3 Outdoor Tablescapes for Al Fresco Entertaining
Inevitably, this season has revolved around making the most of our outdoor space. So, what better way to celebrate summer in lockdown than to run through our favourite outdoor tablescapes?
Take Your Guests to the Tropics for Breakfast
This style could easily translate to any course, yet nothing says luxury hotel breakfast like a tropical tablescape. Make-believe a stay in St Tropez by pairing marina blue with apple green.
This tablescape creates an environment that makes meals more memorable and enjoyable. Effortlessly folding green apple napkins and laying them onto a rattan charger transforms a formal setting into a laidback arrangement. Finish with an assortment of lime hues and a marina blue border for a coastal, casual look.
Choose Classic Florals for Lunch
Summer calls for fresh, vibrant florals. Featuring fresh flowers and floral tableware is a great way to inject colour into a tablescape without losing the softness of summer style.
Pair tall and short vases to create a strong floral centrepiece. Varying the height of your vases will stop you from creating a hedge-effect where opposite guests feel separated by the set-up. When matched with your daintiest floral china, this makes for tea party heaven. Just don’t forget to add a subtle border –– in this case, our Stella placemat in grey –– to tie the tablescape together.
Play with Pattern for Dinner
Don’t be afraid to create a bold tablescape when dining outside. Prints can look excellent on a green backdrop, so long as you pick the right pattern to play with. In this example, we’ve chosen Gingham –– named the print of the summer by The Times.
When working with prints, we use a fail-safe formula that we leaked on our Instagram page. Our tip is to match pattern in two elements of your tablescape with a contrast in between. Opting for deep tones like dark charcoal and wine –– shades available in our custom Emilia linen placemat –– allow you to confidently play with pattern. The result? A daring yet delightful tablescape that looks like you are a professional.