I recently went to the most amazing party at Meadowood in Napa. It was a croquet tournament hosted by Krug Champagne. After the tournament, everyone set down to a delicious alfresco lunch. While I can not stress how fabulous everything about this event was, there is one thing in particular that I knew I had to share with you: the genius tablescape!
Instead of using a tablecloth, the wooden table was covered in a handsome, neutral Ikat-print runner. On top of the runner, was a bunch of dirt, branches, grass, greenery, and wooden stumps in various sizes. When I sat down, I admired the table’s earthy chic-ness and couldn’t help but marvel over how truly beautiful the table was – and without a flower in sight! Plus, a bag of dirt from the local gardening store and foraged branches from the great outdoors have to be much cheaper than several bouquets of roses, alstroemerias, and dahlias, right?!
I was even more impressed when the waitstaff brought out the family style lunch and placed white glass bowls (filled with delectable things like yellow beets with fresh goat cheese and raspberries and crispy garlicky broccolini) on the stumps which now served as stands for the food. I definitely plan on recreating this simple, but refined outdoor (it would be a pain to clean up indoors!) tablescape in the future.