Creating a charming, summer table top is easy to do in a few simple steps.
[MUSIC] Creating a charming summer tabletop is easy to do in just a few quick steps. Basic linens and dinnerware, plus a few clever ideas, was all it took to create this rustic, casual look. To create this display, lay down a light colored linen or cotton tablecloth. Use a long, wooden baguette board or multiple smaller boards as a base for an array of colorful heirloom tomatoes from your garden, the farmer's market, or grocery store. The more variety and tone in size, the better your display. Just line them up along the center of the table and then build outward. Add in a few cream pillar candles for ambiance, once the sun goes down. No need to buy fancy china or flat ware. Everyday plain white plates let the colorful tomato centerpiece shine. Decant wine into a shapely, clear glass holder, if desired, to add an unexpected touch to the setup. Wooden handles lend a rustic note to forks, knives and spoons. But stainless steel is another great option. It's all about using what you have on hand. Keep glassware simple. Clear tumblers with etching in different sizes will do the trick for serving multiple beverages. Gauzy blue linen napkins, complementary in color to the centerpiece, were folded in fourths and topped with a small white plate. Holding a little bowl of sea salt and a sprig of thyme. Encourage guests to use these seasonings to customize dishes to their tastes. And there you have it! The best part of this setup, you can send out guests with tomatoes as favors or incorporate the leftovers into your next family meal. [MUSIC]