Monday, June 21, 2021

Hostess Secrets for Creating a Summer Table

From Victoria:

Tabletops donned with breezy linens, fragrant blossoms, and cherished antiques are the site of countless cheerful summer moments. Under the tutelage of FrenchGardenHouse curator Lidy Baars, we explore ways for bringing joy to outdoor gatherings. In this exclusive feature, we share her top five tips on using time-swept pieces in your alfresco entertaining spaces.

Encourage a mingling of opposites.

“I love the mix of elegant antiques with shabby, vintage pieces, as well as some new finds,” says Lidy. In this vignette, she uses a new French linen napkin alongside storied objects while still maintaining a common thread of purple to tie them all together. Finding ways to bring the old and new together allows for abundant creativity.

Utilize color, especially from nature.

“Because we entertain outdoors, and the garden is usually a colorful backdrop, there is less need for decorating the tabletop than when entertaining indoors,” says Lidy. She and her husband regularly host guests in their outdoor haven, allowing the hostess to use Mother Nature as her decorating assistant. On this alfresco table, she unfurls a vibrant tablecloth to emphasize the sun’s yellow rays but opts for more simple serving pieces with her collection of ironstone. (Read more.)


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