Pull together a beautiful table setting outdoors using garden green and white as your guide.
When spring and summer gardens are peaking in color and growth, it’s the perfect time to move your entertaining outdoors to enjoy the beauty of either late afternoon or mid morning in a cozy, shaded spot that will keep guests comfortable in the heat.
Place your centerpiece or focal point at the end of the table instead of the center so you won’t obstruct your guests’ view. The focal point here is a grouping of candlesticks, moss balls, and small concrete planters found in the garden shed. Combine potted plants and herbs with a few cut flowers for an easy and cost-efficient floral design.
This table has a romantic, English garden feel. The linens are an unexpected mix of an antique damask tablecloth, a dupioni silk fabric remnant puddled down the middle as a table runner, and luncheon napkins in a buffalo check with fringed edges. Mix and match china patterns to add color and texture.
Personalized place markers crafted from small, whitewashed terra-cotta pots will make guests feel welcomed to the gathering. Plant them with an evergreen like creeping Jenny or a small herb like rosemary. Curl the wire at the end of floral picks to create a paper clip, attach cards with your guests’ names on them, and secure the pick in the plant. These arrangements also double as party favors.
If you have a birdbath near your table setting, clean and dry it out for a quick and clever way to house your drinks.