Sunrise to Sunset

Sunrise to Sunset

While away the balmy days playing host with the most at home - and, oh, those summer nights. homestyle Editor Alice Lines teams up with Citta’s Head of Design Imogen Tunnicliffe to share some tips on summer entertaining.


1 Just relax. There’s no need to tie yourself to the kitchen – keep things simple with prepare-ahead options such as the recipes on the previous page. Make life even easier for yourself by supplementing your homemade menu with treats from your favourite local artisans.

2 Set the table. Create an elegant yet informal theme by taking a non matching approach to the table. Get the look by stacking dinner plates in various chalky pastels tones alternated with side plates and bowls in different colours. Skip the tablecloth and instead of placemats, drape linen napkins under each setting. Woven coasters provide contrast through the addition of texture.

3 Bring it to life. If you’re keen to include a floral centrepiece in your scheme, opt for one that’s low in a bowl and spills onto the table asymmetrically, so it’s not a barrier to conversation across the table. If yours is more of a buffet-style situation, make an impact by placing a large glass jar filled with bold foliage at one end of the table.

4 Get outa here. Take your gathering into the garden or onto the deck with modular outdoor furniture that can be arranged to suit the mood of your occasion. Add a few cushions and a throw or two to dress things up and provide warmth if needed when the sun sets.



Words & Styling Alice Lines & Imogen Tunnicliffe
Photography Simon Wilson

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