Home Decorating Table Talk: Happy Preppy Table Setting

Table Talk: Happy Preppy Table Setting

Set a color-saturated outdoor table that will make your guests giddy.

While we never overthink a table setting, we’re suckers for the little touches. We started with the patriotic primaries of red, white, and blue—never together on a single item, mind you—and combined them in ways both classic (the ticking-stripe indoor/outdoor rug) and unexpected (the harbor-buoy red of the floral-print chair cushions, and the vintage vertical-strip tumblers).

Then we layered in smaller accents, like the vibrant yellow and cobalt casserole dishes repurposed as servers, the utilitarian white colander brimming with fresh strawberries, and the cloth napkins in mix-and-match stripes and plaids. Joyful geraniums in a graphic, square steel planter make an easy yet elegant centerpiece.

We’re firm believers in no-fuss options like plastic cups. Here’s another look at how something as simple as this tabletop basic in a kicky color can change the entire character of your table.

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