It all Starts with the Invitation
I studied the colors in our garden quite a bit before planning this party. My goal was to create a rustic and relaxed yet elegant garden party with the color focus being on the garden, not the linens. I chose the lavender/violet, bright green and natural stone colors from our garden as the color theme on the invitation knowing I’d use these same colors for the linens, floral arrangements, paper lanterns & cocktail napkins. The colors are repeated in the garden. I think the invitation should set the tone for the party because it gives the guests a feeling and impression about the type of party and how to dress.
Creating Inviting Outdoor Rooms
Make it Cozy with Outdoor Drapes
Finding Linens that Work in your Home
In the past, I used a lot of creamy white damask table linens. Nothing wrong with white but they seemed a bit formal for what I was going for this time. These neutral and natural looking Havana Linens fit the bill perfectly. I was so happy to find high quality heavy weight linens from a company that made them here in the USA, sold them to me at Wholesale prices with no sales tax. The customer service was really great, they were easy to order and the delivery was prompt.
Choosing the Right Size, Style and Color
Setting up to Welcome the Guests
Something New, Something Borrowed and…
Rustic and Relaxed Elegance
Havana Faux Burlap Table Linens
The Havana Faux Burlap Natural Table Linens really set the stage for our party. They have a lovely weight, drape and texture. They are easy care, quick to dry and no ironing needed. This is what a 56″ round Havana Faux Burlap tablecloth looks like on a 30″ x 40″ tall cocktail table and how a 72″ x 72″ square tablecloth looks on a 44″ x 44″ table. With teak tables, I saw no reason to go long with the overhang.
Again, thank you Premier Table Linens for your great product, availability of so many shapes and sizes in stock, excellent wholesale pricing, great communication, quick shipping and no sales tax! I am happy to recommend your tablecloths to all of my friends. Had I rented similar tablecloths at our local rental company, I would have probably paid the same amount and I would have needed to return them!
The Garden Party
The Designer Faux Burlap, the Havana Faux collection table linens from Premier Burlap Boutique are fabulous! I love how they compliment our umbrellas and natural stone so the color focal point stays on the garden. I purchased a 120″ round tablecloth which was very long on purpose to hide the ugly metal legs of the cocktail table then I tied together 2 -20″ (the largest size option) linen napkins in an overhand knot, cinched the waist and tied the same pretty knot on the other side, letting the triangle sections hang down in the center and gathered and adjusted the skirt to hang beautifully while covering the metal legs.
Thanks for checking in to take a look… Here’s to celebrating life with friends and family!
hallinion September 4, 2014 at 10:17 pm
Tony, I am planning another event in a few weeks at a ocean front beach rental house on the Central Coast. I plan to use some of my Havana Faux Burlap linens but would really love to add some of the matching or coordinating Havana table runners. Infact, some tables I may want to only use the table runners. It will be a gorgeous setting for some photos too.
Linda Haslowon July 16, 2014 at 6:31 am
The Havana Faux Burlap tablecloths I purchased wash so well and require practically no ironing at all. These are the best tablecloths our restaurant has ever owned.. Thank you for this article which was one of the factors that persuaded us to try the Havana.
Carleson September 29, 2013 at 4:55 pm
I really like your style and must also comment on what a beautiful home and garden you great taste in every respect. When will be seeing another post from you? I have subscribed to this blog site and will be looking forward to it.
hallinion November 4, 2013 at 3:39 pm
Thank you for your compliments and apologies for my delay in responding to your post. I just returned from an extended vacation to Italy and France and my internet access was very limited.
hallinion January 8, 2014 at 7:43 pm
I just published a new article on Holiday Entertaining. Hope you enjoy!
Robinon September 5, 2013 at 8:04 pm
Dear Lori Linens – For our reception we are using white linens with Havana overlays and burlap table runners. Our caterer suggested we use Havana napkins or white napkins but I am leaning towards the Spun Poly toast for napkins. Any suggestions?
Also, should we use 17 x 17 napkins or the 20 x 20?
Thank you in advance,
Hi Robin, If the Havana overlays and burlap table runners are in the natural color, I would choose contrasting white napkins to match the table linens for a crisp and classic look. There are a number of ways to shape, fold or roll the napkins, depending on the style, venue, time of day and formality of your event. The 20″ napkins are quite generous and they allow more fabric to work with so they are my preference. I suggest looking at the photos on this website that mix white and burlap then look on Pinterest for inspiration. Best wishes!
Robin, I just sent you a personal email with some photos of linens and table settings to hopefully inspire you and help you decide what you want to do with your napkins. If you don’t see the email, please check your junk folder just incase. Lori
Deborahon September 4, 2013 at 8:23 am
I have used the Havana for many clients weddings, parties and events and of all the Designer Faux burlap fabrics love the Havana the best.
Millermeade Farmon September 3, 2013 at 10:09 pm
I am in awe. You have given me inspiration for a formal party we are having at our farm. Thank you!
hallinion September 4, 2013 at 7:19 pm
I’m glad to hear you are inspired for your party. What’s great about the Havana Faux Burlap Linens is that they look elegant yet so natural in outdoor and rustic settings which makes it easy to create a formal event that feels relaxed. If you want a formal look, you might consider going full length with all of the tablecloths so they drop to the floor but that is entirely your preference. Good luck with your party!
Melissaon September 3, 2013 at 10:02 pm
Amazing photography. What a beautiful setting for a party and I am impressed at your decor.
hallinion September 4, 2013 at 7:09 pm
Thank you so much! This was a special 80th birthday party for my Mother-in-Law and it turned out to be a really nice event.