The end of summer bliss usually means crossing your fingers that Labor Day weekend will be full of sunshine, friends & checking in that your finally done with all those “fun” projects you had planned for your home. Ok, well some of us are obsessed with somehow perfecting our home…and I’m definitely on the list. As well as the list for needing more than 24 hours in a day. AND somehow just never getting everything on my own list done! Hopefully that’s normal? So to appeal to my naive side I fantasize about making the last official weekend of summer visually pleasing. One way is by inviting friends & the sunshine to an outdoor feast where easy to do table settings & laughter are on the menu.
Check out these hands-down, uncomplicated & budget friendly table setting ideas for a whole crew of guests or just your favorite few.
Simple & effortless, these tables don’t take much effort. Great for a last minute get together or even planned ahead…it will leave more time for you to finish up that project you still have in the kitchen. A monochrome table cloth gently covers any table. Use whatever chairs you have around and your everyday dinner dishes. The trick here is to “dress” it up by placing the table center stage on your back patio or on your lawn in-between those large beautiful trees. Then adding colorful flowers in the center. No tablecloth but colorful chairs? Well that’s all you need to have the look of the table below…and just bunches of large colorful flowers.
Want something a little more formal or really laid back? Oh, and on that user-friendly level? Take these great ideas from these party designs. The turquoise blue makes quite a statement and it’s simply a tablecloth! Any bright color top with contrasting napkins and flowers are eye catching on their own-so you done! OR if you’re at the beach, configure some well-balanced low lying table top. Then place light & clear table ware & vases filled with candles & flowers. No need for real chairs-get down in the sand on some large and comfy pillows.
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Feel the Martha Stewart coming out? Leaves, lemons (yes…oranges & even blueberries too!) and creative initials for each guest make this place setting flirty and indulging. Your guests will want to sit and see what’s in store for the evening. Being a good cook is not required…just a few good bottles of wine.
Want to be playful? What tops the entire place setting is what’s usually seen first (…you caught the initial thing above, yes?) Well, one idea is to use bandanas (mix colors too) as your serving napkins with fruit or flowers on top. How about after a group hike or trimming your own just-happen-to-have fern tree (or the like)…place the leaves tied on the napkin as well? If done on monochromatic place settings, it’s be an easy focal point for all to see.
The no brainer part of this whole table setting idea is that ANY type, color, size of a floral centerpiece is the key to outdoor entertaining. You don’t need to use your bucks and do something fancy. If you have your own flowers-use them now or buy something simple and the same color. Place them in tins or jars and just pack them in to make your friends gawk at all the effort you put into this lovely summer day. (Hint-don’t really tell them it was nothing-they won’t believe you).
Lastly, be a know-it-all and show off your place setting knowledge. You’ll want an informal setting that looks like it’s dressed for the Grammy’s. Dessert spoon & forks go at the top, in-between the salad plate and glassware (water, white wine & red wine). The knife & spoon to the right…and dinner fork and salad fork to the left.
Forget the REST of the house and that to-do list that just won’t get done. Enjoy next weekend and splurge your ideas on your friends…not your wallet!
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