Tablescape 101: Supper at Sundown

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


  • Reply Aspiring Kennedy May 9, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    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. 🙂

  • Reply Michael - Innkeeper May 10, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Wow. This is beautiful! I want to be there right now. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Reply Julia May 10, 2012 at 12:39 am

    wow the tablecloth lovely! great diy

  • Reply Amberly @ The Good Life May 10, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Gorgeous! Love everything about this! If only I had a patio…

  • Reply Kayla Poole May 10, 2012 at 1:24 am

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

  • Reply Victoria | Haute May 10, 2012 at 1:44 am

    I am head.over.heels. for that gold rimmed champagne class!!! It is a definite must have in my books..or should I say home! 🙂

  • Reply Jacqueline May 10, 2012 at 4:57 am

    oooh this is gorgeous! dinner at sunset is so romantic.

  • Reply Michelle May 10, 2012 at 6:01 am

    So simple but pretty, I really like this layout

  • Reply Splendid Willow May 10, 2012 at 6:15 am

    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… (:

  • Reply Eleni May 10, 2012 at 6:34 am

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

  • Reply Brooke May 10, 2012 at 6:43 am

    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.

  • Reply Maryam in Marrakesh May 10, 2012 at 7:05 am

    love love the tablecloth! (no cutlery?)

    • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar May 10, 2012 at 7:45 am

      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 🙂

  • Reply Amy @ Five Kinds of Happy May 10, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Looking beautiful Will! Loving the succulents.

  • Reply Rachel {little bits of lovely} May 10, 2012 at 9:05 am

    I adore the colour scheme here Will, the lavendar looks beautiful paired with these neutrals. It feels incredibly summery + fresh! xx

  • Reply Cristina May 10, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Simply and gorgeous!! *_*

  • Reply Gild and Grace May 10, 2012 at 11:56 am

    I love all those touches of gold Will! Gorgeous table 🙂

    Abbey x

  • Reply Helena - A Diary of Lovely May 10, 2012 at 11:59 am

    aw so GORGEOUS, I love the gold edged drink ware and the coasters, how cute!

  • Reply house of earnest May 10, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    this is my dream! I cannot wait for summer dinners outside with my honey 🙂

  • Reply LatteLisa LisaHjalt May 10, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    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.

  • Reply Tim May 10, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    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!

  • Reply Pinecone Camp May 10, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Beautiful setting! Wow. I absolutely love this.I love the fact that it's not over the top and actually kinda calming.

  • Reply Ice Beautiful May 10, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Lovely, romantic and so relaxing! Love everything about it! Especially golden glasses. Centerpiece is adorable too!

  • Reply el {what you fancy} May 10, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    This is so beautiful, love the whole vibe of it… ahhh, and makes me long for a proper summer!

  • Reply levitra May 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Very beautiful set)) thanks for sharing))))

  • Reply Marina May 11, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    It's so beautiful and romantic)

  • Reply sarah | chevrons and stripes May 11, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    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.

  • Reply 7 Year Wedding May 13, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    Will and Manvi, this is BEAUTIFUL!!! I love everything about the colour palate you've choosen.

  • Reply Rachel {little bits of lovely} May 30, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    How stunning! I love the mix of shiny gold hues, soft lavender + neutrals; such a perfect palette for summer! xx

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