Setting a Summer Table

 

The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer and we're all feeling the pull of the great outdoors. It's high time for summer barbecues, garden parties and alfresco entertaining.

 
The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer and we're all feeling the pull of the great outdoors. It's high time for summer barbecues, garden parties and alfresco entertaining. What are the secrets to a great summer table? From tips on table linens to centerpieces, here is all you need to know when setting a summer table.
 
Start at the base with a nice linen tablecloth. You can also mix things up by layering multiple table runners either one next to the other, or on top of each other if you have a round table.  This will set the tone and colour scheme for your entire table.
 
Next up comes the tableware: think of what you’ll be serving and how many courses there will be on the menu in order to determine what you’ll need. Layer chargers, dinner plates and entrée plates. For glassware, think of having a variety of glasses (two or three) for different types of beverages. 
 
Some like to have napkins and flatware on each side of the plate, but I like layering them on top of the plates for a more casual look. Do whatever feels right and have fun with it. Tie utensils together with a string bow and place on top of the napkins, or embellish them with a single flower or branch from the garden (I love using lavender or thyme). 
 
Decorate your table with a colourful centerpiece. If you have it professionally arranged, you may want to use a beautiful opaque vase to hide the plain glass vase provided by the florist. You can also create a centerpiece yourself with flowers or plants from the garden. Always accessorize the table with a variety of small candle votives to create mood lighting. 
 
Finally, add a few essentials such as salt and pepper shakers, tall glass jugs for water and voilà! You’ve got yourself a beautiful outdoor table ready to welcome all your guests. Just make sure to plan a menu that’s easy to prepare in advance for a stress-free evening!
 
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