How To: Create A Colourful Summer Table


Perfect Summer inspiration: by Ben Pentreath

It’s already been quite a scorcher and there’s nothing better when the sun shines and the temperature rises than heading outdoors and making the most of al fresco entertaining. This Summer we’ve been doing lots of eating outdoors with family and friends and our tables seem to be getting prettier and prettier! As outdoor furniture tends to be basic, because of its practicality, it’s important- and really very easy- to create a memorable table, full of individuality and charm. We love colour so for us, it’s all about mixing and matching and making our table settings as happy and relaxed as we are!

To create a colourful Summer table, start with a tablecloth: plains, stripes, intricate patterns – all will work as long as the colours are summery and fresh. With napkins, try mixing and matching. We have stunning collections of very reasonably priced hand block printed napkins created for us in Japiur, which are so pretty on any Summer table. But try mixing these with some of you old favourite plain linens (Designers Guild have stunning collections of plain linen napkins in breathtaking colours each year and these work wonderfully well).

Pink is such a fabulous colour for any Summer table: hand block printed napkins at ibbi 4 for £20.00

The centre of the table should be colourful and stylish but this should not be expensive to create. Add colourful random glass vessels and pop in a handful of fresh flowers from your garden- there’s nothing quite like beautiful blooms to instantly transform your table. Take a look at our Mini Mia glass vases too- they’re great for individual stems and great value at just £7.00 each. Then add lanterns and candlesticks to create height, string overhead lighting or small tea lights if you can to add to the boho vibe and finish with an eclectic mix of colourful cushions and throws to complete the look.

Pop fresh summer flowers and greenery in to vintage lassi cups and Mini Mia bud vases to create instant colour


Happy Summer entertaining!

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