How to plan a backyard African escape

How to plan a backyard African escape

July 23, 2018


Planning an outdoor party this summer? Try branching out by choosing a theme reflective of a different culture. Valparaiso food blogger and stylist Elena Anderson of Savor Paradise shares her ideas for an African tablescape, inspired by a recent tea party fundraiser she worked on to raise funds for an African adoption.

~Styling by Elena Anderson

The inspiration for this table and food came from this beautiful African fabric that was turned into napkins. The fabric was bold, so I knew immediately that I wanted to grab the navy blue from the fabric and pair it with gold throughout to enhance the napkins but also tone down the pattern a bit. I also wanted to use a neutral color throughout, and the tan on the napkins worked perfectly to help with pillows and fabric for people to sit on.

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Planning an outdoor party this summer? Try branching out by choosing a theme reflective of a different culture. Valparaiso food blogger and stylist Elena Anderson of Savor Paradise shares her ideas for an African tablescape, inspired by a recent tea party fundraiser she worked on to raise funds for an African adoption.

~Styling by Elena Anderson

The inspiration for this table and food came from this beautiful African fabric that was turned into napkins. The fabric was bold, so I knew immediately that I wanted to grab the navy blue from the fabric and pair it with gold throughout to enhance the napkins but also tone down the pattern a bit. I also wanted to use a neutral color throughout, and the tan on the napkins worked perfectly to help with pillows and fabric for people to sit on.

Photo Credit: Laura Duggleby

I wanted to bring the indoors out with this tablescape. When I think of Africa I think of luscious greenery and outdoor kitchens. Using pillows and blankets for seating helps with the theme and brings people closer to that natural feel. I used large amounts of burlap as the base and then layered with a few rugs, then blankets and lastly pillows. The layering helps with sitting for long periods of time while also hiding some fabric that may not fit this specific theme. I also started with the burlap to help protect the rugs and blankets from getting any grass or dirt on them.

Photo Credit: Laura Duggleby

The rattan bowls and napkins came from the Advocate Hope Shop [an NWI-based online shop featuring artisan items]. The white and gold teacups are from New Creation, a resale shop I frequent in Valparaiso. They cost just five dollars for all six of them. This was a great find and I love a good deal!

Photo Credit: Laura Duggleby

When it comes to filling in the table with accessories, look for things that fit with your specific theme and/or color. To accompany my theme and the color scheme of gold, navy blue and tan, I chose to incorporate greenery but also pair it with a fabric like burlap to get more of a safari feel instead of a tropical feel. I always like adding glassware or anything that sparkles, like the gold votives. These add an extra element to the table, but also incorporate visual height.

Photo Credit: Laura Duggleby

ABOUT SAVOR PARADISE
Elena Anderson is a travel food blogger at savorparadise.com. Her mission is to bring people together by exploring other cultures through food. Savor Paradise features resources for easy-to-make dishes from other cultures as well as ideas for hosting celebrations or dinner parties. Elena can be reached at 219.921.6181 or savorparadiseblog@gmail.com.

Photo Credit: Laura Duggleby
Elena Anderson
Photo Credit: Laura Duggleby
Elena Anderson

ABOUT SAVOR PARADISE
Elena Anderson is a travel food blogger at savorparadise.com. Her mission is to bring people together by exploring other cultures through food. Savor Paradise features resources for easy-to-make dishes from other cultures as well as ideas for hosting celebrations or dinner parties. Elena can be reached at 219.921.6181 or savorparadiseblog@gmail.com.