Set the table for summer
May 29, 2018
Summertime—and the entertaining should be easy, right? It’s time to be outdoors and enjoy, so we asked Corey Field, our visuals manager, for some quick tips on setting a summer table.
- Add easy pops of color. For outdoor settings, Corey likes our enamelware, because it’s a bright pop of color and so easy to use. A favorite combination of his is a Parchment Check Enamel Charger Plate or a Courtly Check Enamel Charger Plate, topped with a ceramic Taylor dinner plate in either our Aalsmeer pattern (named for the North Holland region that’s known as the flower capital of the world) or our Bearded Iris pattern (named for the colorful irises on our farm). Other Taylor patterns that he likes for their summery look are King Ferry (a mix of checks, flowers, and scallops) and Summer Frock (florals, stripes, and dots in sherbet colors). All of our Taylor dinnerware, by the way, including the retired patterns, is available in our shop in Aurora, New York. Finally, if you’re on the go and want your gathering to be a moveable feast, go with plastic picnicware that’s pretty and practical. Try our BPA-free melamine pattern, Florabundance, which is covered in a variety of bold flowers, poppy hues, and playful checks.
- Look to layer. Layer plates and layer linens, combining color and pattern to make cozy combinations that add interest to the table. Even a hint of a layer adds to the mix, so introduce a plate with a scalloped edge, which will have an impact whether it’s the bottom layer or the top layer. Your setting should be about creating what Corey calls “layers of life.”
- Think outside the box. Fresh flowers are in abundance this time of year, so it’s easy to incorporate them into a tablescape, but why not think outside the box and do something surprising? Corey likes the idea of creating a focal point by filling a large piece of enamel servingware with ice and using it as a container for bottled drinks. In addition to flowers, include fruits and vegetables and use what’s fresh and local in the tablescape. One of Corey’s favorite centerpieces includes green grapes and bunches of blooming green hydrangeas. Says Corey, “Think like a smart chef. Work with what’s in season.” And speaking of the season, add an element of summer to the tablescape. It could be small American flags at each setting to celebrate Memorial Day, Flag Day or the Fourth of July, or the bright, bold pop of red bandanas used as napkins.
Lastly, relax and remember there aren’t any rules other than to savor the season and the friends and family that are making the occasion so special. Corey says your table should be as unique as you are. “Choose what speaks to you, what makes you happy, and what brings a smile to your face.”