As summer rolls around, there’s a sweet time where it’s not too cold at night and not too hot in the evening sun that’s perfect for eating alfresco. Eating dinner with the vibrancy of the newly-green trees and buzz of summer insects is a magical way to enjoy the warm weather. For a simple, summer-inspired table, I used a bright white and blue palette, and cut branches from a snowball viburnum down the street to fill the center of the table. With the mid-century pattern on the vases and the beautiful hand-painted look of the collector’s edition plates, the table took on an easy-going look that was simple to set with white dinnerware and capiz shell napkin rings all around. To start out, a summer gazpacho – ripe-red from fresh produce—adorned with sprigs of basil. For the entrée, I served shrimp skewers and squid ink risotto. I also made sure to spread out drinks around the table, perfect for filling the vintage-inspired hobnail glassware. And with that, the table was set for a beautiful alfresco dinner! — Kevin

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west elm - Patio Alfresco Dinner with Thou Swell

west elm - Patio Alfresco Dinner with Thou Swell

west elm - Patio Alfresco Dinner with Thou Swell

west elm - Patio Alfresco Dinner with Thou Swell

west elm - Patio Alfresco Dinner with Thou Swell

west elm - Patio Alfresco Dinner with Thou Swell

west elm - Patio Alfresco Dinner with Thou Swell

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