An eclectic patterned picnic throw pairs with bright summer solids and subtle blue and green striped pillows to set the scene for a perfect afternoon picnic. A wicker picnic basket and simple, colorful serving ware complete the look.
A custom picnic table and built-in bench serve as a dining spot in this country home. Mission-style metal pendant lights illuminate the table’s rich wood surface. Dark-brown cement floors and undyed-linen curtains blend in with the home's natural setting. But this place isn’t as rustic as it appears -- the cabinet in the corner houses a high-end refrigerator.
The wood pergola with string lights adds dimension and definition to a dining area with two picnic-style tables and a massive fireplace. Other elements that fit into the modern design are the pergola, use of steel and concrete, and decorative elements such as barrels.
In addition to the table and chairs, bring a small, lightweight piece to use as a sideboard. A piece like this antique washstand, with a hallow interior, can also help with storing and transporting food and tableware. Wooden crates are also fantastic for this.
Don't be afraid of mixing plaids, checks and prints. Just keep your selections in the same color family to keep the look cohesive. An eclectic mix of patterns creates a casual and homey feel that most guests will appreciate. Tip: Tea towels are excellent to use for oversized napkins and can be found in a variety of prints and patterns.
There is something special about using place markers at a get-together. Create this one just by tying a cute tag on an apple stem at each place. Some sprigs of fresh herbs add a little color and fragrance, too.