Pretty tabletop ideas from dawn till dusk.
Make the most of the great British summer time and take your entertaining outdoors. Whether you have a small terrace, a country garden or simply looking for inspiration to head out into the countryside, we’ve got some great ideas to make the most of the long summer days.
Nothing says summer like having breakfast outdoors and these melamine plates by Linea at House of Fraser have a pretty nautical motif and are a great outside essential, the anchor stripe dinnerware range is perfect for bringing summer charm all year round.
Outside dining does not always need to be low key and can have a refined sophisticated look, we love these Dansk dining chairs by Gloster, made with a teak frame and durable rope seat, they have been specifically designed for outdoor use and the sleek Scandinavian look will have timeless appeal. If space is no problem then constructing an outdoor kitchen or workstation is a great focal point for outside entertaining.
Poolside style can be achieved even if a pool is nowhere to be found. Choosing a vivid accent colour such as turquoise for soft furnishings creates a Mediterranean feel, adding hits of tonal shades keeps the look sophisticated. Festoon lights and paper lanterns are great to stretch day into evening and a good way to add some summer fun to the party.
If your in the back garden or the local park why not take your picnic up a notch with heaps of comfy cushions and lots of blankets on the floor. The Parisian Blue Dot throw in washed linen by The Linen Works will age beautifully. Keep colours in neutral tones of blue, whites and pale greys for a calm, relaxed feel.
Looking for more great outside ideas? Why not take a look at 10 of the best outdoor furniture sets.