Summer Evenings & Mix & Match Dining
One of my very favourite things about summer is the way the evenings just seem to extend.
6p.m. in winter is firmly ‘Netflix, socks and sofa time’.
6p.m. in summer means that the evening has barely started . . . ???? !
As such, the longer evenings call for less formality when it comes to dinners and hosting friends, and I am so thrilled to be partnering with Royal Doulton, and the gorgeous Ellen DeGeneres range to share my take on mix and match tableware.
Cool the rosé it’s time to talk mix and match dining . . . !
Charcoal Grey Lines Dinner Set by Ellen DeGeneres with Royal Doulton
Brushed Glaze Soft White Dinner Set by Ellen DeGeneres with Royal Doulton
“To me, that’s what allows us to develop our own unique sense of style.
Borrowing your favourite elements from lots of different places
and sewing them together to create a look which is truly ‘you’.”
You’re A Mix & Match Fan? Me too!
I’ve never been a great fan of a match-y match-y aesthetic.
Truth be told – I don’t think I have the co-ordination for it! Both in my wardrobe and home I’m a much bigger fan of a mix and match aesthetic.
A little romanticism here? A clean line there? An accessory from a holiday some time ago? SOLD.
To me, that’s what allows us to develop our own unique sense of style. Borrowing your favourite elements from lots of different places and sewing them together to create a look which is truly ‘you’.
When it comes to home decor, mix and match is my jam.
Living in a rented flat with more wonky lines than straight, Oli and I are accustomed to things having personality. We have always approached our home decor from a mix and match standpoint, so when it comes to entertaining friends for dinner, you know it’s going to be equally eclectic.
Whilst I love mixing up textures, patterns and styles, I do like for everything to feel harmonious.
I’ve got a few handy tips for how to make mix and match table decor work in a way which is considered and stylish. I hope these tips will help you design your next mix and match dinner table too!
How To Approach Mix & Match Table Decor
My 3 Top Tips
1 – Choose A Complimentary Colour Pallette
You know how some women can wear ALL the patterns and somehow look pulled together? Take a closer look, and you’ll likely see that there is a common colour palette running through each clothing item.
The same goes for table decor.
When I set my eyes on the Ellen DeGeneres range for Royal Doulton my heart legitimately did a little happy skip. Have a peruse and tell me yours doesn’t do the same.
You most likely know Ellen’s name from her infamous (and amazing!) TV show, and career, but her personal taste in decor is on another level.
So much so that one of Oli’s favourite home tours ever is Ellen DeGeneres’s California abode. And that boy knows his home tours.
It figures then that Ellen DeGeneres’s range for Royal Doulton mirrors her relaxed and artisan-focused aesthetic. Each of the dinnerware sets from Ellen’s Royal Doulton range is designed to easily mix and match with another. So, if like me, you loved more than one you can snap them up knowing that they’ll seamlessly work with one another.
The Charcoal Grey Lines dinnerware set is so incredibly beautiful, I genuinely adore opening our cupboards to reach for these pieces day on day. The earthy tone of the grey works perfectly alongside the Brushed Soft White Glaze set which itself has a hand brushed rim which lends a uniqueness to every piece.
Whilst the dinnerware sets are different, their neutral earthy tones compliment one another and so make it super easy to mix and match plates.
2 – Collect Second Hand Pieces
I’ve always shopped for second hand items and vintage pieces.
I LOVE the personality they can lend to a home or wardrobe.
Mixing in vintage finds with new pieces creates a completely unique look to your home. It’s unlikely someone else will have that exact side table you nabbed at a flea market, or that cute little vase you found in a charity shop.
I like to mix in my second hand finds with my more modern items. Again it lends a look which is completely your own.
In particular I look out for vases, trays and trinkets which I can use to accessorise a space.
“You can spontaneously make the most of those longer evenings
whenever you should feel like it!
Some of our most fun dinners have been planned with an hour’s notice,
and they are now inevitably some of my very favourite memories.”
3 – Keep The Menu Relaxed
Mix and match table decor calls for a relaxed dinner.
My favourite meals are served family-style with lots of dishes on the table which everyone can help themselves to.
In the summer my menu is (without fail!) a rotation of:
- A fish or meat dish.
- A big ‘messy’ salad of some sort.
- Roasted vegetables.
. . . all served with crisp wine or ice cold beer.
After dinner I love to round things off with seasonal fruit and fresh mint tea.
The summer calls for relaxation and a mix and match dinner is the perfect way to entertain friends whilst staying true to the chilled sentiment of the season.
Plus – you can spontaneously make the most of those longer evenings whenever you should feel like it! Some of our most fun dinners have been planned with an hour’s notice, and they are now inevitably some of my very favourite memories.
What’s Your Take?
Are you in full summer entertaining mode yet? How do you mix and match? And, what would you serve at your spontaneous summer dinner party?
And can I come?!
Love, Monica x
This post is created in collaboration with Royal Doulton and the beautiful Ellen Degeneres collection