Summer in Style

Summer in Style

Tips for setting a memorable summer table

Memorial Day is just around the corner, and with it the start of summer entertaining. For some chic and festive frills, we’re breaking out our favorite new tableware in patriotic hues of red, white, and blue. Use the colors individually for easy, summery evenings, or combine them all for a serious Memorial Day splash. But don’t stop there – this decor will keep your table effortlessly celebratory all the way through Labor Day and beyond. So, fire up the grill, stir up some sangria, and start setting up for a summer of soirees!

American Dream

For a table that is equal parts peppy and patriotic, start with a neutral tablecloth in an unassuming pattern—think ticking stripe, petite polka dots, or monochromatic embroidery—and layer these beaded Splatter Placemats on top. Alternate between blue and red for added visual interest and top with sleek, white plates.

Napkins with spunky blue and white fringe look their best rolled up inside these gorgeous Wood & Stripes napkin rings. Complement them with bamboo flatware for added texture and finish off the look with simple glassware. Inject a bit of whimsy with these brilliantly lacquered Starfish and Turtles in red, white, and blue, then pop some flowers along the table for a few easy centerpieces.

With a tablescape like this we’re thinking burgers, barbeque, grilled veggies, and raspberry sorbet, topped with fresh berries and a sprig of mint. The overall effect, from setting the table right through to dessert, is festive without a hint of fussiness—just how we like our Memorial Day celebrations!

Classic Combinations

You simply can’t go wrong with blue and white for entertaining in the summer months, but our tableware offers a few surprises to update and enliven this classic combo.

Set each place with a blue and white Splatter Placemat and round, white dinner plates. For a nautical twist, anchor your napkin in an elegantly knotted Rope Napkin Ring a little off the center of the plate. Add clear or blue glasses and use a handy white Lacquer Tray on one corner to hold drinks and table extras.

Create a layered centerpiece of flowers and decorative objects for a unifying focal point. Some bright Starfish accessories and a few blooms in coordinating colors, like these stunning Anemones we chose, finish off this tablescape with fun and flair.

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Three Chic and Easy Easter Table Ideas

Three Chic and Easy Easter Table Ideas

Make your Easter holiday festive no matter your style.

As the days get longer and buds begin to appear on thawing branches, spring is finally in the air! For those who celebrate Easter, that means preparing for egg hunts, Easter brunch, and all the other ways to celebrate the holiday of renewal and rebirth. But even if Easter church service isn’t part of your family tradition, everyone can get inspired by Easter tablescapes that celebrate the best of the spring season—no matter your style.

Read on for three takes on setting a festive Easter (or simply spring!) table. With a backdrop this pretty, your guests will be as happy eating takeout as that honey-baked ham.

Pretty in Pink Tea

Nothing screams spring quite like pink—the color of freshly-bloomed rosebuds, and maybe a few dyed Easter eggs, too. For a rosy table setting that’s pretty but still fresh, we balanced all that pink with cool teal and sea foam. Here’s how to get the look: First, start with a floral tablecloth—ideally a pattern where pink is splashed throughout, not the dominant hue.

Next, layer on these patent leather reversible placemats (they’re reversible, so you have two options for pink shades!). Add white plates with a bit of contrasting color for added visual interest, then top with a napkin in an ombre napkin ring to tie back to all those rosy hues. Since your flowers are already on your table, there’s no need for cut stems in a centerpiece; instead, line the table with bowls of pink Easter candy for a sweet alternative.

For a setting this pretty, we’re envisioning an English tea service—serve all the trappings on a coordinating lacquer tray.

Minimal Cheese Course

All those flowers not your thing? Don’t fret: Instead, go laid-back minimal with a neutral table setting whose light, natural hues still evoke the freshness of spring.

Begin with a plain table or white tablecloth (a natural linen is ideal), then set these lacquer stripe placemats in gray and yellow or navy and white for a subtle touch of pattern. Accent with natural napkins and finish with simple, everyday plates, cutlery, and glassware.

Then, make the cheese board your centerpiece! Select a mix of hard and soft cheeses in different shapes to create a sculptural spread, then accent with bowls of colorful fruits, olives, nuts, or jams. No bouquets needed!

Juicy Brunch

What’s better than a fresh-squeezed cup of citrus juice? Well, a tablescape inspired by one! For a fresh spin on beachy style, swap the nautical motifs for a fruit-centric spread.

Lay a tablecloth in a solid yellow or small-scape pattern, then top it with yellow fringe placemats (we love how their edges look like beach umbrellas from above!)—and matching coasters! Choose plates with a spoke motif to subtly echo the shape of cut citrus, then top with napkins cinched with these bright floral napkin rings in juicy yellow. Finish with bamboo flatware to give a dash of natural texture.

Then, for the centerpiece: Cut citrus of varying sizes into wedges and arrange in a line, dotting with decorative starfish for an extra nod to the beach. This table decoration will smell even better than flowers!

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Virtual Thanksgiving: How to Make It Special This Year

Virtual Thanksgiving: How to Make It Special This Year

Like the rest of 2020, Thanksgiving might look a little different this year.

 
Many of us may choose to forego cross-country travel and large family gatherings in favor of pod celebrations or virtual Thanksgiving get-togethers. But there’s never been a more appropriate time to reflect on gratitude and thankfulness.

