Summer is great for Al Fresco dining, and of course, we have Christmas in summer here in South Africa, so I thought I would put together a DIY Christmas tablescape for an Al Fresco dining experience.
Summer Christmas Tablescape
We had a heatwave over the Christmas time, so naturally, we wanted to be outside and close to the pool to cool down when necessary. We don’t have a roof over our porch, so I set the table on the lawn under the trees where there is enough shade for everyone. I used our white dining room chairs with a fold-up table.
- Red tablecloth
- Crazy weave placemats
- Silver underplates
- White dinner plates
- White side-plate with border detail
- Cutlery, serviettes of your choice and some rope or twine
- Pine cones, spray-painted or natural
- Glass bottles and paper straws
- Battery operated LED tealight candles and paper of your choice
I decided to stick with the traditional Christmas red, so I used a red table cloth. Then I layered the placemat, underplate and plates, topping them with a pine cone. I had a couple of spray-painted pine cones and used them for a bit of shine on the table, which combined well with the underplates.
I wrapped the cutlery in red patterned paper serviettes and tied them off with a piece of white rope – simple and easy, and placed it on the plate stack.
The glass bottles and paper straws worked perfectly for the home-made ice tea I prepared.
I used strips of paper to make lanterns of the tealight candles. Just wrap them around the candles and fix them with some double-sided tape. This, of course, works better with battery operated candles (fire hazard with real candles) and will make the table come to life if you dine at night.
I did not add a centrepiece – when everyone removes the pine cones from their plates – they become the centrepiece!
So what do you think? Simple and easy, it gives a picnic feel on the grass and under the trees, but the table adds a touch of glam. I always like to combine rustic/natural elements with some metallic items for my tables to balance the textures.
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Goodbye for now!