The combination of fresh, floaty fabric and twinkling light is guaranteed to brighten up any party and make your guests sparkle. Organza is the perfect choice; it shimmers and reflects the rainbow hues thrown out by fairy lights. Its translucent quality diffuses the harsh tones of electric light and accentuates the soft, romantic glow of candlelight. Table centrepieces of light-filled organza enhance and add a splash of drama to evening gatherings.
Accentuate the gossamer quality of organza by nestling a set of lights in a glass bowl and surrounding them with swathes of fabric. A cloud of diaphanous light will wash over the table. For a more formal arrangement, use a tall cylindrical vase with a single coloured floralyte in its base. Half-fill the vase with water, add short stems of freesias, then settle a cloud of organza on top so that it stands proud of the vase.
The floaty feel of organza adds a delicate touch to place settings. Hold folded napkins in place with trails of organza ribbon and twist tiny sets of battery-operated lights around the bow on top. Use matching or complementary colours; try white napkins with pink or blue ribbons for baby showers or white on white with silver lights for a winter wedding. Anniversaries can be celebrated with ruby or gold napkins and shimmering pearls or diamonds of light.
Create a floating effect by surrounding larger round tables with a cocoon of fairy-lit organza. Take a length of fabric one-and-a-half times longer than the circumference of the table and gather it in festoons equally spaced to mirror the position of the seats around the edge of the table. Weave a set of white or coloured fairy lights between the gauzy fabric and the tablecloth and secure them at each gathering of organza with a bow or rose of fabric.
Overblown, blousy bows add drama to a table setting. They do not have to be restricted to centrepiece adornment; try attaching them to the backs of chairs or hang them from lights centrally placed above each table. Accentuate the beauty of silver cutlery by tying it together with tiny organza bows and personalise each place setting by using a different colour of battery candle for each guest. Match the colours of the organza to the candles for maximum effect.
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