Table Setting: Dining Al Fresco
Dining Al Fresco

It has been quite some time since we shot a table setting outdoors, but with all the warm weather and sunshine lately, we finally had a chance last week. Meghan carefully constructed this cheery, summer-themed setting, incorporating plenty of contrasting pieces that each held their own, but also worked in unison with each other.

There was a distinct plaid/check pattern throughout, appearing in the brightly colored Libeco Home Indiana napkins, Sabre Tartan stainless steel flatware, and the Sabre Gingham Charm salad servers. The vibrant red Chilewich placemats made for a lovely backdrop, and the brightly painted fruits and vegetables of the Arabia Paratiisi dinnerware continued with the summery theme. Meghan mentioned the table had a subtle homage to independence day, but without the real traditional red, white, and blue look. She added hurricanes along the center of the table, a classic go-to decor item for outdoor dining.

Photo 1: Al Fresco table setting at a glance. Each setting was marked with a Chilewich Basketweave Rectangular Placemats in Red.

Photo 2: Simon Pearce Hartland Hurricanes (sizes medium and large) were set along the middle of the table. Here you can also see the iittala Essence White Wine Glasses.

Photo 3: Individual place setting: iittala Teema Dinner Plate in Blue, Arabia Paratiisi Salad Plate, and iittala Teema Bread and Butter Plate in Blue. Atop the dinnerware is an iittala Essence Tumbler with a Libeco Home Indiana Napkin. Flatware is the Sabre Tartan 5-piece Place Setting.

Photo 4: Side shot of the table. The Libeco Home Indiana Napkin is featured here, tucked into an iittala Essence Tumbler.

Photo 5: iittala Teema Serving Bowl in Blue

Photo 6: Arabia Paratiisi Serving Bowl 9" with a Sabre Gingham Charm Salad Set in Lapis Blue.


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