FEMME ROUGE collaborated with Keffie Lancaster of Lancaster Designs to create an ideal scene for the photo shoot of our iced tea recipes. She had so many great ideas that we wanted to show you just how easy it is to craft a comfortable and beautiful space for summer entertaining.

See her more of her beautiful tablescapes as the backdrop to our Tea Time On Ice photo shoot.

NAPKINS VS. PLACEMATS

I used linen napkins instead of placemats – they are easy to fold to the right shape and size, and simple to wash and store afterward.

MULTIPLE HEIGHT CONTAINERS FOR FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS

If you have a long rectangular table use one tall container in the middle and two shorter ones on the outside ends. For a round table, like the one pictured here, use two or three different sizes and shapes in the middle.

VARIOUS SHADES OF THE SAME COLOR

Don’t get hung up on the difference between the lemon-yellow roses and the butter-yellow napkins. We see beautiful color variations all around us in nature and no two flowers are ever really the same. Likewise, you don’t have to create a perfect match either.

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LAYERS OF COLORS

Not only should you use different shades of the same color family, but also layering the colors helps add dimension and interest to simple and basic elements. Notice the layered napkins and mirror under the center arrangement.

OLD WITH THE NEW

Starting collections of dishes and table settings can be complex and costly. Start with timeless, quality basics when it comes to china, cutlery, and glassware. Then add affordable flair with hip, trendy finds like colored napkins and flowers. This keeps your basics covered while allowing you to switch out the statement pieces with your theme.

NIX THE PLASTIC WINEGLASSES

Wine’s flavors may be distorted by plastic. Buy some inexpensive stemware by the case and just go for it! Save the plastic glasses for ice water, or keep it classy with glassware only.