With beautiful weather for al fresco dining and more vacation days on the calendar, summer is high time for entertaining. That said, it’s still easy to get caught in a basic barbecue rut, especially after you’ve gone all out for your red-white-and-blue Fourth of July extravaganza. So today we’re bringing you a few gorgeous summer tablescapes to fire up your entertaining spirit this season. Read on below for a few stunning ideas.
A TROPICAL TABLETOP
Stylist Emily Henderson has tapped into the allure of the Caribbean with a tropical tablescape that’s easy and affordable to recreate. To bring this look to life, her team sourced large, leafy greens which they overlapped to create a table runner and added to clear glass vases and jars, giving the centerpiece some height.
Placed under simple white plates and soft peach bowls, woven rattan chargers further contribute to that tropical vibe. Striped napkins add a graphic element, and gold flatware brings a little polish.
Greenery like banana leaves are a great alternative to expensive floral arrangements—you can pick them in the wild if you live in a warm-weather area, or source them cheaply from a florist.
SOFT PINKS AND INDIGOS
Designed by 100 Layer Cake for an oysters-and-rosé fête, this feminine summer tablescape is elegant and leisurely with gorgeous peachy florals and indigo-hued table linens. This tablescape is a lot more elaborate than the previous, but its beautiful palette gives you plenty to work with no matter how complex a party you plan to host.
The trick to executing this is two-fold. First, stock up on simple solid dinnerware and glassware in shades of indigo and whites or off-whites. Mix and match napkins with subtle indigo stripes. If you’re not planning to serve rosé, you can bring in the soft pinks and peaches in colored glass tumblers. Second, splurge on a beautiful bouquet with a mix of pastel pink and white florals, as well as a bit of greenery. If you have a garden, you can certainly recreate this look with picked stems.
Woven rattan chargers bring in a summery vibe again here—a great investment no matter what look you’re going for!
If your supply of dinnerware, silverware, and table linens is limited, this tablescape is for you. You can still make a statement with a show-stopping garland made of greenery, florals, and fresh fruit even if your entertaining closet isn’t kitted out.
Try this DIY fruit tablescape for a daytime summer brunch or lunch by first laying down a simple garland of eucalyptus, and then topping it with bushy, colorful flowers like peonies and assorted citrus. Whatever fruit you have on hand will make for a beautiful centerpiece for your summer party. And the best part? When your meal is over, you can enjoy it for dessert!
MOODY MIDSUMMER TIE-DYE
If the word tie-dye makes you think of jam bands or making multi-color t-shirts in the ‘90s, think again. The DIY textile is back with a more sophisticated look in moody indigo hues. This midsummer night’s soiree tablescape by Camille Styles uses a tie-dye runner as the primary focal point, and it’s nothing short of cool.
To steer minds clear of the grunge factor, invest in luxe looking accessories like faceted brass candle holders and gold candlesticks, as well as feminine moments like French tumblers in soft blues and rich aqua. Finish the look with a floral arrangement made of vivid oranges, purples, and fuchsias, and you have chic and memorable tablescape that’s a far cry from Phish.
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