Coastal Al Fresco

Make your Cape Cod summer dining experience special by creating vivid tablescapes.

Summer, the season we wait for all year, is finally here, and the temperature is perfect for dining outside. So why not make your dinners special?  Whether you live here or you’re staying at your second home, a beautiful tablescape will help make your dining experience magical. We visited three shops—Design Works of Yarmouthport, Picnic Fashions of Chatham, and Shor Home Furnishings in Provincetown—to help make our settings complete. No matter if it’s a brunch, a dinner for four, or intimate cocktails for two, create an environment that will keep your guests coming back for more!

Red, White, Blue

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Inspired by patriotic hues, this color combination for an al fresco brunch is stylish and elegant. A navy blue tablecloth with a nautical rope design by Le Jacquard Francais offers the backdrop to ceramic stoneware and serving pieces from Juliska. Colors are mixed at each place setting, creating that all-American theme. Each setting is topped with a napkin tied with nautical rope for a touch of whimsy and flair. The delicate water glasses and pitcher are also by Juliska. These exquisite pieces are mouth-blown by artisans in the hills outside Prague, Czech Republic. Queen Anne’s lace, blackberry blossoms, and red roses set in a pedestal dish by Juliska complete the ensemble, making everything look almost too pretty to eat! “Whether it be morning, noon, or night, an outdoor setting can create a unique social gathering that family and friends will cherish,” says Margaret Hill, owner of Design Works in Yarmouthport. All settings and accessories are from Design Works in Yarmouthport. /

Under the Sea

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Cool blues and shining pewter decorate this deep sea-inspired tablescape. The pewter sculpted octopus candelabra by Vagabond House takes center stage and holds short candles so guests can see each other across the flickering flames. Muted blue plates by Juliska paired with striped table napkins by Pine Cone Hill add just the right dash of color to the settings. The octopus theme is carried through with pewter napkin rings and martini glass bases, both by Vagabond House. (Note the stems are pewter anchors.) Low glass vases are filled with seasonal summer flowers—purple Delphinium, light blue Scabiosa, Salvia, Hydrangea, and sea grass blend perfectly to complement the soothing, serene table setting. Herbert Acevedo, owner of Shor Home Furnishings in Provincetown, suggests picking flowers and aromatic herbs right from the garden to arrange in simple glasses for each table setting. Dishware is from Design Works, and table accessories and glassware are from Shor Home Furnishings. /;

Provence on Cape Cod

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Bring a bit of Southern France to the table. An antique white linen cloth sets the stage for a palette of cheery yellow and green dishes by Le Cadeaux. Inspired by the beauty and bistros of Provence, France, these versatile and durable melamine dinner plates are virtually indestructible and perfect for outdoor picnics and parties—especially when small children are partaking in the festivities! The plates are paired with unbreakable wine glasses and water tumblers, also by Le Cadeaux, in the same cheery colors. Egg cups with lettuce motif double as salt cellars. Other serving pieces include trillium serving bowls by Mustard Seed and Moonshine. Napkins dress the plates in green, yellow, and white with green napkin rings. To bring the table to life, thyme, oregano, and rosemary brim from terra cotta pots. A profusion of sunflowers—worthy of a Vincent Van Gogh painting—add a bright splash of summer beauty. “There is great satisfaction—and fun—in setting a beautiful table, wherever the location,” says Becky Finn, owner of Picnic Fashion in Chatham. “With a bit of planning, elegant entertaining can happen anywhere, and it doesn’t have to be formal or complicated.”  All items are available at Picnic Fashion. /

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Nancy Berry is a freelance writer who lives in Yarmouthport.

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