The Table is Yours

The Table is Yours Blog by Kiki Davies

Tablescaping Tips and Tricks

Summer is here! Now more than ever, people are eager to welcome friends and family back into their homes. You might be pulling out your old table linens and deciding that it’s time for an upgrade. Bower Place has you covered with some great indoor and outdoor tablescaping ideas!

Colour Theme

Hudson's Bay Bower Place cushions

If you’re feeling overwhelmed with where to start, we suggest finding one piece that you love and building from there. When shopping at Hudson’s Bay in Bower Place, we fell in love with these pink, yellow, and black outdoor cushions. We based the rest of our design and colour scheme from this when preparing for the upcoming Tablescape session. Tying in elements of black and gold paired with the soft yellow and pinks gave our table a romantic, elegant feel. Try pairing neutrals like white and cream with a pop of colour like Fuschia (think watermelon) or bright yellow (think lemons) this summer.

Add Dimension

Give your table dimension by adding varying heights. Try using a pedestal platter (this one’s from Hudson’s Bay) to display a charcuterie appetizer on the table. If you don’t have a platter, you can create your own by turning a bowl upside down and setting a plate on top. The varying heights will help the table appear fuller.

Create a Glow

The Patio Store Bower Place Fire Table

Create an ambiance for your table with low lighting. Candles are one of our favourite ways to create a soft glow as the evening light fades. We love the candle options from the local shop: Pretty Made Things.

If you’re outdoors, try patio string lights strung up on a railing, pergola, awning, or umbrella. Pick up an outdoor lantern from Marshalls and add a votive or pillar candle. Smaller lanterns can be added as a table centrepiece, and larger ones can be placed around your patio table. If you’re looking for a new outdoor dining or conversation set, The Patio Store has so many options to choose from. They also stock fire tables which add warmth and soft light to your outdoor space.

Natural Elements

Add colour and elegance to your table with natural elements. Using flowers and fruit can be a beautiful and inexpensive centerpiece that can be tailored to meet the current season’s fauna. It’s also an easy way to add texture and colour. Feel free to go out into your backyard or neighbourhood and snip wildflowers or grasses. Look for pinecones, branches or evergreen stems. Arrange them by laying them down directly on the table and in small vases or jars. If you have small potted plants that fit your table theme or colour scheme, use them!

Cozy Vibes

Hudson's Bay All Season Eco Throw

If you are hosting your friends outdoors, try adding pillows or blankets to your chairs to create a comfy, inviting table where people will want to linger. Layer a throw over the back of a chair so that guests can cozy up under the blanket if the weather gets cooler as the night progresses.

Two trends that we are currently loving are gold flatware (these are from Hudson’s Bay) and champagne coupe glasses. Both are reminiscent of the days of 1920s “Great Gatsby” style parties. Gold cutlery adds a certain sophistication to your tablescape and can be found in either matte or shine finish, depending on your preference. Coupe glasses or also called “champagne saucers”, differ from your typical skinny flute-style glass. Serve up your favourite bubbly, a mixed cocktail, or even dessert in these stylish glasses.

On the Table

On the Table Meal Kit

With Kiki Davies, @pursuingpretty

Wednesday, July 14 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Plan a Summer spread that’s dressed to impress! Chef Raj will have you preparing the most tempting Sunterra Farms pork chops, sensational charcuterie board, and fresh sides of local seasonal veggies like a superstar. Then set the scene with design expert Kiki Davies who dishes up everything you need to create a spectacular outdoor table setting with style.

Sign up and purchase your event kit HERE.

Event experience kits are available to purchase via Eventbrite for $50, included is a $10 donation to the Outreach Centre. The Sunterra Market-curated ingredients are equivalent to a three-course meal for two people and include a special Bower Place offer.



Kristin “Kiki” Davies is a fashion, beauty and travel blogger who knows that style does not have to come with a hefty price tag. Her blog, Pursuing Pretty, teaches fashion stumped women how to shop for polished new outfits and how to discover their own feminine personal style.

As the sole stylist, photographer, content creator and writer behind Pursuing Pretty, Kiki is showing women that you are never too busy to spend a little time on yourself. When Kiki isn’t at home with her two little boys, she is always in search of two things: chic yet affordable fashion and the best places to take colourful Instagram photos.

If you love reading beauty how-tos, getting the skinny on budget travel, or where to shop for the latest trends, then reading her weekly blog posts will inspire you to look and feel good at any age.

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