Finally, the weather (and the pandemic status) are beginning to cooperate! Could it be that we'll be gathering together this season outside for some fun and frivolity, surrounded by some festive outdoor décor?
Many Rose Buds embraced a natural ambience over the last several seasons and I see that continuing into these warm, summer months. I love creating a quiet, welcoming atmosphere with beiges, off-whites and light browns when entertaining outdoors – leaving room for some pops of color either with the right accessory or some lively greenery.
If you’re ready to plan a menu for a get-together with dear friends or family (it’s been too long!), I've got some ideas for a natural table setting that works whether your table is wood or metal. Now’s a great time to lavish some attention on your patio décor.
Start the mood as soon as guests leave your home and enter the yard with this coconut fiber doormat. Instantly make visitors feel welcome and at home with a classic woven over and under pattern.
If you’re aiming for a coastal or nautical theme, here you go, skipper! This particular mat works well inside or out , though make sure if it’s outdoor, it’s under cover as wet weather may tarnish its smart appearance.
Let’s lead your friends and/or loved ones to an inviting table. This lovely runner is a great statement piece. It’s so charming, you don’t need to have a centerpiece. But it also looks great holding a clear vase full of seasonal blooms or greenery. Cut them right from the yard!
The intricate handwoven design and the neutral tone look perfect next to a variety of table colors and materials. Its tone also means nearly any color of dishware is going to pop next to it.
It’s time to get your guests chatting so give this conversation piece a home. The runner also makes a sweet surprise gift for the guest that can’t stop talking about it.
Depending on the size of your gathering, you may have a main dining table outside as well as a taller cocktail or side table. These parties may go from afternoon past dusk, so consider this feathery candle holder to add luminescence as the party goes past dark.
The delicate sprays coming off the ring are almost like paintbrushes whisping off the tiny wreath. Aside from a candle ring, it also makes a lovely wreath for a small window - or to hang on the back of each chair, if you’re really dressing your space up.
Here’s that ring’s big brother - in wreath size! Keep the natural outdoor décor theme going strong with this wispy addition to the door leading back into the house. The neutral wreath keeps it simple to accent a space. The brush line accents are sturdy and the whole piece is versatile for relaxed and modern looks.
If you want a showcase centerpiece that holds a receptacle or vase filled with flowers, greenery or stones, place this wreath around it to give it a feathery border.
Love your table and not the water rings that come with drinks and humidity? Well, our New England Rose Buds love this set because it's a little nautical but also modern. The four woven cotton rope coasters save your table from wear and tear. And they can be used by the beach, the mountains and everywhere in between.
Don’t be afraid to pair a little bit of white with your neutral tones. When it comes time for serving, add a modern flair to your rustic farmhouse tablescape. The juxtaposition of the marble and light wood works seamlessly together - and will wow your guests.
Imagine how delicious a charcuterie board will look atop this piece! Bring on the cheese, crackers, olives and more. Cut cheese on the marble section and let your crackers spill onto the wooden section. Or, try a “fruitcuterie” twist instead!
If you’re keen to offer coffee at the end of your meal or evening, you’re gonna need one of each of these sugar and creamer stoneware pieces. Sure it’s summertime but when the sun settles down, you might be ready for a cup of regular or decaf, right? Your friends will be grateful for the little boost for the ride home. And your sugar and cream will be safe from the elements, and bugs.
The creamer features a sweet white handle while the sugar bowl comes with the lid and a wooden spoon for serving. I love the shiny glaze on these, and imagine the flicker of candlelight bouncing off these darling pieces.
Boy, sometimes it’s a challenge to find the right style of napkin that fits in well for a modern farmhouse tablescape. These retro beauties are soft and have a pleasant, not overwhelming pattern. They look great inside wood or woven napkin rings and will look wonderful paired with many colors of dishware. Your guests will appreciate the added touch of real cloth napkins at their place setting, too.
We get a lot of requests for a shallow basket that can be used as a serving tray – and we love this one! Bring out some fresh-baked rolls and lay this piece right on the table. It’s got a natural wood tone, making it perfect to place on a variety of table styles or on a serving sideboard.
The basket keeps with our neutral, natural theme for the perfect summertime gathering.
We get asked a lot about how to set the perfect table. Setting a gorgeous table without going overboard is a challenge for all of us. But here’s a tip, each place setting needs a base, so consider these woven jute and cotton placemats.
They’re neutral, so they won’t compete with your dishware but they also fit right in on almost any style porch or patio table. Those block print napkins will look great folded on these placemats.
All you need to complete this great party is food, a couple bottles of chilled rose and your smiling friends. Welcome back to social time, Rose Buds, and good luck with your outdoor décor!