The staples of summer—sunshine, gardens, birds, the seashore—can be the inspiration for your tables. Whether eating indoors or out, let summer’s bounty grace your tabletops to welcome your family or guests.
Digress from the typical matching set of dishes and a centerpiece. Find one inspiration piece to drive your scheme – a plate, napkin, candle, flower, plant, seashell, and go from there. Be bold when it comes to mixing patterns and contrasting colors. Yellow is a happy color like the sunshine, use a lot of it.
Look to the outdoors and what you can borrow. Fresh herbs, flowers, ferns and even tree branches can add green to your table’s palette. Cut or buy a bouquet of summer flowers – sunflowers, zenias, snapdragons, gerberas, daisies – and cut their stems down to put in low clay or glass pots for the table. Accent the flower pots with fresh mint.
Throw some whimsy out there and see what happens. Set a table (indoors or out) that says “We’re glad you came!”
This tablescape was featured in Celebrate Home Magazine, summer issue.
Elements used: Reversible picnic quilt (Williams-Sonoma); hemstitched white napkins (Pottery Barn); wine glasses (Ikea); fiddlehead flatware (Pottery Barn); metal flower napkin rings (Pier 1 Imports); blue plates by Gibson Dinnerware (Garden Ridge Pottery)
Photo by Cindy Dyer.