design: Seashore style.
Crisp blue or white tablecloths and napkins will instantly give a fresh, coastal feel. Get the look: Source table linen from The White Company and serve food on Sainsbury's blue and white stripe picnicware for a "meal by the sea" feel, whatever the location. Plastic stripe pitcher, pounds 4.99, wine glass pounds 1.49, and dinner plate, pounds 1.79.
Echo the blues with John Lewis's blue and white striped cutlery, pounds 13 for a set of six knives or forks.
Joanna Wood's collection of seashore accessories is irresistible and perfect for this table theme. It includes shell salt and pepper shakers, pounds 8.75; shell place name holders, pounds 9.95 for six; while a large white conch shell, pounds 19, could make a centrepiece.
The White Company's pure white table linen, with china and wood and ceramic serving tray. The serving tray is pounds 20; Al fresco dining from Set with Style (in association with Thomas Goode) by Caroline Clifton-Mogg, published by Jacqui Small, priced pounds 30