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Summer Tablescape: Show Off Your Silver

Let the quiet sheen of your favorite silver pieces sparkle in a softly elegant outdoor entertaining tablescape.


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    • Candle Pedestals

      Create a table centerpiece by using candlesticks of varied heights and styles as pedestals for a single fruit or vegetable. Bring candlelight down to table height with tea lights or votive candles. Leaves and stems add another visual element to the setting.

    • Cordial Place Cards

      Give each place setting personality by using silver cordial glasses for individual floral arrangements. Blend the elements: Use different cordials with the same flower, or fill a matched set with a mix of small summer buds.

    • Ice Bucket Beauty

      A vintage champagne bucket holds stems from the cutting garden. Or add a little secret glamour to your gardening chores by using it as a receptacle for garden tools or seed packets.

    • Pretty Table Weight

      A small pitcher or creamer becomes a tablecloth weight on windy summer days. Any piece with a handle will work: Try sugar bowls, tankards, or baby cups.

    • Serviceable Stack

      Casually stack compotes and bowls as a pretty, casual centerpiece before filling them with piles of berries, vegetables, or bread and their dipping sauces or spreads.

    • Unconventional Vase

      A silver coffeepot acts as a cachepot for fresh herbs. The patina of the most unlikely of vases, such as a biscuit box or sugar bowl, suits the soft muted colors of many fresh herbs, such as lavender, sage, and rosemary.

    • Combo Platter

      A tray or footed vegetable dish holds a collection of small potted succulents. This easy combination results in another element of garden beauty that can be enjoyed daily.

    • Laid-Back Combo

      Combine vintage, sterling, plate, and hotel silver for table settings. Freely mix patterns. The naturally ornate quality of silver adds richness to the table and complements any style of dinnerware, from casual to porcelain.

    • A Forkful of Style

      Dessert forks become identifiers for a cheese plate with handwritten cards intertwined through the tines. Use this idea to label salads and desserts as well.

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      Multipurpose Silver

      A hodgepodge collection of old silver serving pieces, such as cranberry spoons, pickle forks, and fish servers, does double duty for whatever serving function you see fit. They'll easily serve relishes or spear barbecued chicken. Escargot tongs can grab big summer strawberries; asparagus servers aren't limited to picking up those long spears. An old cup lovingly holds your selection.

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      Chill Out

      The oval shape of this champagne bucket easily accommodates a party's worth of summer's frozen treats or drinks. Sprinkle the ice with berries for a dash of color.

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