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Style Up Summer

Justin Patrick, <strong>Stylist</strong> Mia Vincent


Summer isn't going anywhere anytime soon and we're making the most of the soaring temperatures by entertaining outdoors. In line with this, we thought we'd offer up some inspiration for table settings for those alfresco soirees.

The image above was originally featured in our December 2015 issue. We love the gold dinner plates and side plates from Hemelhuijs for their natural regal charm.

Here are two more outdoor entertaining themes to feed your creativity:

garden party

Use delicious monster and strelitzia leaves as place mats alongside terrarium-themed light fittings, muted tones and splashes of gold for a fabulous summer tea party.

Insitu 1

Get the products:

  • White teacup and saucer with gold trim, POR, Aldona Pure Linen
  • Delicious monster leaves, R35 each (small) R45 each (medium), Alison’s
  • Lark pink quinn platter in smokey pink, R199, Country Road
  • Clear Tetrahedron pendant light,  R1 095, Pezula Interiors
  • Stem Print gift tag, R60 (for a set of 6), Skinny LaMinx
  • Vintage Rose cup and saucer, R199 (set of 2), @Home
  • Strelitzia leaves, R50 (for 2), Alison’s
  • Wonki Wear organic side plate in Bright Pink, R78 each, Leon at CCXIX
  • Seletti The Midas gold cutlery set by Seletti, R4 469 (24-piece set), Generation Store
  • Rosen Meal teacup and saucer with pink flowers, R195, Le Brocanteur
  • Gold eclectic sugar bowl and milk jug by Tom Dixon, R7 956,58 (includes tea set with tea pot, milk jug, tray and sugar bowl), Crèma Design
  • Royal Pip Collection pink teacup and saucer with blue flowers,  R265, In Good Company
  • Ceramic spoon rest in Duck Egg, R99,95, Woolworths
  • Gold teaspoons from The Midas Set by Seletti, R4 469 (24-piece set), Generation Store

beach picnic

The theme below is reminiscent of holidays, ice cream and sunsets. If you're preparing a picnic on the beach, the pink plastic sip cups from Woolworths are perfect, and if you're entertaining at home and looking for coast-inspired goodies, try braaiing marshmallows on sticks and using speckled sand-like table linen from Zana.

Insitu 2

Get the products:

  1. Spots place mats, R60 each (42 x 30cm), Zana
  2. Wooden cutlery, R385, 96 (set includes knife, fork, spoon and napkin), Generation
  3. Namaste plates by Jean-Marie Massaud for Kartell in grey, black and tortoise, R1864.78, A+I Unlimited
  4. Whole coconut, R16.99 each, Woolworths
  5. Outdoor Double Wall Sip Cup in pink, R99,95, Woolworths
  6. Jam jar with straw, R39,99, Mr Price Home
  7. Ice cream bowl in blue, R19,99, Mr Price Home
  8. Spots tea towel, R115 (48 x 60cm), Zana
  9. Pink and white marshmallows (150g), R14, 95, Woolworths
  10. Large sugar ice cream cones (12 pack), R43.95, Woolworths
  11. Black and white wrapping paper on cones, R7.50 per sheet, Cardies
  12. Lucky Lanterns (10 pack), R199, Typo
  13. Black and white stripe cups (12 pack), R60, In Good Company