While entertaining outside was a necessity last summer, we hope our meals outside will be more joyful now that we are better prepared. Whether it’s a cup of coffee in the morning sun, an elaborate dinner under the stars, or a long lunch with family and friends, now is the perfect time to prep your patio for what lies ahead.
Navy stripe umbrella, Business & Pleasure, €306; www.smalltable.com.
Pistachio and yellow floral umbrella, €340; www.interiorsatelier.ie.
First, think pergola, canopy or parasol – the prettiest (like these tasselled versions above) will sell out fast. Then table and chairs – a mixed assortment works outside. Then arrange groupings of planters with ivy, box, hydrangeas, greenery and colour that will last all summer. Finally, consider palette: our bet is to go with green, pretty, elegant and fresh.
Green taper candles, bundle of eight for €6.84; www.signaturerentals.ie.
Dunster House Utopia Gazebo, 3m X 3m, £1,375; www.shedfactoryireland.ie.
Off-white scalloped edge dinner set, €120, www.lovenest.ie.
Cabbage earthenware dinner plate, €14, www.arket.com.
Green floral charger, Richard Ginori X Cabana, €225 for two, www.cabanamagazine.com.
Green Kyma porcelain bowl, Themis Z €54; www.matchesfashion.com.
For the freshest releases in summer tablescapes, consult the experts …
PR queen Tara O’Connor has launched her long-awaited table linen and accessory business, The Designed Table, stocking a vibrant collection of smart tablescape must-haves. Cotton tablecloths, from €65; cotton napkins, €40 for four; www.thedesignedtable.com.
In realisation of the magic that candles create in a tablescape, Kate O’Dowd, director of boutique bespoke wedding company Love & Gatherings has created Centrepiece, a collection of gorgeous candles, candleholders and accessories set to twinkle on your dinner table. Frilly Skirt Trio with Taper Candles, €103, www.centrepiece.ie.
As creative director of one of Ireland’s most easily recognised boutique brands, Fran & Jane, Laura Nolan Horgan demonstrated a keen eye for emerging trends and tastes in fashion. Now she has launched LNH Edit, a homewares collection with a fashion capsule element, that stocks all of the incoming tablescape trends this summer. Rose Coral tablecloth, €63.50, www.lnhedit.com.
Inject a bit of whimsy to your picnic table with the characterful range by Annie Dunne, of A.D. Event Design. The design agency is set to release its new range of tableware products, available to buy online, this week. Wavy tray, €100, leaf-etched champagne coupes, €32, embroidered cocktail napkins €26, hand-painted dinner plates €18; www.adeventdesign.com
Luxury homeware and tablescaping brand Signature Rentals have just launched its new Picnic and Gardenia Collections – just in time for a summer certain to be spent in the fresh air. Operated by Maria Reidy and Joanne Kennedy, the brand marries key aspects of Irish events and celebrations with international styles in craftwork. Dahlia dinner plate, €30.95; matching dessert plate, €19.95; blush wine glasses, €49.99 for four; rattan napkin rings, €6 each; white Porto vases, €19.95 for three; all www.signaturerentals.ie.
Finally, have fun with the dressings. Go for cheerful pops of colour and patterns in your tablecloths, napkins and glassware.
Gingham napkins, €20 for two; shop on Instagram @bylulu_29.
Italian blue linen napkin with white trim, €30; www.signaturerentals.ie.
White stitch-detail Irish linen napkins; €40 for two; www.carmelcreaner.com.
Green wine glasses, €59.99 for six; www.signaturerentals.ie.
Butternut yellow Irish linen napkin, €20, www.stableofireland.com.
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