tabletop; dining al fresco

Last, and in no way least, this tabletop was my favorite from the washpo Express shoot. A practical, nature-inspired tabletop for dining al fresco.

Trays in place of placemats make it easy to carry plates, silver and glasses and will stay put when its windy outside. Since we switched to a smaller table for the shoot, I had to do away with the trays as well as a small stree stump that would serve as a stand for succulents.

Silver bowls from india, cheese board and burlap runner from pottery barn, lion head soup bowls from william sonoma, steak knives from fishes eddy, napkins are from targetm the plates are vintage from a thrift store, and butterfly print tablecloth is hand made by me.

images: first pic by lawrence luk and last two my manvi drona-hidalgo


  1. Gorgeous, Manvi! I LOVE that first image! (You need to frame it – it is art!)

    I have promised myself to stay away from the computer this weekend – but I forgot to wish you a fun Memorial Day Weekend! So – enjoy and relax!



  2. Love this setting, and the tray-as-placemat idea is wonderful!


  3. Love the first photo with the turquoise background, beautiful table setting once again Manvi! Have a great weekend!

  4. Manvi this too looks adorable!
    I love your attention to detail and the fact that you mix wonderful travel finds with local purchases. Those Indian bowls are fantasic. Family heirlooms?

    The trays are also great and I hear you on the ‘keep the cloth in place’ – it’s a big thing for me here in Sydney.. there seem to be a constant stream of little ‘cloth lifting gusts of wind’ here in summer.. 🙂

    Big hug and happy thoughts for you. Hope you have a relaxing a fun weekend ahead of you and that you can rest your poor arm.

    xx Charlotta

  5. Very pretty the tray idea!! Do drop by My Dream Canvas when you get the chance..

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