Fashionable tweeds and monochromatic flowers form a fresh, friendly centerpiece. Just wrap fabric around inexpensive glass or plastic cylinders (rectangular vases look nice, too). Mix different tweeds in coordinating colors. The flowers play off the texture of the material.
A pink-and-orange table setting is contemporary and cheery; it works equally well for a shower or summer wedding. Skinny tweed bands are wrapped around the napkins (cut fabric along the grain using a rotary cutter; pull away a few loose strands for fringed edges); computer-made place cards have a border that looks like stitching. The flowers are chosen for their texture and color: carnations, spiky gerbera daisies, tulips, and dahlias.
This idea also works nicely in other colors with the same off-white linens: Try green tweeds (below left) with green and white flowers for a lush feeling; pair taupe tweeds (below right) with white and ivory blooms for a sophisticated, minimalist table.
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