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The first meal of the day lends itself well to soft shades and a cheerful aesthetic. In this instance, we matched the pastel hue of the flowers with the color of the cups, but didn’t use any bright shades—when fresh fruits are on the table, you don’t want to compete. Also, be sure to match stripes with solids when both have a shared color, like navy blue.
In our book, navy works as a neutral: it pretty much goes with every other color on the wheel, and it still has a casual quality that works well for lunchtime gatherings. Use the shade as a backdrop for salads and sandwiches, and pair it with bright pops of color—it looks particularly good against red.
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Dinner parties have a reputation for being upscale events, but really, it’s more fun if you keep this meal as low-key as the others. A simple linen tablecloth will provide all the dramatics you need, while the long vertical stripes of a runner will make the table appear longer. Intersperse low bouquets with white candles for ambiance, and you’re all set.