Start with summer metallics
It’s got to be gold, right? But take note of the subtle styling – metallics against a white backdrop might feel too formal for a summer reception, so forgo stark table linen in favour of rustic wood and a beaded runner. Erica’s mixed and matched two sets, plumping for palm and sunburst designs that work perfectly at a summery soirée.
“I love to mix up china, so it doesn’t look too formal.”
Embrace the art of layering
If there’s ever a time to break out the full set, then this is it. The layout should take its cue from the menu, so side plates, two glasses and enough cutlery to cater for each course are top of the check list. Add touches of texture where you can – the beautiful beaded rim of these charger plates makes all the difference here.