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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.

Cherry Blossoms. Photograph 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

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.