Summer is here and we are expecting guests for a casual dinner party. Here’s my take on a simple table setting for guests, English Style!
Summer Table for Entertaining
We are glad summer is here! It’s been a long time since we last entertained in the summer. We don’t have an outdoor entertaining space and it just seems wrong to keep people indoors when it is so beautiful outside. However, we are having a few friends over for a casual dinner and a few games of Cribbage later this week. I decided to plan ahead and come up with a new look for our old table.
I spent a couple of hours looking at summer table ware in the stores. I couldn’t find anything I liked. Most styles are too modern and don’t fit my Traditional Farmhouse style. I also don’t like the idea of buying special dishes to use for a single occasion, so I decided to just stick with my everyday Liberty Blue Dishes, my Grandmother’s silver set and add some new accessories. I don’t fuss about shinning silver, I only clean it about once per year. To me the slight tarnish adds character and charm. It drives my Mother crazy. Oh well!
I purchased round placemats in a lovely farmhouse aqua and some patterned cloth napkins that remind me of English block printed textiles. That was it. Less is more in my book.
I feel like my dining room is finally looking put together! It’s been months since I painted it (read that post here), and for a long time I struggled to find the right look for the room. However, I have decided that I had all the right accessories, it just took me a while to figure out how to put them together. My mother’s fine art collection, our English style china and our massive thrifted dining table are pretty perfect just as they are.
Summer Table Center Piece Tips
For the center piece, I pulled out a chrome candle tray that I found at the thrift store. I added three glass milk bottles (also from the thrift store), and a few peonies and greens from the garden.
My glasses are simple high ball style, I am not one for frills and love the practicality of them. They are also easy to replace if we break one, which is a big plus. We use several sets of salt and pepper shakers on our long table, including a charming wooden set our son brought back from his trip to Europe. I love using Himalayan Pink salt in our shakers, so much prettier on the table and tastes great!
During the summer, I take the sheer curtains off our front windows to let in more light. Our dining area is adjacent to our small living room, both these rooms face north and are frightfully dark year round. By removing the curtains, even though they are sheer, we can make the most of the daylight hours this time of year. A few candles is all we need until the sun sets, and usually we are already in bed by then.
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