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Styled and Set Summer Entertaining

Welcome to Eleven Gables!
I am thrilled to be a part of Designthusiasm's Styled & Set Entertaining Tour.
If you are hopping over from The Wood Grain Cottage, Hello!  I hope you will grab a glass of iced tea and meet me outside so I can show you around.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I absolutely love hanging out on the porch or in the yard.  It is only fitting that I show you how to create a simple outdoor summer tablescape that can easily transition into an Independence Day tablescape.

Of course, it's blue and white... my favorites.

I sprayed my existing black, iron table and chairs with THIS spray paint to give them an updated, white, English cottage feel.

Next, I used a blue and white tablecloth (found HERE) to set the tone of my table.

Layering a natural placemat with dollar store white plates (that I painted with THESE) and a gorgeous monogrammed checked napkin shows that you can always mix high end with low end and no one will be the wiser.

For each guest, I have an individual vase full of freshly snipped mint.  This way they can add as little or as much to their beverage as they like.  Fresh mint also smells delicious and reminds me of my childhood.  My neighbor made the most delicious sugar and mint drink.  I've never been able to master her recipe.  If any of you have a recipe you would like to share, I'd love for you to leave it in the comments!

I adore sitting out here and watching "the girls" (my hens) eat all of the bugs they can find.  To see tips on decorating your outdoor space, go HERE.

Fresh cut hydrangea are in abundance during the summer.  Plant some perennials that you love in your flower beds.  The initial investment far outweighs the overall enjoyment for years to come.

Now are you ready to see how easy it is to transform this summer tablescape into a festive Independence Day celebration table?

Just add FLAGS!  You can achieve this for whatever country you live in!

I purchased my large flags HERE and my smaller flags HERE

Thank you so much for joining me on my Styled & Set Summer Entertaining tour!  Please go visit my friend, Lory, next!  You will find her at Designthusiasm.

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  1. You have the prettiest garden Emily...well done! xo

  2. Olá,
    amei a casa das galinhas. Tudo lindo e a mesa belíssima.

  3. Your tablescape is beautiful. I'm coveting your chickens, also coupe! I've been attempting to persuade my guy to have chickens for months. He's less than excited about the idea. You have a lovely backyard -

  4. Emily, your table setting is just delightful! I'm a huge blue and white fan too, and you did it wonderfully here. I love those monogrammed napkins and also love the individual mint planters! It looks like the perfect place to relax for summer!

  5. A most beautiful table in a most amazing bucolic setting. Always enjoy seeing your gorgeous blue and white decor! Happy Summer ... Happy 4th!

  6. I love your table setting al fresco and that chicken coop is amazing. What a gorgeous backyard!
    Hugs, Jamie

  7. Emily: could you do a tutorial on how you painted the plates? How do you get the design to come out evenly? Did you draw the design out on paper first? Was there a way to do the pattern on the plate before you painted? Are the plates dishwasher safe after you painted? Are they food safe? I love them but I don't have room to store dishes that would just be for show so before I attempt this, thanks for the help.

  8. Hey, Emily. That's a lovely table setting. A simple meal will surely be made extraordinary with a beautifully designed outdoor space.

  9. What the heck?! Did I miss a post on that divine chicken coop?? If not, please do one :)

  10. It looks like a such peaceful garden. I love your table setting and its decoration. All things are just perfect for one who wish to relax peacefully. Thanks for the post and ideas!

  11. I LOVE your house. that chicken hut is amazing!

  12. This is a lovely and quaint table setting! I can totally see the English cottage inspiration with your colour palette. The use of the natural, braided placements give the entire set a country touch that is very sophisticated. Your painted plates have got me quite curious. Would love to see a DIY tutorial if possible!


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