Set The Table: 4th of July

This weekend is the Fourth of July – in case you forgot. Which, if you are anything like us, you didn’t because you were sure to call dibs on a Summer Friday months ago. Whatever your plans – whether you’re staying home, driving out of town, or hopping on a flight – we can almost guarantee that at some point over the long weekend you will find yourself around a table of family and/or friends. After all, we all love the idea of celebrating ‘Merica with some delicious grub and cold cocktails.

To get the setting just right, you’ll of course want some red, white, and … you guessed it – blue. But, consider not being so literal with the holiday of stars and stripes. When it comes to table setting, remember you need not be solely inspired by the country flag. Instead, pair florals, solids, and a multitude of textures that are effortlessly elevated by the natural backdrop of your yard, patio, or rooftop.

Be sure to share your 4th of July tablescape with us on social media by tagging us @thetable_nyc and using the hashtag #thetablenycholidays

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At Home: Shibori Dyed Napkins

As we mentioned in our recent summer tabletop trends post, one of our favorite table trends of the moment is tie-dyed – or Shibori – linens. We especially love hand-dyed Shibori napkins – each one comes out a little bit different, bringing a unique, homemade aesthetic to the table. And this is exactly the look we’re going for for our next dinner party. So, the other day we broke out our old white linens, bought some dye, and made our own – Shibori style.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Shibori, this is the Japanese-originated technique of manipulating fabric by twisting, tying, binding, folding, etc. before dying it in order to make pretty patterns with the dye (or tie-dye, as we’ve named it in the west). The process simple and we encourage that you try it. Just note that hand-dying can get a bit messy, so make sure you wear gloves and have a safe place to work and dispose of the dye.

This time we were going for a more subdued pattern, so we did just a simple bind – but note that the more you fold, twist and constrain your fabric, the more interesting your pattern can become.

The prep:

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Weddings: A Tablescape For Every Bride

When it comes to your wedding, no detail should be spared. Like anything else that you dream up, plan, prepare, and reach into your wallet for – your special day is an extension of you. And of course you is different for everyone. Because while some of us wouldn’t dream of missing the chance to hop on a plane and invite guests abroad for our impending nuptials, others of us simply want a clean and beautiful palette – perhaps a bit closer to home.

Wherever your wedding is, it is your stylistic choices and personal touches that will make it truly your own. Besides your dress, venue, and music selection – your #vibe will also shine through in your tablescape. After all, its where your guests will personally interact with your decor, spend a good portion of time, and likely take photos. Believe us – your wedding tablescape is worth the time, effort, and budget.

Now, don’t panic if you aren’t quite sure who you should be on your wedding day. There are so many directions you can go and more than one option that might work – we’ve rounded up a few to help you decide. We promise there is a tablescape for every bride!

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Tabletop Trends: Summer

Today officially marks the first day of summer – and if you’ve forgotten, we’re sure social media has reminded you by now ☀️☀️☀️. With summer comes al fresco weather, long weekends, backyard barbeques, and an overall mood boost that make it one of our favorite times to entertain. To celebrate the summer solstice, we’re sharing some of our favorite summer tabletop trends.

 

The Table Settings:

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Neutrals: For a natural feel, use neutral tones like different greys, silvers – even wood.

Mixed Blues: Layer several summery shades and patterns of blue – from your plates and bowls to your flatware.

Black & White: The contrast of simple white plates and black flatware deliver an understated, modern feel while allowing the rest of your table to stand out.

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Playlist: Outdoor Dinner Party

 

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While planning a dinner party, we typically get caught up with the obvious essentials – like the guest list, menu, table settings and flowers. But a dinner party is never complete without a carefully curated playlist that will complete the ambience and make for an unforgettable evening. The music at your dinner party should be easy to listen to, and complement the food, setting and all of the visual details. Here’s an eclectic mix that is sure to hit all the right notes at your next outdoor feast this summer.

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The Edit: Father’s Day

Let’s face it . . . when it comes to Father’s Day, all dad really wants is to kick back and enjoy the summer sun. So, fire up the grill, stock up on outdoor tableware, and cue the lawn games. While you’re at it, bring a gift that he can enjoy the day of – because we all know “he doesn’t need anything”. Showing up with bbqing extras or a fun new game, is a sure way to win dad over on his special day.

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1. HOUZZ PICNIC PLATES ($32 FOR 4),  2. LILLY Q’S SAUCES ($8 EACH),  3.FILSON HORSESHOES ($150),  4. A GIFT PERSONALIZED PERSONALIZED GRILLING SET ($53),  5. MARSHALL KILBURN SPEAKER ($299),  6. WILLIAMS SONOMA MINI RUB SET ($30) .
PHOTO CREDIT: CITY FARMHOUSE
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Tablescapes: Ready, Set, Summer!

We love creating beautiful tablescapes all year round, but summer is a notably exciting time to prep a picturesque scape.  As the new season greets us, like a (warm) gust of fresh air, we tend to crave an equally fresh table. And by table, we mean anywhere you can set up shop. So don’t underestimate the power of some pretty plates and a beach blanket! You can dine almost anywhere in the summer . . . that’s the beauty of it.

Here, we’ve gathered some of the most seasonably appropriate tables to inspire your next summer gathering.

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Cocktails: Summer Friday Rosé

Calling all rosé lovers! We’ll assume that’s a lot of you, since rosé consumption in the US was just reported second in the world, next to France. This light and refreshing rosé cocktail is worthy of kicking off the first Friday of official Summer … #summerfridays

De rien!

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Kitchens We Love

Whether you’re a master chef or a takeout queen, the kitchen matters. After all, there’s a reason we (as a species), have coined the term “dream kitchen”. Because if our kitchen was amazing, we would cook every meal, host every holiday, and spend way more time in it. Well, until we have the dream house with the dream kitchen, we can just … dream.

Here are a few kitchens we would love to call our own.

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A grandiose kitchen with the perfect pairing of chic and modern.

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