Their approach, as seen here at a table set up for a party in Jemima’s garden, is to decorate an outdoor table in much the same way as they would an indoor one, with proper table linens, crockery and glassware. “Using fabrics to create that indoor-outdoor feel can transform a garden dining area,” says Jemima. “A tablecloth is always the best place to start, and use proper linen napkins if you can: it helps to give that signal that you’re not having a picnic, you are dining al fresco.”
Here, they have gone for a Jubilee-appropriate theme of red, white and blue, but with not a string of Union Jack bunting nor a commemorative teacup in sight. Instead, they chose a blue block-printed tablecloth from their online shop, teamed with red and white plates, rattan place mats from Anthropologie, bamboo-handled cutlery, and customised napkins with corgi and beefeater motifs from Initially London, as “a nod to the Queen”. Cabbage-leaf bowls by Bordallo Pinheiro filled with strawberries are an easy (and edible) extra table decoration, and red and white dinner candles add height at the centre of the table.
The floral display is a blend of electric-blue delphiniums and white campanulas in tall vases, mixed with bud vases filled with white and red peonies, deep red carnations and blush-pink roses. “We wanted to do red, white and blue to keep it quintessentially British,” notes Jemima, “but it’s quite a strong palette, so we also added in the softer peachy roses to just slightly take the edge off and add a bit more of a vintage feel.” Blush-pink ribbon, to match the roses, makes for simple but pretty napkin ties.