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Your guide to creating a stunning outdoor tablescape for your garden, terrace, or park gatherings this summer

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As the longer summer days beckon, creating the perfect tablescape for your garden, terrace, or park becomes essential when entertaining. Whether you’re hosting a barbecue, a brunch, or an elegant dinner, setting up a stunning al fresco table is the key to impressing your guests. This article will guide you through everything from table linens to cutlery, ensuring you host in style.

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One of the hallmarks of a captivating al fresco tablescape is the incorporation of feminine fauna and flora. Start with beautifully patterned dinner plates that add a touch of elegance to your setting. A glorious display of fresh flowers as a centrepiece not only brings colour but also a delightful fragrance. Opt for a green table cloth to create a natural backdrop, and accentuate it with floral patterned outdoor cushions for added comfort and style. These elements together create a lush and inviting atmosphere that is perfect for any summer gathering.

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Don’t be afraid to mix things up when it comes to colours, patterns, and textures. A tablescape that reflects your personality and creativity will always stand out. Combine bold hues with subtle shades, and don’t worry too much about everything matching perfectly. The charm of an al fresco setting lies in its relaxed, eclectic vibe. Whether it’s mismatched plates, a variety of glassware, or an assortment of napkin designs, the key is to have fun and show your unique style.

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While summer is often associated with bright, light colours, there’s no rule that says you must adhere strictly to this palette. Darker colours like a rich burgundy can create a sophisticated look, even in the warmer months. Enhance the ambience as the sun sets with glass jars filled with white candles. This not only adds a cosy glow but also a touch of rustic elegance. Embrace the freedom to use colours and elements that resonate with your personal style, regardless of the season.

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Rustic tablescapes never go out of style and are incredibly versatile, transitioning seamlessly from breakfast to dinner. The appeal of natural materials and earthy tones makes for a warm and welcoming setting. Incorporate wooden serving boards, woven placemats, and simple ceramic dishware to achieve this look. For cooler evenings, have extra blankets on hand to keep your guests comfortable. This practical yet stylish approach ensures your al fresco gatherings are memorable and enjoyable, no matter the time of day.

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