Our first long weekend of summer had me thinking about garden tablescapes. Summer in the garden is the perfect spot to enjoy a casual meal alfresco.
When I set out to style a table, no matter the occasion, I always begin by thinking about the dining experience. After years of disordered eating, I now have a totally different outlook on food, and I am very much enamoured with the way the French approach mealtime.
I think that is why I love pretty tables so much. Taking the time to style to table sets the tone for a relaxed meal that begs those dining to stay awhile, slow down, and dare I say….turn of their cell phones!
The garden backdrop for this tablescape was mostly green, so adding a pop of colour with this pretty arrangement featuring flowers from the market and from my garden is the perfect centerpiece for this table.
A wicker wine basket I purchased for a dollar at a local thrift store gives a picnic feel to this pretty table.
The place settings are all thrift store finds. The crystal etched wheat pilsner glasses were a steal at a local church sale this spring. I got them for the bargain price of fifty cents each!
The china was found an antique store that was clearing these patterns out. The salad plate is Limoges and the dinner plates are Bavaria Schumann Original Bridal Rose. I used my Pier One white large dinner plates as chargers. Simple inexpensive linen tea towels serve as napkins.
A vintage glass jug holds filtered water, while a Dundee jar in this cutest metal stand holds dessert spoons.
Mismatched flatware and simple silver candlesticks with slim white taper candles round out this summer garden table.
Whether you have a lush garden filled with summer blooms or a tiny table for two on a balcony adorned with potted plants, why not elevate the every day and enjoy dinner in the garden this summer!
This is just one of the many tablescapes you will find here at Red Cottage Chronicles. You can find more here.
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