Summer Tablescapes

Summer Tablescapes

Summer Tablescapes
There's no better season than summer to take advantage of an outdoor dining space. Enjoying a delicious meal surrounded by fresh air, sunshine, and good company is one of the simple pleasures of summertime. If you're planning on eating outside often, you'll want to make sure your table decor is on point. Use these 14 summer tablescape ideas to create a stunning setting that will invite conversation and good times all season long.

14 Tablescapes for Summer

1

All-Out Americana

All-Out Americana

This red, white, and blue extravaganza is perfect for Memorial Day and 4th of July get-togethers or for everyday use if your patriotic flame burns especially bright. Choose one star-spangled color for your table runner or placemats, another for your dinnerware, and find table decor in the final color to complete your arrangement. Complement your Americana tablescape with thick-cushioned seating that encourages guests to stay seated for viewing after-dinner fireworks.

2

Coastal Blue and White

Coastal Blue and White

You don’t have to live near the ocean to enjoy the iconic appeal of a Coastal-style dining space. Get this clean, nautical look with a natural wood table and chairs that feature a plank-like construction. Blue-and-white dishes and table linens set the tone for this otherwise uncomplicated arrangement. If you don’t already have one, consider a rug in a similar color scheme to soften your space and add some extra comfort.

3

Floral Simplicity

Floral Simplicity

This tablescape idea gives off a summer-fresh feel without requiring too much effort. The style of table here isn’t so important as long as it’s made of wood. Set your table with floral-patterned dinnerware and matching glassware in a similar color. A single arrangement of flowers in the middle of the table is all you need to achieve an organic, uncluttered vibe. Choose flowers that match your color scheme for a monochromatic look or opt for complementary-colored blossoms that will make your centerpiece pop.

4

Rustic Refinement

Rustic Refinement

Decorate your dining space with a little country charm for a look that feels homey yet refined. Pair a solid, Rustic-style table and chairs with white- or cream-colored table linens and pristine white dinnerware. Use Mason-jar-style drinkware to lean the arrangement more country, or opt for wine glasses or goblets to fancy things up a bit. Keep table decor to a minimum, with maybe one or two small floral displays or a single, larger centerpiece.

5

Home-Grown Glam

Home-Grown Glam

This mixture of Farmhouse flair and Glam glitz is perfect for putting together an elegant, homespun table setting. Use gold flatware and tabletop decor to bring some shine to your arrangement. These gold accents pop against a backdrop of plain, woven table linens and contemporary white dinnerware to create a feel of understated opulence. Stemless wine glasses add to the minimalist splendor. You can garnish plates with a single sprig of greenery to help ground the look and add a bit of color to your tablescape.

6

Independence Inspiration

Independence Inspiration

Choose a freedom-inspired look that’s summer friendly. You can achieve a subtly Americana dining area by incorporating signature reds, whites, and blues in background elements like your rug, throw pillows, and seat cushions. Neutral-colored dishes and serveware won’t clash with the rest of the theme and go a long way toward creating a balanced tablescape. How much table decor you include is up to you, but consider simple patriotic accents like miniature flags and ribbons for a celebratory touch.

7

Perfectly Pink

Perfectly Pink
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This charming tablescape is perfect if you’re hosting a baby shower, bachelorette party, or sweet sixteen this summer. Pink is the primary focus and can be found in placemats, tablecloths, napkins, and tabletop decor. Display pink roses or carnations in white or clear vases to continue the theme. You can balance the wave of color with simple white dinnerware and subtly colored glass drinkware. Gold flatware brings a Glam element of luxury to your table setting that gives the whole arrangement an upscale look.

8

Tea Time

Tea Time
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A small outdoor table or bistro set might feel too small for hosting a full meal but is perfect for some midday refreshment. Decorate your table for tea time with light-colored table linens and ornate summery dishes. Teacups and saucers define the purpose of your tablescape, while a multi-tiered tea tray is the perfect way to serve light snacks, cookies, or sandwiches. Whether you’re setting up for an intimate brunch or a low-key garden party, this look works for both single- and multiple-table setups.

9

Succulent Summertime

Succulent Summertime
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Say hello to summer with a table full of lush succulent plants. Use as many as you possibly can to greenify the middle of your setting. Earthen pots lend a homey feel to your tablescape, while shiny metal planters provide a trendier appeal. Use a natural wood table and chair set to stay consistent with the established organic motif. When it comes to dinnerware, just make sure that the colors match or complement your tabletop decor. You can add small leaves or sprigs of green plants to each place setting to make sure everyone feels included in this lively table decoration.

10

Elegant Engagement

Elegant Engagement
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When formal or other important occasions come along, you want your dining area to look elegant and welcoming but not too busy. One solution is to keep these things light: colors, decor, and furniture. If your outdoor dining chairs aren’t already light colored, consider white chair covers to give them all a uniform look. The same goes for your table. You can dress up any table with a white- or cream-colored tablecloth or allow the natural beauty of a light-colored wood table to shine. Keep tabletop decor to a minimum with maybe one or two small vases or accent pieces. Use dinnerware and flatware that is appropriate to the formality of the occasion.

11

Country Living

Country Living
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Even if you don’t live in a rural location, you can enjoy the look of a country-inspired tablescape. Decorate your Rustic wood table with vases full of sunflowers and wildflowers for bright and cheerful decor that sets the mood for the whole arrangement. Checkered-plaid tablecloths, napkins, or placemats in blue and white or red and white give your table that picnic look that’s both inviting and fun. The best dishes, silverware, and glasses for this setting will echo simplicity and functionality. Other country table accents are also welcome, from knotted rope to unique Mason jar creations.

12

All-Natural Escape

All-Natural Escape

Who says your outdoor table must be used strictly during the day or for meals? It’s easy to set up an inviting, nature-friendly tablescape that’s perfect for snacks, drinks, and late-night conversation. Lighting is key for any nighttime gathering, so use lanterns, candles, and string lights to give your table just the right amount of warm illumination. Leave your Rustic-style tabletop bare to display the rough wood-grain pattern and provide enough space for a scattering of food trays and serving dishes. This unique setting is great for buffet-style parties and potlucks that have a tendency to extend late into the evening.

13

Bright Eclectic

Colorful Eclectic
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Go wild with a bright, eclectic mash-up of colors and outdoor furniture styles to create a look that’s uniquely yours. Mix and match colors, textures, and even design styles for an arrangement you won’t find on any of your friends’ Pin boards. Balance is key, so decide which elements you want to stand out and what areas should remain simple. If you hate rules and love pushing creative boundaries, making a bold statement with your outdoor table decor can be a fun summer project.

14

Dark and Handsome

Dark and Handsome
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A versatile look that works for both formal and fun occasions, this tablescape uses a darker palette than most summer styles. Build your setting on a dark wood or metal table for best results. Black dinnerware and tabletop decor help establish a sleek and modern ambiance that’s elevated even further by shiny silver or gold flatware. Punctuate the dark theme with pops of color from bright bouquets, placemats, or a table runner to provide some balance to the overall arrangement. The contrast to a vibrant, bright outdoor setting will make your table decor really stand out, and this look can also be a welcome anchor as you transition the rest of your outdoor decor from summer to fall.