When I’m styling a table for entertaining, I always start with an inspiration piece — something that sets the tone and palette for the whole scene. When I received this beautiful geranium printed tablecloth in the mail (from Roller Rabbit, my favorite place to source table linens) the bright punchy pinks and deep jewel-toned greens had me hit the ground running for this colorful summer garden party. The colors in the table linens just happened to be a perfect match for some of the pieces from Target’s new Opalhouse line — and I love how their plates and cups are melamine which are perfect for outdoor entertaining (and all meal-times with kids!). I picked some of the teal colored pieces and layered them on top of fun, ornate jute chargers. Using a charger is such a great way to add texture and depth to a place setting. For summer parties, I always like to keep things on the casual side, so I tied off the matching fabric napkins in knots for a laid-back vibe. The place setting was paired with very simple gold flatware that also comes from Target; this line is open stock — so you can buy exactly how many forks, spoons, or knives you need, and it’s a steal for under $2 per utensil. It looks really luxe, but isn’t too precious for using with a relaxed summer menu. I finished off the look with some fresh flowers in a few clear glass vases and jars, keeping with that unfussy theme, added a few pink candles to pull the colors from the linens, and poured some rosemary infused water into the goblets for the final touch!
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