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DIY: A Fresh & Modern Spring Table

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Modern Centerpiece - Pattern + Color

So… true story. I was in Target a couple weeks ago, once again stopping in the gift wrap section {unnecessarily} to stare at a particularly lovely collection of bright, modern gift wrap they have that features happy shades of green, fuschia and red – and once again thinking how I really, really would love to design a spring party completely around these papers… and then a couple days later, what should appear in my inbox, but a fabulous spring centerpiece design {from fine artist/floral designer Kim Foren of Geranium Lake Flowers} – starring the exact same collection of papers!

Wouldn’t this look be great for everything from Easter & Mother’s Day to spring and summer baby/bridal showers? Thanks, Kim!

Modern Centerpiece - Pattern + Color

Covering vases in decorative paper (typically gift wrap or scrapbook papers), has always been one of my favorite decorating elements – both for it’s high-impact effect and the budget-friendly aspect… and Kim really demonstrates the versatility & effectiveness of this idea here by grouping several vases together and showing off a fun mix of {coordinating} patterns

Read on for more colorful images (including gorgeous pink Ranunculus!) + all the DIY details

Modern Centerpiece - Pattern + Color

Modern Centerpiece - Pattern + Color

Modern Centerpiece - Pattern + Color


DIY DETAILS, as told by Kim

Mixing patterns, fresh bright colors, polka dots and stripes all for a fresh new look! Start by making a fun recycled runner for your table. We used bright, polka dotted, striped and plain white terry cloth washcloths that we sewn together and added hot pink ball trim edging that we picked up at a craft store. You can also use burlap rice bags, 40’s vintage tablecloths, fun patterned napkins or kitchen tea towels. Use a glue gun if you want to avoid sewing.

Make simple, easy centerpieces out of cylinders, glasses or ball jars covered with fun wrapping paper. We chose different floral and prints and then banded the tops with simple colored satin and grosgrain ribbon. Chose mismatched bright patterns for the ultimate spring look. We filled some containers with fresh moss, wheat grass and flowers. For flowers try using Ranunculus, daffodils and tulips for your mismatched vases.

For a guest gift we used mismatched polka dotted cups & saucers, simple ribbon, pieces of handmade paper and colored glassware to help finish our whimsical look.”


– Kim Foren from Geranium Lake
– Photography: Erica Ann Photography


Owner Kim Foren is trained as a fine art painter and showed her whimsical oil paintings for sixteen years at Quartersaw Gallery in Portland. Desiring a change in her corporate life, she started selling flowers in 1993 out of her VW van in front of Grand Central Bakery in Portland.

Today, Geranium Lake Flowers has received Best of Portland awards from Portland Monthly magazine, Portland Bride and Groom, Oregon Bride Magazine and Willamette Weekly. Kim has been touted as “Martha Stewart with an edge” by The Oregonian, Jonathan Nicholas and the Willamette Weekly claims she “puts a fresh face on floral.”

By |2018-02-12T20:46:08-07:00April 11th, 2011|Easter, Mother's Day, Party Decor Projects|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (9) and Rylie (7). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Ellen {Whimsical Mod Parties} April 11, 2011 at 5:10 am

    Beautful! Love all the fresh, bright colors!

  2. Rowaida Fl April 11, 2011 at 5:19 am

    Gorgoeus, colorful and so beautiful love love

  3. Jenny ~ Something Old, Something New April 11, 2011 at 5:24 am

    I love these! So pretty.

  4. Jane April 11, 2011 at 5:29 am

    This is the perfect idea for my upcoming easter diner I am throwing for all of my family- thanks!

  5. Fifthroom Living April 11, 2011 at 6:02 am

    I am absolutely in love with these! So, simple, inexpensive and striking. Great for a garden party! Thank you so much for sharing!

  6. Niki April 11, 2011 at 6:05 am

    Love this!! Been looking for a way to add more color to my Mother In Law’s 80th Birthday party. Thanks for the idea!!!!

  7. Sweet Tea with Cindy April 11, 2011 at 6:10 am

    This is fabulous! Love, love, love it! Excellent job. :)

  8. Maureen Anders April 11, 2011 at 6:19 am

    I LOVE wrapping paper, too, Jenn!
    This is great! LOVELY!

  9. I love this idea! I am going to use this idea for my own personal Easter table this year. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Mabel Coleman April 11, 2011 at 7:40 am

    I LOVE your designs -so many good ideas, going looking for pretty shower curtains for backdrops today!

  11. Iris Metel April 11, 2011 at 8:44 am

    These pieces are beautiful! It’s amazing to see how little touches of color can make a huge difference. Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. Amber-Lee April 11, 2011 at 8:58 am

    How beautiful! I would like to just decorate my table with them for no real reason :)

  13. Mandy of Kini Style April 11, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    I love when patterns are successfully mixed! Also loving the assortment of flowers on the table! Fabulous!

  14. grace @ wedding favors April 12, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Covering vases with amazingly designed gift wraps or decorative papers is such a great idea! :) The tall one with the tulips can be a perfect wedding centerpiece ;)

  15. Christine {BestWeddingSites} April 12, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    What an inspiring spring display – I especially love the bright color palate!

  16. Sandi April 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Pretty, pretty!

  17. Amanda April 13, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    LOVE those napkins … any chance you can share the source?

  18. Maria April 16, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I love the bright colors & flowers. This would make a great Spring baby shower theme!

  19. Laurie April 20, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    I LOVE everything!! Where did you purchase the polka dot washcloths for the table runner?

  20. Anna April 27, 2011 at 12:46 am

    Gorgoeus, colorful and so beautiful. love all of them!!

  21. Tom Ford Sunglasses April 27, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    So pretty. I love these flowers.

  22. Gloria @ I Do Venues April 28, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    This is a perfect way for the DIY to take her design up a notch- apply this to vases, escort card – the possibilities are endless

  23. Amanda Forsell June 2, 2012 at 1:44 am

    What is the paper wrapped around?

  24. Robert Knapp February 13, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Looks great, ready for spring inspiration wedding themes

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