Nothing quite beats a long summer evening spent dining alfresco, and with summer nearly upon us it's time to start styling up your sun-spot and garden ready for lazy afternoons in the sun! So to help you create a summer soiree tablescape that will surprise and delight your guests (and insta followers!) we have compiled our Top 5 Tips to style your summer table...
TOP TIP NO.1 - GLORIOUS GLASSWARE
When it comes to styling a beautiful summer tablescape, little details such as glassware can make all the difference. We recommend styling a few glasses such as water glasses, wine goblets and champagne saucers around your plates and bowls and fill jugs with your favourite cocktail mixtures for your guests to enjoy. In our opinion glassware is under-rated when it comes to table styling - glasses reflect light which can be particularly magical when you are enjoying a sunset dinner. Of course, we couldn't kick our 5 Top Tips off without mentioning beautiful La Verre Beldi Glassware!. These glasses have a lovely story behind them which we unearthed in our recent blog post.
TOP TIP NO.2 - PLATTERS, BREADBOARDS AND SERVING DISHES
You don't need to be a Michelin chef to make your food look and taste good! We've found that an easy way to make your food look and taste delicious is to serve it up on breadboards, platters, serving bowls, lazy susans and sharing bowls. It's great for your guests because they can pick and choose what food they want to eat and the colours and smells of the food really draw the eye - afterall, you do eat with your eyes!
TOP TIP NO.3 - BUILD LAYERS OF INTEREST
Layer your table with textures, patterns and objects of heights to add layers of interest to your summer table. An interior design trick that will create an instant focal point on your table, layer plates and bowls, fill vases with flowers or greenery, add napkins, quirky objects or ornaments and layer candlesticks and tealights all of which is guaranteed to add that wow-factor!
But if you really want to go all the way, then why not hang lanterns, lights or greenery over the table. We recently sourced some beautiful Japenese Lanterns that will absolutely steal the show over your summer table ... an easy way to add impact without much effort at all!
TOP TIP NO.4 - LIGHT IT UP!
Darlings... lighting is key! You've probably heard us say it a thousand times over, but we cannot stress the importance of how lighting can affect mood and the atmosphere of a room. Natural lighting is KING, so if you're hosting a summer soiree on a warm afternoon then you need do nothing more than sun worship, but if you prefer a darker, moodier setting, then you've got to get your lighting right.
If you want to create a cosy and intimate setting, then the beautiful flicker of candlelight is hard to beat. Mix tealights, pillar candles and candlesticks to create different layers of height, guaranteed to add drama and to top it off why not scatter lanterns around your table to add a cosy glow to your summer table?
If you're eating indoors or you simply want to keep it easy, then we recommend snaking fairy lights down the centre of the table or wrapping them around the back of your chairs. Alternatively, you could source a statement table light like our Flame Table Lamp , which is wonderfully unique, impactful and not forgetting the fact that it's super easy to style.
TOP TIP NO.5 - KEEP IT COSY
If you're dining alfresco, then you are going to want to add some cosy textures to your dining chairs, particularly if you are dining at night! Layer sheepskins, throws and blankets over natural textures such as rattan chairs for laid-back boho vibe or alternatively forget the chairs and create a Moroccan look with low tables such as your coffee tables or pallets. You can then dress it up with rugs, blankets and cushions for your guests to sit on! A fun and inspired way to dine alfresco!
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