I’m absolutely delighted to bring you this summer table today, filled with gorgeous girly prettiness and some rather delicious baking. When Talking Tables got in touch to ask if I would style some products from their Truly Scrumptious I jumped at the chance, I have really fond memories of my mum buying plates years ago and only using them for special birthdays (we were so careful, we got SO many used out of them).
Apart from the tableware which has such a romantic nostalgic feel, I was inspired my a picnic Stanley, Milly & I had outside on the grass one evening – too tired to cook, we had fish and chips followed by a punnet of strawberries. It’s such a fond memory, I knew I had to include strawberries in the styling. When it comes to styling for children I don’t really change things too much from if I was to style for adults – I love disheveled layering which works across all ages and makes a table feel fun and inviting. My babes loved this set up, saying “wow” as they came round the corner and promptly helping themselves to fruit, cakes and meringues as soon as I’d finished shooting.
My aim is to always make the everyday beautiful so I styled this in a way that could be recreated inside or outside, garden or park – summer makes everything feel lighter and more relaxed and I wanted that to be reflected in the set up. Working from the ground up I kept everything loose – layering vintage fabrics and furniture with garden roses to compliment the beautiful partyware. The range is a pattern lovers dream so I went a bit ‘extra’ layering as many plates, doilies and napkins as I could, keeping to my favourite palette of yellows and pinks with a dash of turquoise. Layering, especially patterns is a really inexpensive way to add interest to a table, if celebrating inside you can mix these plates in with plain coloured ceramic plates but as its summer the plates and cups really lend themselves to outside celebrations being so pretty and light.
Handmade elements are really important as they really make a party feel unique. I made ribbon and string bunting plus went large with a simple sponge cake. I have written this table set up as a series of posts so I can’t wait to share the details that I created for this shoot over the next few weeks. Having a backdrop to a table really pulls the whole set up together, even if DIYing isn’t your thing a few metres of pre- made bunting will really set your table to perfection. You can use it to zone an outside space like I’ve done here (make use of any trees close by) or have it as a backdrop to an inside table, if you’re inside hang the bunting lower than you think for maximum impact.
Enough chatting – I’ll leave you to enjoy the images but don’t forget to come back soon for more delicious details. Links to the items are at the end of the post. Happy Summer! x
Thanks to Talking Tables for gifting the items above for the post – concept, styling, DIY’s and photography all me.