Why It Works Wednesday: An Earthy Backyard BBQ Setting (A Guest Post from Jessica Poole)

I have a real pension for tablescaping, table décor, table settings, whatever your fancy is and I thought you might love this utterly divine earthy backyard BBQ setting that I recently shared as much as I do!

Good Morning Lovelies, Jessica from Storyboard Wedding here to
captivate & amaze while our gal Cris brings a gorgeous lil one into the
world! It’s always an honor to step in
for a fellow wedding maven & I certainly hope not to disappoint!  When chatting with Cris about what might be a
great post to share with you, we knew that one of my ‘Why
It Works Wednesday’
features would be perfect! In my weekly spot I feature one stellar
design centric image that everyone has been coveting and break down the amazing
elements that went into it and what exactly it is, that makes it work so
well!  I have a real pension for
tablescaping, table décor, table settings, whatever your fancy is and I thought
you might love this utterly divine earthy backyard BBQ setting that I recently
shared as much as I do! Additionally the
beauty to this sort of table set up is that with a bit of time spent &
elbow grease used, you can easily source table cloths, napkins and the like
from places like Goodwill, thrift shops to your local vintage boutique. You can put together a beauty just like this,
following a few key principles {that I review below} that certainly will NOT break your budget!

I have a real thing for table settings and when done right,
setting a table properly and creatively as can be is practically art in and of
itself. When guest are presented with the {reception} room
for the first time, rest assured that after the awe of the whole picture
subsides, the very next thing they are looking at are your tables! One of
my most favorite boards that I curate on Pinterest focuses expressly on the art
of the table setting which I have dubbed, Elegance of Table Setting. Designing
ones tables for an event is a true art but with a bit of help and design
breakdown, you’ll soon enough be seeing the saucers through the forest of
plates, if you know what I mean!

There has been the most chic, lovely & wondrous backyard
BBQ place setting floating around for a bit now and I am super eager to discuss
it on WIWW! This gorgeous dream of a setup has color harmony out the wazoo,
gentle eye breaks in the form of texture & pattern, along with a
beautifully organic touch! The full post can be found
on OnceWed and as always I highly encourage you to
head over to check it out! Let’s see this light beauty shall we!?

Image Courtesy of: Robert Sukrachand

Color Theory: The first element to the entire
setup that really resonates is the color harmony. Complimentary colors in
the form of green & peach are the true stars here. The varying tones
of each color beautifully jive with its neighbor as each is slightly
lighter {or darker} then the next. The wonderful thing
about the color scheme is that some elements, such as the rosemary sprig &
some of the leaves in the planter box, contain a tonal range all within
themselves! This vibrant collection of complimentary colors delivers a truly
fresh & nirvana like state to any table set up. While the greens
& peaches are spectacular, the mix of neutrals within the rest of the table
serve to keep our lofty shades grounded! In just about any color match
up, neutral colors are fair game. The rule of thumb here is simply to
make sure that your tonal ranges match up.  You'll want the right kind of
whites, the right deepness of blacks, and the right earthiness of your browns.
 Here, charcoal to true blacks are used, mixed with what I will call lived
in whites. Tying it all together is the light beige table cloth which is
the perfect balance between the deep blacks & light whites.  Color
harmony takes a lot of work, but when you get it right, there is nothing more

Pattern Party: Personally I am a huge
proponent of patterns. In most cases, if I can throw in at least one
pattern, I'm a happy girl. By design, patterns keep the eye moving,
beautiful noise if you will, therefore the key is always pattern selection.
Pick competing patterns and your eyes will cry, pick just the right
combos and the sky's will sing! The beauty to the pattern selection here
is the use of two striking patterns that are not loud attention seekers.
When working with multiple patterns, the key is to select patterns that
will play nice with one another. Mixing of geometric shapes are typically
a nice way to go, just make sure there is a common thread to tie them together.
The pairing of these two work so well as the simple windowpane check squares in
the base layer echo that of the diamond shape that is found in between the
circles within the top napkin. I bet when you first looked at the set up
you didn't even realize how very complimentary the two patterns were! The
hidden gem to the layering however is the choice of the solid black menu which
provides the eye break within the pattern world and beautifully ties them all
together. Even the choice of font for the menu eloquently picks up on the
thinness of the check print as does the name card which echoes that of the curvier
nature of the circle napkin. Speaking of ties, the small simple black
& white striped ribbon tying our napkin package together, works beautifully
to counter balance those geometric shapes within the napkins. Lastly the
soft gentle textures & patterns in the floral, their leaves and even the
table cloth all serve as the perfect complement to the overall picture!

Earthy Goodness:  Perhaps my favorite
piece to this puzzle is the wonderfully organic feel to the entire set up.
Starting with the simple yet oh so powerful touch of the Rosemary sprig
as the perfect finishing element to the choice of the centerpiece which
emulates that of how one might envision flowers to appear in a natural proper
English garden. Even the choice of using a low planter box {dark stained
to beautifully harmonize with the color scheme!}
 brings you back to a
true backyard garden feel, touching back to mother earth. I am not sure
if it is or not, but the tablecloth seems as if it might be made of  hemp,
at the very least linen, either way, wonderful organic fibers that further that
yummy earthy feel.

Light, bright and fresh can be wonderfully achieved with
just the right elements. Gorgeous florals, select patterns, organic or
metallic, you name it, the table setting world is your oyster! Remember
just because you want a lighter {or darker} setup doesn't mean
that you can not have darker elements. Not to get all philosophical on
you, but for what is a highlight without shadow detail, and the reverse is
equally as true!  Be sure to check out the full backyard BBQ wedding
at OnceWed HERE. I'd love to hear what your
favorite elements in today's WIWW are! Are you a fan of patterns like me,
or is it the organic earthy elements that touched you? Have something
you'd love to have design explained, send it in, you never know, it just might
be the next WIWW!

Vendor Love:

Photography by Robert Sukrachand // Event Design + Florals +
Coordination by The
Nouveau Romantics
// Catering by 14 Acre Farm // Vintage Rentals by Magpie Vintage
// Wedding Dress by Leanne Marshall // Groom’s Suit by Brooklyn Tailors // Invitations by Katherine Ahn

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