Their approach, as seen here at a table set for a party in Jemima’s garden, is to decorate an outdoor table the same way they would an indoor table, with table linens, tableware and appropriate glassware. “Using fabrics to create that indoor-outdoor feel can transform a garden dining room,” says Jemima. “A tablecloth is always the best place to start, and use appropriate linen napkins if you can: it helps signal that you’re not having a picnic, you’re dining al fresco.”
Here, they’ve opted for a Jubilee-appropriate theme of red, white and blue, but without a string of Union Jack buntings or a commemorative teacup in sight. Instead, they chose a blue block-printed tablecloth from their online store, paired with red and white plates, rattan placemats from Anthropologie, bamboo-handled cutlery, and custom napkins with corgi and beefeater motifs from Initially London, as a “nod to the Queen”. Bordallo Pinheiro’s cabbage leaf bowls filled with strawberries are an easy (and edible) extra table decoration, and red and white candles add height to the center of the table.
The floral display is a mix of electric blue delphiniums and white bellflowers in tall vases, mixed with bud vases filled with white and red peonies, dark red carnations and dusty pink roses. “We wanted to do red, white and blue to keep it quintessentially British,” notes Jemima, “but it’s quite a strong palette, so we also added softer peachy pinks to tone it down slightly and add a bit more The dusty pink ribbon, matching the roses, makes simple yet pretty napkin bindings.