Alfreso dining – table decor Idea
You do not have to use matching sets of furniture or crokery, your outdoor dining area can feature a combination of textures , tones and designs such as having a stone table and a doily table runner. I am not an expert or anything like that, but mixing texures makes the decor look more relaxed and gives a natural look. If need be, remember to furnish the area with stylish weather-resistant chair covers, after all in this country even when its warm the weather can still be unpredictable. My outdoor table is not long but the size works well for entertaining small groups. It sort of mimics a stone style design that allows freedom to decorate the table with an earthy aesthetic, boho or romantic style. I have noticed that the more neutral your table colour is , the more freedom you have to go all out with bright colours if you want to.
Colour is always a great way to add personality or a theme to your night. I anchored the table with a light doily table runner for a bit of a vintage feel ; then layered the table with patterned napkins. It is not always neccessary to follow traditional table setting styles but I have always liked the way the table looks when set with a charger plate under the dinner plate . Some people love the idea of using place cards when they are hosting a dinner party but I tend to think its best to allow people to sit wherever they want to. If I was to invite a group of people that did not all know each other I would most likely pop to Hobby Craft and buy some hand painted style designs. Nothing too fussy more so to be used as an icebreaker if needed.
I personally find thet creating an outdoor dining room atmosphere within your back garden, works best with informal laid back accessories such as using empty wine bottles as candle holders. Plain linens and lively flowers give an air of elegance to the space but also look pretty enough to impress your guests without you having to blow your budget. Splashing the table with lush blooms of jewel toned flowers always looks warm and inviting. You can if you feel it works with your theme forgo plain white crokery with a for a mix of pastel coloured plates and glasses. For added colour I used mauve coloured glasses from Kate Alice along with contrasting pink , green blue coloured plates. I sometimes think the more outside the box the dinnerware is the more natural and relaxed the table looks. I decided to stick to the silver flatware though, just to ground the different colour schemes I had on the table.
I guess the most important thing to remember is that the table set up and the atmosphere should feel relaxed, there are no rules. Feel free to lay the table with what you love, and what you are drawn to, it should not feel like you had to go through a lot of labour just to set the table. Make both the table and the evening your own and don’t forget to have fun!