As the sun rises higher in the sky and we move closer to summer, why not welcome the warmer weather with a little alfresco dining? When you’re setting your table be sure to keep the surroundings in mind. Lucky enough to have a striking cityscape view? You wouldn’t want to detract from the breathtaking view, so keep the table simple. Alternatively, you might be sat under a terrace of climbing roses, so you wouldn’t want the scent of your tables blooms to conflict. Here, we set up a table on the buildings rooftop with a stunning view of the city beyond. Rather than echoing the concrete and grey of the view, we decided to soften the scene by adding warmth with an organic tablescape. The tablecloth was a DIY project, using a canvas drop cloth, painters tape and spray paint to create the stripe design. The cloth was sprayed with gold paint, and once it was dry, a stripe pattern was made using painters tape and then sprayed over with white paint. The white againt the soft, shimmering gold stands out in dusk lighting. As the sun sets light pillar candles in lanterns. You can then layer the scheme with metallic elements such as mercury glass votives, hammered metal salt and pepper shakers, wood appetizer plates, zigzag wood napkin rings and vintage champagne glasses. For a no-fuss modern centerpiece that is easy to transport, opt for woven baskets and arranged potted succulent plants. Just be sure to throw in a few pebbles and rocks to hold the basket down if it gets windy! Do you like to dine al fresco? – Manvi
// Photography & styling by Manvi-Drona-Hidalgo | Stationery by Fig. 2 Design Studio


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. oh. my . gosh… will, please come make my terrace look this fabulous. the door's broken so we will have to crawl out there via the window. 🙂 BUT it will be worth it if you can make it look this magical. i'll bring the champers. 🙂

  2. Any food consumed under the backdrop of a sunset is enough to make me weak in the knees. This whole concept is absolutely beautiful!

  3. I can sniff from a distance when Manvi is here! I can sniff, feel and see loveliness, great taste and tons of inspiration (and a little bit of gold!).

    Hugs to you both, lovely people.


    P.S Manvi is your phone not working… (:

  4. Oh, I love this hour! And I really like the natural tones mixed with the golds of the sun and tableware!

  5. This is gorgeous, I love eating outside and I'd love to eat at this table. I must have those champagne glasses they are incredible.

    • Hi Maryam! Thanks for the kind words, Manvi did an awesome job. Yep, no cutlery because the concept was a relaxed, cocktail gathering with finger food 🙂

  6. Is there no love button on this blog?!!

    Bravo Manvi!

    Funny, yesterday I was thinking if I maybe had missed one of your Tablescape 101 post during the moving. Right now I'm sitting outside with the children, enjoying a glass of white. This summer will be all about dining al fresco.

  7. love the casual summer night dinner party! That flower is one of my favourites as well and they look so simple and elegant.

    love the coasters and now all the guests know where to sit!

  8. soooo this is pretty much all of my favorite things combined. taking cues from this place setting for my wedding next summer! earthy elements with the perfect pops of shine are exactly what I'm looking for.

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Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.