In this post I’m sharing easy outdoor summer table setting tips and ideas to help you mix and match for a beautiful and unique table.
It’s a safe bet to say that with summer at our doorsteps, many of us will be spending these warm months outdoors. Summer is a time for keeping things simple and uncomplicated, and in the words of George Gershwin “summertime, an’ the livin’ is easy”…as it should be to enjoy every minute of the day! Thanks to my friend Alicia of A Burst Of Beautiful for putting together a blog tablescape hop today.
My number one tip for setting a table is to always start with the flowers. Hurry, because in the late spring and early summer our favorite PEONIES are available and fleeting! When I think of an easy outdoor summer tablescape you’ll always find an abundance of fresh flowers that are generally accented with blue on the table.
Our outdoor garden space with the trestle table is my favorite place to dine whenever possible.
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Outdoor Summer Table Setting Tips
- Flowers First – head to your local grocery store or order on-line if you can’t find what you want or live remotely. My flowers were provided by Petal Driven. Alternately you can use faux and there are some excellent choices these days! You’ll find some of my favorite fauxs in THIS POST.
- Accent Advice – Now that you have your flowers you will have to decide on an accent color for your outdoor table centerpieces. I prefer a grouping that goes down the middle of the table and keep it low for conversation to flow freely.
- Carry On – Take the color of your flower arrangements and/or summer flower containers into the place settings. I chose blue, which is always a safe bet for summer and you can mix all shades without it looking strange.
The blue flower pots are from several sources that I’ve collaborated with in the past…HomeGoods, At Home Stores and Kirklands. I will add some similar shopping sources at the bottom of this post, so scroll for those! The blue bowls were handthrown by your’s truly and I use my own pottery on a daily basis in our home. Read more about that HERE and shop for similar items below.
While normally I’m not a huge proponent of paper or plastic, for outdoor living it can be mixed and matched to avoid breakage. The napkins are paper and the flatware and stemware are acrylic. Would you ever know that those wine glasses in this easy outdoor summer tablescape are plastic?! Definitely prevents issues, especially when the party starts to extend to the pool area.
If you use a tall vase, place this one at the end of your table so as not to block the view of guests.
And for outdoor table centerpieces that will last until (or after) dark…don’t forget the candles. There is always an ocean breeze where I live, so they need to be in a glass container. Mix and match and make sure that you have enough ambient light to give your outdoor summer table setting beautiful appeal. Remember (as always) there are no hard or fast rules, so be creative and think outside the box and just have fun. I hope that you feel inspired!
If you enjoy setting a summer table with a casual chic vibe, you’ll want to click over and see these posts too!
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Be sure to visit my talented friends below for much more inspiration for your summer tables…