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Summer Entertaining

Summer Entertaining

With weeks of the wonderful British summer stretching ahead it is the perfect time to maximise on stylish entertaining. Whether for casual drinks, a smart lunch or an all-out party, a considered approach to styling can make a huge difference. We are constantly asked about different ways to accessorise tables, tents and dining rooms for maximum impact, so we thought that we would share some of our fail safe tips and ideas here.
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Birdie Fortescue Blog | Summer Entertaining Tips and Ideas
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Smart Indoor Lunch

Whether in the dining area of your kitchen or in a formal dining room, the key area here is the table. This is the perfect opportunity to use best linens and smartest accessories. To start take a view on the room as a whole and go for a colour to use as your main tone for key linens and accessories. We like to start from the cloth up but there are two different ways of approaching it: Either keep things simple and pair a busy patterned cloth with block colour placemats, simple napkins and co-ordinating glassware or go for a layered look using pattern on pattern for a pleasing clash. If you are using a bare table a runner can be very useful to add colour and texture. It is also a great way to define the centre run of the table as a space for decorative accessories, flowers and other accoutrements. 
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For a soft, textural look we have paired our Mulaayam tablecloth in Soft Denim with matching Jute Wave placemats, Mulaayam napkins and Linear cutlery. A mixture of Pulegoso bubble and plain glassware adds interest. For the centre of the table we would use a combination of Ribbed votives in blue and clear, frosted votives in blue with Potterie gourds and plaster vegetables for a fun twist. The key here is to create a feature flower arrangement in one of the largest votives (or two on a very long table) with smaller arrangements in the others using seasonal flowers in gentle blues, delicate whites and creams. Big, blowsy peonies are always a winner as are frothy heads of Ammi Majus and frilly Ranunculus. 
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Birdie Fortescue Blog | Smart Indoor Lunch with Blue Mulaayam

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Casual Outdoor Lunch

For an attractive outdoor table a runner is a good option. Lay places simply using placemats and napkins in bold colours with minimal glassware - maybe just a water tumbler and single wine glass. Arrange a selection of votives along the table and fill with flowers cut from the garden leaving spaces for big sharing bowls and platters. To add extra colour add co-ordinating cushions to each chair - a particularly welcome touch for metal garden chairs!
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Birdie Fortescue Blog | Bold Yellows for Summer Entertaining

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All out garden dinner party with a round table

If you are lucky enough to have a smart, old fashioned tent then this is a lovely starting point for styling. Begin with one of our large tablecloths folded in half to give a square and then lay with hand beaded placemats and plain napkins for a clean, co-ordinated look. Add Pulegoso tumblers in clear with a white and red wine glass, completing the setting with our Linear cutlery. 
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A round table gives ample opportunity for a really dramatic centre piece and depending on how much space you have we would suggest a big cluster of mixed vases - try our large Ribbed hurricanes with Potterie Gourds and a mixture of frosted votives. These can then be combined with Hexagon candlesticks. The different tones of pink and white will help to add interest and the varying heights will lend themselves to a range of floral arrangements. 
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For a lovely soft look try using pink foxgloves for height with peonies and roses. If you have some clematis in bloom then this makes a lovely addition and can look very attractive trailing along the table too. Any soft, draping greenery you have in the garden would be a lovely final addition. 
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Birdie Fortescue Blog | Ultimate Pink Dining Table

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Casual Evening Supper

For an easy to put together table setting combine our jute Wave placemats in natural with wooden handled Linear cutlery and pink Mulaayam napkins. A simple clear tumbler, white and red wine glass completes the setting. Decorate the middle of the table with a mixture of vintage ceramics (we like French confit pots for height and texture) and glass votives. If you don't have time for fussy flowers it is easy to create a sculptural arrangement with poppy seed heads and the heads and leaves of artichokes. Any foliage with a hint of russet and a bit of structure should finish the arrangement nicely. Add tealights to odd votives (leaving some empty) and your decoration is complete! If you feel that extra colour is needed a big, antique ceramic bowl filled with peaches will work very well with Mulaayam pink linens.
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Birdie Fortescue Blog | Summer Entertaining | Casual Indoor Supper Styling

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