The perfect tablescape, whatever the weather


The British summer brings with it a mix of sunshine and showers, making outdoor dining plans a bit unpredictable. But fear not! At West House Pottery, we believe that you can create beautiful tablescapes that are perfect for both indoor and outdoor settings. Let’s explore some creative ideas to set the scene for delightful dining experiences, whether it’s under the open sky or safely sheltered inside.

Create a cosy picnic

Picnics are the perfect way to enjoy good food in sunny weather, but if a rainy day is threatening to ruin your picnic plans, don’t worry! You can still have a lovely time by creating a cosy indoor picnic space. Prepare a soft and comfortable picnic area by using a blanket with cushions and throws. Set up your West House Pottery tableware in a charming arrangement, including the Serving Bowl for salads or pasta dishes. 

Nature’s colour palette

Infuse your table decor with natural elements to evoke the essence of summer. For your outdoor tablescape, embrace earthy tones, wooden accents, and rustic textures. Consider using wooden serving boards to serve delicious snacks or artisanal bread. Our handcrafted ceramics like the Curwen Dining set add a touch of organic beauty to your al fresco dining. For indoor settings, you can play with a blend of vibrant colours like blues from our Solway collection to create a fresh and lively ambience.

Embrace greenery

Enjoy a touch of nature indoors whether you are inside or out. Add some greenery to your dining area with potted plants, fresh flowers, or even a small indoor herb garden in the Curwen Plant Pot. The vibrant colours and natural scents will transport you to an alfresco oasis, no matter the weather. 

Opt for colourful summer bouquets featuring sunflowers, daisies, and roses. These cheerful blooms will add a burst of vibrancy to your indoor picnic and instantly lift everyone’s spirits. Consider placing small potted herbs like basil, mint, or lavender on the table. Not only do they add a delightful fragrance to the air, but they can also be used in your picnic snacks, infusing them with fresh, aromatic flavours.

Let there be light

Create a warm and inviting ambience by incorporating soft lighting. Use West House Pottery tea light holders or candlesticks to add a flickering glow to your dining space. With its elegant design and warm yellow hue, the Curwen tealight holder is perfect for creating a cosy atmosphere. 

Whilst outdoors, candles are the perfect garden accessories for illuminating the summer nights with a soft glow. Hang fairy lights overhead or drape them around trees to bring a magical glow to your garden dining area. 

Playful patterns and prints

Add a touch of whimsy and playfulness to your tablescapes with patterns and prints. Mix and match our West House Pottery pieces with different patterns and textures to create an eclectic and charming dining experience. Pair the Curwen Dinner Plate with the Solway Olive Bowl for a delightful contrast. The combination of playful ceramics will bring character and uniqueness to your table setup. For outdoor dining, consider using bright and cheerful table linens to complement the sunny weather. Indoors, opt for subtle patterns that effortlessly match your interior decor.

Functional and aesthetic table linens:

Choose table linens that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also practical, especially when unpredictable weather is a factor. Opt for stain-resistant and easy-to-clean tablecloths for outdoor dining, ensuring a fuss-free cleanup after any rain showers. For indoor setups, choose linens that complement your decor while adding a layer of sophistication to your table. 

Host a BBQ

Yes, you read that right! You can still have a BBQ experience indoors with some creativity. Use a griddle pan or an indoor grill to cook your favourite BBQ dishes like burgers or grilled vegetables. Serve them on West House Pottery plates and pair them with delicious sides in the Curwen Olive Bowl and perfect complementary condiments in the Condiment Dish. You’ll feel like you’re indulging in a summery BBQ, even if the rain is pouring outside.

While the rain pours outside, set up a DIY S’mores Bar inside. Provide graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate bars, and a few creative toppings like peanut butter, caramel sauce, or fruit. Let everyone customise their own delicious s’mores creations.


Don’t let the rain spoil your summer dining plans! With these creative ideas, you can enjoy the magic of alfresco dining right in the comfort of your home. Embrace the beauty of nature with West House Pottery’s handcrafted ceramics and create unforgettable memories, rain or shine. So, gather your loved ones, set the table, and let the festivities begin! Transform your indoor space into a haven of warmth, charm, and delicious culinary experiences. This rainy summer, embark on a journey of sensory delights that celebrate the art of bringing the outside inside with West House Pottery.


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