Neutral hues, handmade stoneware and organic shapes are ruling the table this season. The Market (2628 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-889-1145) sells linens and baskets in a neutral palette that corresponds with classic ivory or white dishes. To soften the look, pick up plates and serving pieces from the VIETRI Lastra line carried at Provence (2659 E. Normandy Dr., Ste. 104, Springfield, 417-887-1930). The handmade stoneware has a raw, natural edge, and no two pieces are exactly alike. “That’s what’s trending now: a refined, comfortable look that’s moving away from the overly formal look,” says Aaron Conway with Provence.
Bright and Sunny
For a punchy soiree, head to Provence to pick up Kate Spade plates in bright colors like fuchsia and aqua. The sharp, geometric shapes add a modern twist to classic summer hues. If pattern is more your style, Miranda Eickmeyer at Me and My House (3405 E. Battlefield, Springfield, 417-720-1291) recommends mixing patterns for a whimsical look. The store sells a set of four patterned plates, or you can create your own by choosing hand-painted dishes for a one-of-a-kind setting.
Take it Outside
Conjure up a picnic vibe with bright, sunny colors and indoor-outdoor materials. The Market carries woven baskets and galvanized metal trays for serving up sammies, juicy watermelon slices or refreshing iced teas. “They work well outdoors and indoors, and the metal works across seasons,” says Cathy Cooley with The Market. Keep the perfect picnic feeling going by serving pink lemonade in classic milk bottles from Me and My House, and serve them to guests in an old-school wooden carrier.