Initially, my vision for this dinner party danced to the tune of a summery al fresco tablescape. After a particularly drizzly May, the excited expectancy of warmer weather quickly went up in flames, however, as June forsook its typically moderate heat index in favor of a monthlong 100° average! We've been mostly cowering indoors ever since. So instead, here is an interior summertime table setting shot at golden hour.
The idea originated a few months ago when, one chilly spring morning, I spotted these delightful marigold and aqua dishes at a local antique shop. Displayed atop an equally aqua and vibrant vintage outdoor patio set, they stirred my longing for warm summer nights and late night dinners on the patio. I then remembered the vintage floral tablecloth I'd been stowing away for years, waiting on the perfect occasion, and surmised that maybe they might just be perfect together.
In reality, they kind of aren't. I think I must have been remembering the tablecloth through aqua-colored glasses. While there is a speck of blue in it, primarily it offers a prairie of green and yellow stylized mod flowers stretching far and wide. No worries, instead of the polished Italian Villa setting I'd originally had in mind, I decided to go with something a little more casual, mod, and bohemian.
I picked up these indigo inspired napkins at Ikea. The cobalt decanter makes the perfect vase for freshly clipped backyard blooms and yellow billy buttons. I also really like how the pop of blue ties in the napkins and works with the aqua in the plates. There's already a lot of pattern and bold color happening, so clear mason jars offer a nice respite. Plus, what says Summer Sangria better than mason jars?
Finally, I added the glow of (battery operated) tea lights in small brass lanterns (found in the Target $1 Spot long ago), and some tapers in my favorite mid century candlesticks for height.
Despite not being able to enjoy this setup outside, the bay window's close proximity to the golden setting sun and exterior greenery isn't so bad. The comfort of constant AC is also nice.
*Thank you for the photos, Luke!