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Setting a Classic Table for Fall Outdoor Entertaining

Hampton Classic Table

Photo Barbara Lynne Photography

The outdoor entertaining season here on Long Island extends well into September and beyond, with many days of ideal weather setting the stage for outdoor get togethers. Inspired by one of Long Island’s most time-honored events, the Hampton Classic Horse Show, and how it traditionally bridges the seasons from summer into fall, we share some innovative and classic ideas for setting a seasonally inspired table at home.

Embrace Bold, Bright Colors

Hampton Classic Table Setting

Photo Barbara Lynne Photography

Yellows, pinks, oranges and reds in all their shades bring bright pops of color to any fall table, and adding a little individual gift at each seat gives your guests something to remember from what’s sure to be a fabulous gathering.

Tangled Up in Blue

Hampton Classic Table Blue Hydrangea

Photo Barbara Lynne Photography

The simple style of hydrangeas, a colorful staple of so many Long Island gardens, pairs perfectly with the hues of carefully chosen pottery place settings.

Stone Cold Stylish

Hampton Classic Table Stones

Photo Barbara Lynne Photography

There is an understated elegance to employing a natural element to your table, such as the smooth stones found while wandering one of Long Island’s many beaches.

It’s Not Easy Being Green

Hampton Classic Table Green

Photo Barbara Lynne Photography

Or is it? We vote for the latter, especially when you can find a fanciful mix of plates, stemware and pitchers posing as vases, then bring them together with the details in your linens and personalized place cards—or is that place rocks?

A Touch of Whimsy

Hampton Classic Table Pig Cow Chicken

Photo Barbara Lynne Photography

“So a cow, a pig and a chicken get invited to a dinner party…” What, you’ve never heard that one? Well, we haven’t either, but by adding a whimsical touch or two to your table decor, we’re sure you will inspire somebody at your next gathering to be inspired to concoct such a joke, and then you’ll have to share it with us, of course.

Pink Is the New…Pink

Hampton Classic Table Pink

Photo Barbara Lynne Photography

The flowers, the linens, the candles—few colors say “party” like pink, particularly when it’s employed in a big, bold way.