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If entertaining is my love language, planning food based parties and feeding people might be my love affair. I love watching and reading about great entertainers – those who cook really good food – simple food that begs to be shared and warms the soul, and set beautiful tables that initiate conversation so great that no one looks at their watch. I love a table that just begs to be lingered at – for a roasted chicken and champagne birthday dinner or a Sunday brunch with friends. The key for me, is having tabletop pieces that mix and match well and are elegant without being fussy (links to all the pieces at the bottom of the post). I think the key to that kind of inviting warmth is to make the table setting simple and beautiful – never overly complicated.
Layered elements, in a color palette that is at the same time trendy (hello blush colored glasses) and transitional (deep coral and soft tangerines with warm brown and gray), lend interest to the eye and a decadence to the table.
Paired with gold accents, the earthy gray plates and stained wood chargers are perfect for Sunday brunch with girlfriends, a big leafy salad for a luncheon or a roasted chicken and champagne dinner with friends.
Having self serve refills on the table feels comfortable and easy – so I like using pretty water containers and drinks that are easy on the eyes. It might be a silly detail, but it’s so easy to do, why not?
Centerpieces don’t always have to be fussy, complicated or even flowers. Fill a great container with greens from your own yard! This warm brown bubble glass is a great shape and height for candles or botanical centerpieces.
I snipped some fern fronds, oregano, and flowers from blooming monkey grass for a low (so we can see each other over them!) , seasonal, and pretty centerpiece.
Can we have a moment to talk about those blush colored glasses? With the corals and oranges they read pink and in my cabinet at home they’re just the softest blush. I’ve been trying to figure out how to incorporate blush into my home without committing to a piece of furniture or some other large investment piece – and these fit the bill perfectly.
Setting a table that is seasonal and elegant doesn’t have to be fussy or complicated. Above all it should feel warm, inviting, and make you want to sit and linger. Using season-less elements will help it roll effortlessly from summer to fall and into winter then spring with just a few swaps and color changes.
Shop the Look:
Aerin Floral Placemats / Coral 100% Linen Napkins / Driftwood Chargers / Charcoal Element Plates / Blush Glasses (available in-store) / White Textured Stoneware Bowl / Small White Dipping Bowls / Faceted Bubble Glass Vase / Glass Bottle for Water / Sparkling Pink Lemonade
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And check out Stephanie Sisco’s Easy DIY Centerpiece: