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photography by: Erica Miriam Fabri

We have been lucky enough to still have a few “summer” days in September allowing for the last hurrah of sundresses, fresh flowers, and dining alfresco.

Though I love to carry on outdoor entertaining into the Fall months by shifting gears to fires, sweaters, seasonal gourds and heat lamps- I will happily embrace the last of summer entertaining.

No matter the occasion, season, menu or number of people my most favorite thing is to plan & prepare a meal and table.

Inspirations come from everywhere; often times flowers I spot at the market, the decided upon dinner menu, a music playlist, a new tabletop accessory or even what I am wearing.

In this case, it was actually a combination of all the above that brought together this casual end of summer dinner.

I recently acquired the long gold metal tray and was eager to use it. Such a versatile piece- equally great for centerpiece and serving alike, I knew I wanted it to be the centerpiece.

This particular week the red Alstroemeria (also known as Peruvian Lilies) just looked so rich & fresh I knew they would pair beautifully with gold.

Lastly, I really wanted to get one last white dress in before we officially hit October!

Working with the brass, red, & white I went through my tabletop closet and decided to go with a black, white and gold theme to really show off the red flowers.

When planning for any table setting I focus on texture as well as color. Creating a delicate balance and love the juxtaposition of shiny metal against woven natural fibers.

The best part of this tablescape is that everything came from Amazon and is still available. I have many beautiful designer pieces I have collected over the years but for someone who likes to constantly change it up, Amazon is a great affordable and immediate resource to sprinkle in pieces here and there.

This was very quick to pull together. I used two black and white woven table runners along the length of table and placed the gold tray in the center to showcase the votive candles and flower arrangements.

Since it was a casual dinner I opted for milk jugs instead of vases as the flower vessel. They lend a casual feel perfect for outdoor dining and I also liked the black and red logo to tie back to the flowers and black and white color scheme.

A quick last minute flower arranging tip when working with a basic bouquet from the grocery store: wander through your yard or nearby park and gather up any type of greenery, branches, ferns or wild flowers. Incorporating wild & local greenery will make your arrangements feel custom & layered, they will actually look more relaxed and inviting.

Shop the Farewell Summer Table:

Gold Long Tray: available directly through Miller Robinson Styling & Spaces

Glass Milk Jug


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