We love the idea of backyard entertaining, but I think we may have had our last dinner party outdoors until next year. This past summer we made a table that comfortably seats 10. We used Hairpin Legs and followed instructions from theses clever girls.
We loved the industrial look of the Fold Leg No.1 from Hairpin Legs and used the 28″ length. The top was constructed much like Elsie’s and of course we stained it black. I wrote about the chairs here and they were painted the color which Farrow & Ball calls London Stone. We wanted the whole look to sort of blend in with the surroundings and the black garage and white house.
All you need for a great backyard dinner party is a beautiful evening, perfect lighting, music, delicious food, and a great table with comfortable seating.
We were so happy with the way the table turned out, we really didn’t want to cover it up completely with a tablecloth. We used white linen runners and napkins from H&M Home and all white dishes from Williams-Sonoma. The silver soup spoons have been collected over time from flea markets from California to New York and a few from France and Italy. (My idea of souvenirs) We use herb bouquets or farmer’s market flowers in jars to keep it simple.
Lots of candles, a stack of blankets when the evening starts to get chilly and always extra glassware for when you forget where you put down your drink.
A bench serves as extra space for the soup, bread and extra glassware.
Hopefully we will get in one last gathering before the cold weather sets in….it may have to a be a brunch or late lunch during the warmest part of an autumn day.