Everyone Loves A Summer Event
Ah, an easy breezy, summer. Weddings and events are the highlight of summer, eagerly anticipated by your guests. Why? Events are fun. Celebratory parties with friends and family are all about love, whether celebrating the wedding of who people who have found each other and within each other the capacity to love each other fully, a graduation, anniversary or another milestone. Yes, summer events are full of fun, sunshine and love!
With all the eager anticipation you certainly want to make your guests feel like your special occasion is special. So, after the theme has been chosen, the venue arranged and you’re happy with the menu, it’s time to focus on your table settings!
Summer is the season when you can have the event of your dreams. The weather, generally in your favor, allows many options. Perhaps you’re envisioning a big ballroom affair, an outdoor extravaganza, or a beach event – whatever the venue – if you are serving food, you’ll need to plan and create your table design.
One current trend that is elegant and some might say, mystical, is an outdoor ghost-style event. Not ghost as in Casper or goblins and ghouls, but ghost because when it’s done well, using glass and clear Lucite tables and chairs, it has an almost ethereal effect. The visuals are stunning. It looks like your place settings and flowers are almost floating – add to that, rolling ground fog and the effect is ethereal, elegant and absolutely magical.
For a ghost reception or event, lighting is key. Using focused up lighting under each table illuminates the table’s floral arrangements or centerpieces, which cast interesting shadows throughout the dining area. Using blue and lavender lighting to subtly wash the reception area, will also add to the ghostlike aesthetic.
Table settings for this type of event should enhance the theme. Tablecloths and runners are unnecessary because the whole point is to keep a clear and invisible ghostlike effect. Clear glass plates and glassware, continue the theme, some may add chrome, pewter or silver chargers to balance the invisible look and they do add a nice touch to a formal setting. Since napkins are not invisible, they can be an element used to introduce a pop of color. Choose an iridescent silver or smokey lavender napkin, or a bias cut silk organza napkin to add shimmer and a soft harmonious look. Liquid candles continue the floating effect, and lots of cascading white flowers catching the blue and lavender lighting will add the perfect finishing touch.
There’s No Place like Home
Backyard settings are a nice choice for a wedding reception or outdoor event. A backyard party or rehearsal dinner can be designed to be very formal and elegant, or you might opt for something simple, such as a backyard BBQ or picnic theme. Whatever you choose, having your event in your own backyard or that of a friend or family member, will give you many decorating and design options.
If choosing a casual summer theme, the trends indicate no tablecloths. Opt for table runners and show the wood of your tables for both formal and informal settings. When using wooden tables, you can choose sleek finished looks, or go with a mixture of vintage and rustic tables. Old distressed farm tables add a nice touch and grandma’s old fold down table can now be put to good use. For a garden or vintage style outdoor event, using a mixture of three to four sets of china, combining solids with patterned pieces will add charm and a whimsical old fashioned feel. Collections of candles, candelabra and old vintage frames featuring sepia toned photos of the honorees will also add a lot of charm.
Fun in the Sun! – Beach Weddings
Beach parties just say summer… the sand, the surf, the sunset. It’s the dream location for many people. Maybe it’s the casual vibe, combined with the salty sea air and tons of romance that makes the beach such a delightful destination for a weddings and events. If your event is near the beach or at a beachfront venue, creating a natural and calming design, or a tropical beach theme is the way to go. And like most venues you can go fabulously elegant, add just a touch of fun flair, or keep it simple – it’s all about your vision and how you design it.
Create a Bohemian Beach event and incorporate an eclectic combination of wood, brilliant floral arrangements, and a variety of lighting options, including hanging Moroccan lanterns, rustic lanterns or hurricane candleholders. Some may select floating candles, or perhaps glass vessels partially filled with sand, shells and starfish and topped with a candle. You can go full beach mode and use fishnets, starfish, driftwood, coral, shells, tiki torches or coconut shell candles, or just add a touch of seaside sophistication by using a delicate balance of shells and a scattering of starfish nestled in your floral centerpieces.
A beach theme can also incorporate many color choices. Trends now are similar to past color choices; the tones native to the beach are always popular, blues, whites, coral, tan, white-on-white, and all the natural hues found at the beach. When it comes to linens, table settings and glassware, all white china with blue glassware is a nice look for a daytime wedding. You can’t go wrong with various white and tan tones with dark blue for a clean, sophisticated look.
Summer weddings allow you to paint your day anyway you choose. Fun and festive, calm and zen, elaborate and elegant or whatever combination works for you. Your floral choices are vast and colorful, as are the variety of linens available, and don’t forget you can also select from a variety of china patterns too, so have fun when designing your memorable summer table settings and the style for your big day.