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Leaves are about to fall and change as bright bold colors paint the landscape of all the trees, the first hint of chill is in the early morning air as summer turns into fall. The weather is still enjoyable to gather and dine alfresco style, so make your outdoor dining table a cozy place to be with nature’s picturesque window as your backdrop.
For today’s inspiration post, I would like to share a few ways on how I transitioned my tablescape from late summer to early fall and how I let nature and some of the elements of the season dictate the items I chose.
‘Tis the season for warmer tones! Color is key when it comes to pulling a theme together. Pick a palette and choose colors that whispers fall. Blue hues will transition easily into the early days of fall. My hydrangea centerpiece includes a cluster of various colors such as, cream, light and dark blue, and light purple. Flowers makes any type of gathering a special one!
Here, I dressed the table with a quilted fabric that automatically gives off that cozy blanket type of feel and coordinates well with the color palette of the flower arrangement. I paired the blues hues with a plum color.
You want the color scheme to flow throughout your table. Limit yourself to colors in the same tint family. To create a sense of continuity, select one or two colors and then use variations of it.
Considering its warm color, the ideal metal for fall is the earthy look of copper. The copper hue resembles a burning fire. To bring more of that copper color, I used my two-tier copper tray and filled it with grapes and dates that purposely have that purple hue.
Rather than using one color drinking glass, I decided to incorporate mismatched color glasses. I used a blue and deep purple color – it added a bit more interest to the table.
- Dinner Napkins
Dinner napkins are stretched across the salad plate. I love the natural feel and organic look of the cotton dinner napkins. The fringe details of these napkins resemble that of a cozy throw! The pattern design of the napkins coordinate well with the dinner plates and the colors match perfectly. For a decorative touch, the napkins are accented with a stem of Larkspur that are similar in color to the hydrangea centerpiece. A single stem makes a great place card – extra touches make the table extra festive and will guarantee smiles on your guests faces!
- Dinner Plates
Since it is still summer, I wanted limited bold colors because that would have given off more a moody vibe. I went with a neutral beige dinner and salad plates to balance the two bold primary colors. If you noticed – the flower vessel is the same creamy beige color as the dinnerware. A good rule of thumb when choosing colors is two have at least two places with the same color!
- Charger Plates
For a rustic touch, I used dark brown rattan round charger plates. The color resembling that of a tree trunk. The dark brown grounded the cream-colored dinner plates.
Toast the upcoming fall season and move the party to the yard, patio, or deck. Watch the sun go down and relax and enjoy!
-Photos + Tablescape Styling by Rose Angel Lopez
If you were to ask me what is one of the best things of summer, I would have to say the ability to go out front or in our backyard and clip some peonies and hydrangeas we have planted. Growing flowers for cutting is such a joy for me so that I can transform into beautiful arrangements, big or small. Also, having readily available flowers are perfect for those days when you have an impromptu gathering or last minute guest visits. It’s a relief when you don’t have to rush out to the grocery store or florist to pick up some fresh flowers!
I noticed that a few of our hydrangeas were at its fullest bloom and if I didn’t cut them, they would eventually die. So I was inspired to create two different arrangements…one for outdoors and one for indoors. Keep reading to see how I created these two ideas for a simple DIY vase arrangement.
Outdoor Arrangement: displayed in a ‘Window Box Planter’
Since this is the season that we spend those most of our time outdoors, I’m always looking for ways to create centerpieces ideal for our outdoor dining table.
To achieve this look, I cut (8) hydrangeas and several leafy hydrangea stems. To arrange the hydrangeas, I used a large glass flower frog. Glass flower frogs are reusable pieces that sit at the bottom of a vase and securely hold your flower arrangement in place, while still getting water.
- A long window box planter (mine shown here is 24″)
- A vintage glass flower frog (size: large/13 hole)
How to assemble:
- Place your flower frog in the center of the planter box
- Fill your planter box with warm water
- Cut your first hydrangea stem to size and insert it in the middle hole of the flower frog. Make sure your hydrangea stem touches the bottom of the base so it can drink the water.
- Take off the leaves on the lower part of the stem (you don’t want the leaves to be submerged in water. Continue to insert each hydrangea stem into the flower frog holes. The center of the arrangement will give you a nice full-looking centerpiece.
- For the left and right sides of the planter box, you will want to fill these empty holes with the greenery leafy stems to add fullness.
Indoor Arrangement: displayed in large glass Cylinder Vases
Whether you’re looking to dress up your dining room table with a centerpiece, decorate a buffet table, or bar cart, these tall arrangements definitely have a wow factor and are very grand! I wouldn’t suggest this type of flower arrangement when setting up a tablescape because viewing your guests will make it difficult to conversate. If you have kitchen island, a couple of these arrangements in various sizes on your counter, will look amazing. Our dining room table fits seating for eight and displaying these large arrangements adds a bounteous cheer and a stunning touch of decoration.
- 16″ glass cylinder vases (depending on the size of your table will determine how many you can fit)
How to assemble:
- Fill your cylinder with water and insert hydranges. If you have a very large bloom, I inserted only one stem and also included the stems of the hydrangea leaves.
-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez
I recently featured on my insta story, these vintage light blue glasses that my mother bought for me while antiquing. She knows how much I adore colored glassware and my vintage glassware collection is ever-growing! The best part is my mom only paid $0.50 cents for each one!! Amazing, right?! I was inspired to create an outdoor summer tablescape using these glasses and since I do enjoy using my “nice dishes” on our outdoor dining table, I chose dinnerware that coordinated nicely. So today I wanted to share the details with you…
I decided to layer a simple white square dinner plate (that I wanted to serve as a charger) atop white bone china that has a light blue paisley motif. The dinner plate fit perfectly inside the circular indentation of the square plate. I decided against using my salad plates since it had the same design and I didn’t want to be too “matchy”, so I set them aside (In this instance, I would bring out the pre-plated salad to my guests.) As for the flatware, I added a bit of elegance with my striking gold place setting for that bit of sparkle.
Since my color scheme was blue, I knew the perfect flowers to adorn the center of the table would be blue hydrangeas! I was lucky that the grocery store had an abundance of fresh blue and white hydrangeas to choose from. I housed my cluster of arranged hydrangeas in this clear Serafina Vase that has a beautiful clear & white ombré effect!
Finally, I used my Calvin Klein painted floral dinner napkins in a coordinating blue. I pulled the napkins through my Oleg Cassini crystal napkin rings. To complete the look, I tucked some flower petals inside each napkin ring for a soft and delicate look.
I wanted the look of the table to be light and pretty like the soft clear blue skies and puffy white clouds. By keeping the table essentials monochromatic with the same tone-on-tone and a hint of gold because after all a bit of glamour never hurt anyone…I’m happy of the way it turned out and how airy it looked with the outdoor greenery as the backdrop! Hoping you are feeling inspired to create your own blue-inspired tablescape for summer entertaining!
-Photos + Table Styling by Rose Angel Lopez