How to Set the Perfect Table for Outdoor Summer Parties
There's no better season than summer to make the most of your outdoor furniture. But, before you invite the guests and begin preparing the food, take a moment to consider the décor you will choose. Dining is about more than enjoying a meal, but it's the overall experience that matters to your guests. Check out the following expert-inspired ideas that can make your next event truly extraordinary.
Choose a Color Scheme That Suits the Setting
Part of the reason people flock to the outdoors is to enjoy the breathtaking array of colors the natural world offers. Take a tip from Mother Nature and choose vibrant tones that will create a festive atmosphere. For example, you could use an aquamarine tablecloth as the base of your design then accent it with blue or green flower vases filled with multi-colored wildflowers. Add crystal glasses, white China, silverware and brightly colored napkins and you've got a setting fit for royalty.
Pair the Ordinary With the Extraordinary
Some people think that anything tasteful must also be expensive. But this simply isn't true. You can find lovely products at mass merchandisers that are perfect for an outdoor dining experience. Plus, it's easier to enjoy yourself if you're not worried about a child or careless adult dropping one of your irreplaceable antique plates.
One idea is to use everyday items for the actual business of eating and accent them with a few carefully chosen upscale pieces. For example, you could mix up a summer salad in your prized porcelain serving bowl and let your guests help themselves using plates and silverware purchased at your local big box retailer. Or pour their coffee from an antique pewter pot into cups you picked up for a few bucks. This is an excellent way to enjoy the trappings of finery without breaking your budget.
Choose a Theme
A theme to your place settings is essential. It offers a center point around which everything else revolves. For example, here's a setting that's perfect for your Fourth of July dining party next year: start with a blue and white tablecloth, fill flower vases with red carnations and place them on the table for an all-American ambiance.
Of course, your theme doesn't have to pertain to a holiday. It can be anything that offers special significance to you and your guests. Simply choose colors and accents appropriate to the occasion, and you've got a stress-free approach to style that everyone will love.
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