Monday, May 12, 2014
Set Your Table With Flair--A Summer Soirée Under the Stars
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Even though it isn't quite summer, the warmer days for me mean it's time to entertain outdoors! No color captures and reflects beautiful sunlight quite like white; however, white can be just as stunning at night! In honor of Cuisine Kathleen's Tablescape Challenge on May 14, this tablescape will feature dishes passed on to my husband and I via my mother-in-law. These dishes hold special sentiment, as my mother-in-law died untimely of cancer. She was greatly missed this past Mother's Day. I hope you enjoy the post.
I began outside at dusk with a bright white tablecloth, setting the table under a canopy of trees.
Next, I created a simple arrangement using gladiolus and snapdragons. I love the long, elegant stems!
To give the arrangement a bit of sparkle, I added some silvery beads to the water in the vase.
Here is the arrangement, which I placed as a centerpiece.
Next, I placed a row of small floral votives on either side of the centerpiece.
To view the tutorial to make these, you may visit the post on my blog The Crafting Table by clicking here.
The plates were placed next,
followed by water glasses, flutes, and goblets at each setting.
To enhance the romance of an evening outdoor party (or soirée), I love the idea of candles in the trees. If you are fearsome of catching your trees afire, a great alternative is to use flameless tea lights. I placed a few in small jars with lids,
and a few in lanterns.
Place strategically into the trees. Unfortunately, there were a few dishes missing from the set, so rather than use salad plates, I placed a white napkin as a buffer before placing the saucers. After lighting the candles, my table was all set for guests to arrive. You may also choose to serve appetizers right at dusk, and have the guests seated for the main course just as it gets dark.
A few more shots:
Closeup of the setting:
From my collection:
Dishes, Noritake China 7565 Sorrento
Water glasses, goblets, and blue lanterns, Ikea
Napkins, generic, from HomeGoods
Small jars, TaiPan Trading
Flameless tealights, Ross
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