Summertime should be about easy living, even when you’re entertaining. So we sought out some of the simplest ways to dress up tables for summer. These tablescapes are like a breath of fresh air, and the best part is that they’re a breeze to recreate on your own at home!
Placing seashells around the table can transport guests to their favorite sandy shores, but we love this creative way to bring the beach home. Start with a fun tablecloth and colorful napkins, and then place a vintage postcard of a beach at each setting.
Burlap is something all entertainers and DIY-ers should keep a supply of at home. Incredibly inexpensive and versatile, this natural fabric always comes in handy. Here, a burlap tablecloth is brightened with cheerful pops of yellow. When it comes to summer table settings, you can never go wrong with fruits and fresh flowers. We also like how the flowerpots are placed in bright blue gifts bags to add extra color.
With the right table, you can nix the tablecloth all together and go au natural! This simple table setting proves just how far flowers and one gorgeous piece of seasonal fruit can go. Now, picture a bright red chile or a beautiful purple eggplant. Any colorful seasonal veggie or herb can work just as well!
Fashion designer Trina Turk told Elle Décor that when it comes to summer entertaining, she likes bringing indoor furniture outside and hanging light fixtures from trees. We love this idea; it opens the door to plenty of creativity! You can use store bought lanterns or even make your own out of decorated mason jars and twine.
Another great summer entertaining idea is to serve your food outdoors like a grab-and-go picnic. Nathan Turner, author and interior designer, mentioned to Architectural Digest that he likes “to place everything out like a minibuffet and let people build their own salads…It’s a perfect warm-weather lunch.”
How you serve up summer parties is up to you but we recommend using a little creativity and keeping it light and summery.
What are your favorite ways to set tables and serve up summer parties and gatherings?