For my Summer Fête table décor I went for an elegant table setting: I used white modern oval plates and clear glass chargers from a contemporary inexpensive Finnish brand, litalla. My favorite burlap table runner from the Pottery Barn served as a perfect canvas for the luscious bright green orchid flower arrangements. To stay consistent with the overall color palette I used light yellow cotton napkins to decorate each place setting. It looked casual enough and yet the orchids made the table pop and look exotic.
To secure the flowers in the vessels I simply cross-patched them with the scotch tape and tucked the flowers in along with some green leaves I purchased at the flower shop. The $25 I spent on one orchid stem went a long way in creating the luscious vibrant table centerpieces. I cut off the individual buds from the stem and incorporated them separately into each arrangement for added depth and elegance. The flowers will last for more than a week with just a water change every other day. The orchids vary in color from deep purple to fuchsia, light yellow to bright green; choose the one that will match your mood, or your dinnerware for an elegant table décor. I picked this flower specifically to compliment the food I was going to serve on the table.
I like using these ceramic ramekins, as seen above, not only for petit soufflés but also as a vessel to hold my flower arrangements. The ramekins are the most versatile item in your kitchen, these in particular, are designed by Juliska – a design-led company based outside of Prague but can be found in every major store in the US.
The dewdrop looking bubbles, circling littala’s Kastehelmi chargers, reflect the light at the table beautifully. Made of high-quality glass in a delicious assortment of vivid colors, these chargers are made for mixing and matching in fun combinations. I like to use mine as a cake platter or the tray for small hors d’oeuvres.
This burlap runner from Pottery Barn is one of my favorite. It added some texture and casual appeal to this otherwise simplistic but yet elegant tablescape.
The friends whom we invited to our Summer Fête dinner also have a great taste in music and have consistently contributed to our collection by bringing various CDs from Europe. We played our favorite Café Del Mare album for a cozy, relaxed atmosphere.