Sara Raak’s enthusiasm is infectious. She’s a lifestyle creator and stylist who is all about fun and creative solutions. Sara finds joy in everything—you see it in the bright, colorful images she shares on Instagram.
She also relishes her roles as sister, wife, mother and daughter. Family and fun are the cornerstones for everything she does, as seen in her latest adventure, Toteable Tablescapes.
A love of colorful entertaining plus a dread of doing post-party dishes? We can relate. And that’s what inspired Sara’s new line, launched with her sister Collyn Capp.
“We grew up in a home where entertaining and decorating was the norm. No matter who was invited for dinner, the best of everything was used to create a memorable and functional table. Dinner parties lasted long after the table was cleared. Yet inevitably, someone got stuck doing the dishes while everyone else continued to visit. So, we came up with Toteable Tablescapes, for a beautiful, fuss-free dinner party.”
“Once we saw Sara and Collyn’s creations we got excited about the idea of showcasing our new paper placemats at their tables,” said Melanie Honig, SmithHönig co-founder. Our paper placemats are a colorful foundation and inspiration piece that Toteable Tablescapes used to create this whimsically global take on spring entertaining.
“We were inspired by the colors,” said Raak. “The pinks, blues, purples and golds in the placemats were the perfect colors to work off of.”
SmithHönig paper placemats come in 12 different patterns, and are great for parties or everyday tablescapes, where and whenever you want to set a globally-inspired table. We created options in some of your favorite existing patterns (like Moroccan Knot and Sebra Stripe). We’re also debuting some new ones: say hello to Iberia Gold, Kantha Saffron, Ludlow Street Smoke, and more.
For her spring tabletop Sara went with one of her favorite SmithHönig patterns, Bisnagar Stripe, in a fresh new colorway that’s warm and bright. With its yummy jewel-toned palette, it provides the perfect splash of color for Sara’s gorgeous and creative place settings.
“This is an economical way to entertain often and colorfully,” Sara says. “This is a no-excuse way to add interest to your table without any clean up or laundry. It’s a win win!”
Sara’s Toteable Tablescapes cost between $150-$175 for eight settings (or customize to add more settings!) and offer everything you need to create the perfect party—without the cleanup.
“Nothing makes us happier than being surrounded by the people we love. And creating beautiful dinner settings, for us, is a nod to our mother who instilled in us the pure joy of entertaining. We both entertain as often as possible because it honestly brings us so much joy.”
Every Toteable Tablescape is packaged in a portable and reusable tote, so you can host on the go or in your home. And every tote includes items that are disposable but beautiful for high visual impact with easy cleanup. And they also contain reusable pieces like vintage vases, bowls, linens or napkin rings to help inspire future home and table decor.
”There’s a story behind each table and that often starts with one specific piece,” says Sara.
We love that sense of storytelling, since it’s something we do, too. Each of our placemat patterns has a story behind it – usually based on a place we’ve visited. For these new tabletop offerings, we’ve been inspired by Moroccan architectural elements, Peruvian weaving and Indian quilting, among other things.
Sara is drawn to glam and global, too. You see it in the beautiful patterns, colors and textures she uses throughout her home.
“When people look at my home and table designs, I want them to feel happier,” Sara says. “I want everyone who sets eyes on my projects or sits down at one of our table creations, to leave with a sense of delight.”
Keep an eye out for even more tabletop options from SmithHönig including tablecloths, cotton napkins, napkin rings and coasters. We’re bringing more fancy but never fussy options to you soon!