Saturday, November 5, 2011

Set an Outdoor Summer Table

Dinner in the Dunes

Cocoa-colored linens pick up the colors of the natural surroundings in this beachside table setting. Stylish print cushions add extra comfort to the wicker chairs, while a simple branch of coral makes a fitting centerpiece.

Posh Picnic

Jane Scott Hodges, designer of Leontine Linens, sets a stylish picnic table at her home. A rich palette takes advantage of late summer berries and blooms.

Wooden place mats balance the formality of silver goblets and fine china. Napkins by Leontine Linens feature a monogram in the table's palette.

Lucky Kids

Individual picnic baskets keep younger guests happily occupied and away from the breakables.

Cool Summer Blues

A table in the garden set with blue and white china gets a splash of citrus with yellow tulips and lemon ornaments. Miniature topiaries make reference to the garden setting.

Old Meets New

Old and new mix in the table settings: Antique blue and white china is layered on new lemon-yellow plates by Kate Spade for Lenox. Blue glassware strikes a casual note, while pretty table linens underscore everything with luxury.

Easy Does It

A menu served at room temperature simplifies things when you're entertaining outdoors. This table requires minimal preparation, with plates stacked and food served buffet style so that guests can help themselves (and you can, too!).

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