It all starts with the invitation

Burap Havana 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.
We love entertaining in the garden but sometimes, it’s a challenge to get people to venture outside.  There’s usually a group of people who prefer standing in the kitchen to watch the food being arranged on the buffet and they arrive starving!  Since we planned to serve dinner at 5:00, we started the party at 3:30, which gave everyone time to enjoy the garden and take photos before dinner.  I’ve found by creating one or more festive, comfortable and inviting outdoor spaces, it does help to draw people outside.  Having outdoor beverage stations, appetizers and music helps too!  🙂

Finding Linens that work in your home

Choosing the right size, style and color. This is a 58″ x 108″ tablecloth to show how it fits on a 35″ x 74″ table. I like to figure a 12″ drop when you have a pretty table. Anything longer is unnecessary, more formal, larger to store, more expensive and takes up too much room in the washing machine. I also find that I get caught up or stuck in longer tablecloths when I sit at the table and I prefer sitting under a 12″ drop because it is more comfortable and yet it still looks elegant. I do know that many brides and others having formal events like their linens to cover the entire table.
The 20 inch Havana Faux Burlap napkins are a great size to wrap the silverware in because there is enough room to wrap and tuck in so the napkin stays together securely and it looks nice.

Setting up to welcome the guests


Something new, something borrowed and

How about working with some of what you already have?  Many years ago, I invested in some commercial quality plastic folding tables, a number of brown wooden folding chairs, and assorted table linens from local discount department stores.  I used the linens many times during the past 10-12 years and was ready to make a change!  These new Havana Faux Burlap linens from Premier Burlap Boutique along with the new paper lanterns lining the walkway to welcome guests were just what I wanted for a pretty update and the natural colors tied in nicely with the garden.

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


Burlap is the natural choice

The Designer Faux Burlap, the Havana Faux collection table linens from Premier Burlap Boutique are fabulous! I love how they complement 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.

About the Author

Burlap Boutique and Premier Table Linens Guest author

Hi My name is Lori Hall

About me: Born and raised on the beautiful Central Coast of California in San Luis Obispo & living the SLO life as a wife, mother & more! I enjoy writing and photography, cooking, entertaining, decorating, travel, fine dining, wine, and spending time at home with my husband and family.

Background: For ten years, I worked for two Central Coast wineries located in the Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande Valley as a Tasting Room Manager, Director of Special Events, Sales, Marketing & Public Relations. I coordinated weddings and special events and was responsible for hiring caterers, style and menu planning, table settings, coordinating party rentals and entertainment. For two years, I worked as a Tasting Room Manager and Wine Buyer for a major Wine & Spirits retailer. My inspiration for party and special event planning came from my childhood friend’s mom, Rosemary; who’s gracious and relaxed entertaining style, menu planning and table settings made a long and lasting impression on me. I must thank my husband who’s critical eye for detail and style have helped me grow and develop my skills. Feel free to ask me any questions or opinion on any table linen decorating ideas you have in mind and I will respond through this post.

Thanks for checking in to take a look… Here’s to celebrating life with friends and family!