DC Inspired: An Al Fresco Tablescape That Channels the Cherry Blossoms

The pale pinks and blues of this year’s blooms inspired this summery spread.

By: Meg Biram

This year was my first to experience the cherry blossoms in full bloom, and I’m still thinking about the subtle pinks of the flowers against that vibrant blue sky. Though the blooms have long since faded, I recently found inspiration in a photo I snapped while on the Mall in April. I went on the perfect Friday afternoon—the weather was unseasonably warm, the sun was shining, and the forecast was calling for rain in the coming days. I spent more than an hour getting just the perfect shot, capturing the Washington Monument surrounded by blossoms. The colors and textures in this image seemed like a great starting point for a summery outdoor meal setting, and a rustic table, pretty pinks, and modern tableware added up to just the right vibe.

Inspired Items (clockwise from top left): Jonathan Adler ikat melamine salad plate and ikat highball; Serena & Lily mombasa place mats; Design Darling curvy mini vase; West Elm jardine dining table; Amber Interiors pink medium blanket; Chic Shop vintage brass tray.