A Red Hot Chilli Table

WORDS:: Chyka Keebaugh

PHOTOS:: Lisa Atkinson

This outdoor table setting really does have quite a kick!

I am always looking for fun and vibrant ways to dress up a table. I love a little creative entertaining where my food theme can match that of the table, so creating a chilli inspired setting was always going to be on the cards.

In the summer months, I always try to dine outside as much as I can, to soak up the sun and fresh air. As soon as I saw this collection of chillies I knew what had to be done! I wanted an outdoor setting with lots of luscious reds, a combination of bold patterns and a row of lush chilli plants. Creating a simple meal like a fabulous Chilli Con Carne that can be shared amongst a group of friends, sits so well on this table.

I love the colour of these bright red chillies, so naturally, the colour scheme had reflect this colouration. The cloth had to be red and white check - you know I love a clash of patterns, so including the bandannas as a napkin brings a little country feel to the setting. The red glasses etched with a floral motif also clashes in design but ties into the colour palette.

My tablecloth fabric is a few metres of large gingham fabric from Spotlight stores, cutlery from Pottery Barn and fresh chilli blackboard tags a bargain purchase from my local $2 shop. Having a wooden mini chopping board breaks up the red and brings some texture to the table, this as well as the baskets used for holding the plants are by Provincial Home Living.

Now, all we need is the delicious meal of Chilli Con Carne to share with friends, and we are ready to go!