Tablescapes On The Marsh
We are getting anxious to be able to spend time dining alfresco here in the Lowcountry. It is still incredibly hot here, but we know that the cooler weather will be here soon.
You can look forward to our Tablescapes On The Marsh series as we move into the Fall season and spend more time outside on our deck. We never get tired of our view and spending time outside with a good book and an iced tea or glass of wine – is a perfect way to relax! And, of course dining alfresco with friends is one of our favorite ways to entertain.
Curating The Perfect Setting
When we set our table we like to incorporate items that we already have around the house. Here are some elements that will take your tablescape to another level:
- Mix and match china and pottery. We learned this from Martha Stewart many years ago. You will notice that none of the patterns match in this table setting, but somehow they all work together
- Add some botanicals. We added some fresh hydrangea and a preserved topiary to add interest
- A stack of books provides an area to showcase items. They also add height to your table display which makes it more appealing
- Always use your finest crystal and accessories. We know that there are beautiful lucite glassware and melamine dishes available, but we prefer the real thing. If this was a picnic at the beach we would bring out the picnic items to ensure that nothing gets broken
- Candles are a must! There is nothing like enjoying a meal with friends and family around a table by candlelight
- A touch of whimsy is always a nice addition. We found the adorable miniature dog salt and pepper shakers recently at an antique shop – aren’t they the cutest?
- Our view overlooking the marsh makes every setting special. Find a spot in your yard or on a patio and just set up your table there. When we visited Italy, we noticed that the Italians would set up a formal table out in the middle of a field or their yard which made such a special setting
- You can place a nice bottle of wine or a “signature cocktail” in a pitcher right on the table for your guests to help themselves
- Since we now live in the south, we always add a few coastal “touches”. Add a bowl of shells, place some shells in your hurricane candle holder or just strategically place some around the table
- A simple table runner or cloth, placemats and linen napkins add the finishing touches
Creativity And Imagination Are The Keys To A Successful Setting
So, as you can see it just takes a little creativity and imagination to create the perfect spot to enjoy your meal. After all you spent time and effort to create a delicious menu and should set the scene to enhance the experience.
Look forward this fall to more Tablescapes On The Marsh.