Rebecca Gallop has a terrific eye for simple beautiful things, which she shares on her blog, A Daily Something. We’ve loved sharing her tips for creative tabletop styling + outdoor entertaining all summer long! Enjoy her final installment.

how to set a table with nature

Styling with Nature + Neutrals

Using nature and incorporating neutrals is my table-setting default. Most of my dishes are neutral, which means I can mix and match to create a unique look every time I set the table. Adding a touch of the woods to the tabletop, especially if it’s nature you foraged yourself, is a simple and free way to add detail and interest to your table. Sometimes I’ll add a simple pop of color, like these bright yellow blooms or the Hand-Painted Bowl.

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setting a table in the woods

Set up your table in the woods, next to the woods, or at least bring the woods to your tabletop! Sharing a meal in a woodsy setting adds a certain romance to your gathering, and guests will feel like you’ve created a private dining area, especially if you hang a string of globe lights overhead.

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Include fresh greenery – not just flowers – at each place setting, and scatter them across the tabletop in vintage bottles. Ferns are incredibly intricate and add wonderful height to a table. A shapely glass wine bottle works as a lovely vase.

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For a layered look, try a canvas drop cloth for a tablecloth, and use a scarf as the table runner. Use wooden chargers, and mix and match neutral dinnerware. Wooden, organic white, textured, mismatched napkins…it will all come together to help create an interesting tabletop.

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how to set a table with nature

Thanks Rebecca!


Rebecca Gallop is a stylist, wedding designer, and the blogger behind A Daily Something. You can follow her on Instagram + Twitter + Facebook, and check out her professional styling portfolio here.


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Photographs by Lisa Chiu

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