velvet, A-1 Party & Event Rental

Chargers: Vintage Wood, Purchased at Pottery Barn

Dishes: Regina Dinner Plate, A-1 Party & Event Rental

Terra Cotta Saucers: purchased at Michaels, vinyl names by A-1

Glassware: 10 oz Jupiter, A-1 Party & Event Rental

Vintage Blue Glassware: Pretty Little Things Vintage Rental

Flatware: Capri Copper, A-1 Party & Event Rental

Napkins: Navy Supernova, A-1 Party & Event Rental

Glass Cylinder Vases: Assorted sizes, A-1 Party & Event Rental

Terra Cotta Pots and sand: can be found at any hardware store

Faux Succulents: Michael's Craft Store

Votive Candles: Purchased at Joann

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