There are certain days that just call to be celebrated… an unusually balmy fall afternoon, the first crisply cool evenings of the season. When the weather’s nice, it’s all about being outdoors – and that means dining al fresco. I love the look of white tablecloths outside. They are a wonderful foil to the colors of nature.
Al Fresco Table Linens
Today, we’ll highlight our Vanilla Glacé table linen collection, and put it together in a wonderful scenario for an outdoor party. Vanilla Glacé is a white on white, 100% cotton cloth, embellished with gold accents, and replete with an elegant, global sense.
It’s perfect for outdoor dining. By candlelight, the gold edging will shine in a way that’s almost magical. In soft afternoon sun, the bright whites will dazzle. Use this as the inspiration for your party, and the decor will fall perfectly into place. I’ll suggest a few more pieces to add to your Vanilla Glacé dinner, and I think you’ll see how special the look will be…
First, consider sturdy and natural seating. I’m partial to wooden folding chairs because of their style and functionality. So perfect for those of you who like to entertain! If intimacy and comfort are your style, then you might like to invest in a set of sturdy, woven, cushioned chairs, like these from West Elm. The simple, organic colors of either of these chairs will look just right against a white tablecloth.
Outdoor Party Lighting
If your gathering is in the evening, then lighting is something you have to think about. There are so many opportunities to really create a wonderful, atmospheric sense with candles and lanterns…these just may make your party!
If you have time, choose a vintage look DIY lighting project, like these hanging votives seen in Sunset. A similar warm look can be achieved with a little less fuss by using LED lanterns, like the set below from Save On Crafts. These are great if you want to light a larger area. Table lighting turns to a twinkle with pin-hole lanterns (see the Season Hurricanes from Not Neutral below), and overhead lighting is nothing but festive when you string globe lights across your outdoor room!
Natural Fall Centerpieces
Since you’re already surrounded by the best decor around (the wide, wide world!), go simple and natural with centerpieces. Assemble found objects (branches, fall fruits, nuts, gourds) and add candles and glass canisters for a look that glows.
The Vanilla Glacé Dining Collection
Our Vanilla Glacé table linens are available in several dimensions of rectangular tablecloths, table runners, round tablecloths, and lovely dinner napkins. Any of these will add a unique, hand-crafted feel to your next outdoor dinner party. (Can’t you just imagine a few round tables, covered in white, outdoors and filled with friends and family)?
Putting it All Together
Mmm… I love this look. Isn’t it wonderful all together? You’ve got to see that gold shimmering by lantern light. It’s a dream. Hope we’ve inspired you to a bit of outdoor magic this fall…Grab your Vanilla Glacé and go!
For more ideas on outdoor dining (and indoor too, for that matter!) see our entire collection of ideas for Fall home decor!