Their method, as seen right here at a desk arrange for a celebration in Jemima’s backyard, is to brighten an out of doors desk in a lot the identical means as they might an indoor one, with correct desk 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’ve gone for a Jubilee-appropriate theme of crimson, white and blue, however with not a string of Union Jack bunting nor a commemorative teacup in sight. Instead, they selected a blue block-printed tablecloth from their on-line store, teamed with crimson 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 crammed with strawberries are a straightforward (and edible) additional desk ornament, and crimson and white dinner candles add top on the centre of the desk.
The floral show is a mix of electric-blue delphiniums and white campanulas in tall vases, blended with bud vases crammed with white and crimson peonies, deep crimson 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 easy however fairly serviette ties.