And just because you’re swapping family gatherings for Zoom screens doesn’t mean the holiday has to be any less special—in fact, just the opposite. Here’s how to make your virtual Thanksgiving the best one yet. Who knows, you just might find yourself continuing these new traditions year after year.

Set the Table Together

We believe that every good party starts with a thoughtfully-set table. So why not make that a (virtual) activity on its own? Share ideas with loved ones on Pinterest, then Zoom or FaceTime while laying out table settings—whether it’s one or ten. There’s never been a better occasion to go all out.

Start with the linens, then layer in statement placemats and add extra pops with napkin rings, coasters, or colorful glassware before getting creative with a centerpiece (some ideas on that next…).

Make It Personal

If your loved ones can’t be sitting at your table during virtual Thanksgiving, try topping it with things that remind you of them. It doesn’t just have to be family china, either. Set an aunt’s favorite flower as your centerpiece; incorporate mementos like small framed photos or heirlooms across the table to bring thoughts of family and friends to dinner.

Think outside the box: seashells, jewelry boxes, or decorative objects can all become table decor when paired with chic tabletop accessories. Try sterling silver framed photos beside these moonlight placemats and sparkle napkin rings for an elegant winter white look, or go colorful alongside eclectic accessories.

Give New Meaning to “Shared Plates”

While physically sharing might be a no-no right now, social media sharing certainly isn’t. There’s no better time than virtual Thanksgiving to show off your tablescape to the world beyond your dining room. And while we’d always argue that a solo meal is still worthy of a well-set table, if you’re dining alone, let this be another reason to get your table picture perfect

Swap Recipes

While cooking together is on hold, collaborate on dinner with a recipe swap before the holiday. Share your favorite with family and friends, and then incorporate theirs into your own spread—think of it as a new take on potluck style.

Find Gratitude

Finally, with a world in the midst of turbulent change, it’s never been a better time to stop and reflect on what’s good. If you’re with a group (physically or virtually!) have everyone share what they’re grateful for, and turn it into a list you can reflect on all year round.

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Summer Splashes

Summer Splashes

COLORFUL SUMMER SPLASHES

 

Styled By is a section that celebrates creativity and inspiration in the home. Our goal is to show you how to style a variety of Von Gern Home products and open your mind to a wealth of table setting ideas for everyday use in your own home.

 

This month, as a nod to the warmer months, we’ve dressed a playful table with colorful Summer splashes for an outdoor lunch with family and friends. We’ve also arranged our dream breakfast table.

COLOUR FOR LUNCH

 

We love to experiment with colorful table setting ideas for every day, believing that each day is a special occasion. We eat with our eyes first, and that visual aspect includes a beautiful table setting.

To evoke the feeling of a sunny summertime luncheon, we’ve introduced yellow fringe placemats that complement the vivid botanical theme of the tablecloth. A centerpiece of spring flowers and seasonal fruit brings it all together.

 

We love playing with textures, materials, and colors. We added a pop of yellow to the summer lunch table. It reminds us of vacationing on the Mediterranean coast and the fragrant lemons that grow there.

SIMPLICITY FOR BREAKFAST

 

If you’re a mother you know the value of taking a few moments to yourself to get centered before starting the day. An elegant but casual table setting idea for breakfast is one way to give oneself that necessary time.

In our dream world, our breakfast table is a study of chic minimalism that focuses on clean lines and a warm color palette.

 

We believe a beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset and a beautiful table setting. This is our dream breakfast setting which we hope the busy mothers out there will get to enjoy, all to themselves, in a quiet early morning moment before the rest of the family is up and about.

COLORFUL SUMMER SPLASHES

 

Styled By is a section that celebrates creativity and inspiration in the home. Our goal is to show you how to style a variety of Von Gern Home products and open your mind to a wealth of table setting ideas for everyday use in your own home.

 

This month, as a nod to the warmer months, we’ve dressed a playful table with colorful Summer splashes for an outdoor lunch with family and friends. We’ve also arranged our dream breakfast table.

COLOUR FOR LUNCH

 

We love to experiment with colorful table setting ideas for every day, believing that each day is a special occasion. We eat with our eyes first, and that visual aspect includes a beautiful table setting.

To evoke the feeling of a sunny summertime luncheon, we’ve introduced yellow fringe placemats that complement the vivid botanical theme of the tablecloth. A centerpiece of spring flowers and seasonal fruit brings it all together.

 

We love playing with textures, materials, and colors. We added a pop of yellow to the summer lunch table. It reminds us of vacationing on the Mediterranean coast and the fragrant lemons that grow there.

SIMPLICITY FOR BREAKFAST

 

If you’re a mother you know the value of taking a few moments to yourself to get centered before starting the day. An elegant but casual table setting idea for breakfast is one way to give oneself that necessary time.

In our dream world, our breakfast table is a study of chic minimalism that focuses on clean lines and a warm color palette.

 

We believe a beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset and a beautiful table setting. This is our dream breakfast setting which we hope the busy mothers out there will get to enjoy, all to themselves, in a quiet early morning moment before the rest of the family is up and about.

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Madagascar Placemat, Set of 2

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Madagascar Placemat, Set of 2

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Madagascar Placemat, Set of 2

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