The sun and warm weather are the perfect excuse to get together with friends and family in the evening or at the weekend.
If you’re inviting your guests over for dinner, there’s a lot you can do to make the summer party both fun and memorable. When planning your gathering, remember that the focal point should be the dining table, as this is where your guests will gather to eat, drink and sit during the meal, chatting and sharing stories with each other.
Whether you plan to bring the kitchen outside with a BBQ or al fresco dining, or you want everyone to enjoy your home cooking in the kitchen, your dining set should be impressive and set the scene, inviting guests and wowing them in an incredibly stylish way. atmosphere.
Below is a selection of inspiring summer dining table settings to give you some great ideas on how to make your table a real statement and your party visually stunning for your guests.
Yellow is a cheerful and appropriate choice for a summer kitchen table setting. For a casual yet stylish look, combine oversized sunflowers and delicate roses into floral arrangements and place them in the center. If you’re looking for something a little different, why not fill a simple wire basket with lemons and use that as your focal point?
Also make jugs of drinking water a little more exciting by adding slices of grapefruit, lime, lemon and orange. Alternatively, try putting together homemade lemonade and pitchers of citrus cocktails for your guests to sip on during the meal.
Compliment your decorative touches with yellow and white pottery. Also, add hints of robin’s egg blue and deep evergreen tones so that the overall look of the kitchen table remains interesting.
Vibrance, color and exotic patterns are essential for Indian summer themed gatherings, and can really help set the festive mood at its best.
Combine oranges, yellows and greens with a strong base color of pink, to really inject color and excitement into your dining set. Also, hang canopies in your kitchen or outdoor patio, put embroidered cushions on dining chairs and brightly colored spots glass tea light holders around. If you have some clear glass glasses and water jugs, place them around your dining furniture.
For the centerpiece of the dining table, place brightly colored marigolds and carnations in vases and place them next to candle-lit Indian lanterns, which glisten and glow in interesting exotic patterns as the sun sets over your party.
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Quaint and charming, an afternoon tea party can be a delightful way to spend time with your family and friends.
Choose a crisp white tablecloth and get out all your vintage china and lace napkins. For soft drinks and cocktails, bring out a selection of teapots, teacups and milk bottles and jam jars. Mismatched glasses and plates are recommended for a rustic and simple feel, while you can decorate the table with homemade bunting in pastel shades and gingham patterns for more appeal.
Present your dessert as the centerpiece of the table – go for a cake stand with sweet and decorative cupcakes or a classic Victorian sponge. For something a little different, why not fill a watering can with soft, pastel colored roses, sweet peas and hydrangea and place this on the dining table as a great talking point?
Think carefully about your table
By making sure your kitchen table is inviting and special for guests, it will help you create the right atmosphere.
When planning your dinner party, also think carefully about the number of guests you are inviting and whether they will be able to sit comfortably around the table. Make sure all guests have everything they need, including cutlery, glasses, salt shakers, napkins and drinks. Also, be careful about who you sit next to, so that everyone has the most enjoyable time.
By taking a creative and imaginative approach to the design of your kitchen and table, while thinking sensibly about the needs and wishes of your guests, you can put together an unforgettable summer party for people who visit your house during the season.
Paula Wilding is the Interim E-Commerce Manager at TJ Hughes, a discount department store specializing in home, technology, kitchen electronics and more. The store first opened in 1912 and now there are nine large stores across the country as well as an online store offering famous brands at a discount.