Setting a table is one of my favorite things to do… and better yet, if it is al fresco! Over the years, I’ve been collecting dinnerware and linens, and accessories in just a few colors so I can turn all these items into endless and interesting tablescapes. My favorite colors to collect are blue and white. So, today I’m entertaining on the patio and sharing tablescaping tips and tips for collecting all things blue and white. Come on, let’s dine al fresco today!
Grab a drink of choice and settle in! I have lots of pictures and ideas for you today!
Today’s al fresco table is easy to set and casual. No placemats at the table, just a blue and white striped table runner that lends itself to farm-to-table dining! No fussy linens on this table. I want ones that I can pop right into the washer! And who needs fuss when you can have blue and white stripes!
Many blues work together. So don’t shy away from mixing different hues!
Each place is set with a simple white plate with blue banding. Simple but oh, so pretty! This is my new go-to plate!
One of my very favorite colors to mix together for fall is blue and orange! They are complementary colors and look FABULOUS together! Give it a try!
A cotton blue and white striped napkin is rolled up and held together by a pretty silver hammered napkin ring. For this tablescape, I’m mixing a few pretty silver pieces with more casual ones.
The stripes on the napkins give a nod to the table runner. Blue and white work any time of the year. It all depends on what you work in with it.
I was originally going to use only blue and white on this table until I saw these darling bowls! Go with your creative whims when setting a table. It should be an expression of you!
These little bowls are so different… so happy… so unexpected. I just had to use them.
Sometimes, when you find something you just love love love, you might want to pick it up even if you don’t know what you want to do with it. These bowls are a great example! I knew that they would become a favorite of mine!
Look at all the sweet patterns on the inside and outside of these bowls!
Colorful-handled flatware is perfect for summer! Collect them in lots of colors to mix and match! I mixed white and dark blue. How fun is that?
Don’t you love these so adorable hobnail water goblets? They are heavy and sturdy and so so girly!!!! They have an old-fashioned throwback charm. What a find!
The best tablescaping tip I can give anyone is… USE WHAT YOU LOVE! Don’t save things for special occasions. Make every day special!
To add another layer of blue and white, I put the glasses on coasters. Just like in decorating, layer… layer… layer! It’s the little details that make a nice tablescape a fabulous one!
Salt and pepper shakers… a little more silver on the table! The silver reflects the colors in the tablescape.
I collect blue and white cups and saucers. And then I mix them up…no matchy-matchy here!
It’s little things like this that make a table so fun to set and hopefully, as fun to sit at!
Small white milk bottles and vibrant cobalt blue shot glasses run down the table filled with just-picked garden flowers. If you have herbs, make sure to tuck some into your arrangments. They smell delicious! I used mint and dillweed flowers today.
I prefer to use nontraditional containers for flowers! Milk bottles, shot glasses, Mason jars, and small galvanized buckets. Think outside the box and repurpose household items to hold flowers or pumpkins or greens or Christmas balls, or whatever you use as a centerpiece.
Why don’t you sit down and have some nibbles and a drink before dinner?
It’s a nice idea to set up a bar cart on the patio. This one has wheels, and the top comes off to make a tray, so it’s light to wheel inside and outside.
The drink dispenser holds water infused with watermelon. YUM!
Here’s a look at the bar cart…
It is beautifully made and has a mirror tray top. This bar cart was a steal for the quality!
I used this hammered silver salad bowl to chill wine. It’s just the right size!
Appetizers are from the deli and produce sections of my grocer. If you are cooking a meal, buy the appetizers!!!!
Instead of spreading appetizers over a table, go vertical!!! So easy, and it takes up so much less space! I think we have a theme going here… easy! And easy can be pretty too!
Hope you enjoyed the al fresco dinner on the patio!
How about you? What color dishes do you collect? And if you have a tablescape tips share it with us!