I hope these easy Summer tablescape ideas inspire you to set the table and host a meal. While a pretty table is pretty, friends and family will always be the most important thing at the table. Therefore, keep things simple, so you can enjoy the company!
The table is a meeting place, a gathering ground, the source of sustenance and nourishment, festivity, safety, and satisfaction. A person cooking is a person giving: Even the simplest food is a gift. – Laurie Colwin
The Best Tables are Like Onions!
Shrek: Ogres are like onions.
Donkey: They stink?
Shrek: Yes. No.
Donkey: Oh, they make you cry.
Donkey: Oh, you leave em out in the sun, they get all brown, start sproutin’ little white hairs.
Shrek: No. Layers. Onions have layers. Ogres have layers. Onions have layers. You get it? We both have layers.
Donkey: Oh, you both have layers. Oh. You know, not everybody like onions.
Okay, y’all! I couldn’t resist repeating these lines from the movie Shrek. Who doesn’t think of Shrek any time that they hear the word ‘layers?’
Anyways, back to easy summer tablescape ideas… First, layer a variety of textures, colors, and materials. Not only for each place setting, but layer the centerpiece, too. Consider using at least one wood, ceramic/glass, metal, textile and natural element when styling your table. For example, I lean towards warm, natural elements like wood or rattan and earthy colors for table linens for Summer. However, to add contrast, nothing beats a classic white dish.
Likewise, mixing old and new decor will create a charming tablescape. Vintage or handmade pieces add instant character. Therefore, it is important to include one or two pieces into any space.
Have you ever heard of the KISS design rule? Basically, it is an acronym for ‘keep it simple, stupid.‘
Therefore, simplicity is key. Don’t overcomplicate the centerpiece with floral arrangements so tall that no-one can see across the table. A wooden bowl of fresh produce, florals and linens work beautifully. In addition, small apothecary jars with single blooms cut from the garden is great for indoor or outdoor tablescapes.
Lastly, don’t overthink your table settings. While formal table settings have a place, keep it casual for summer! For instance, keep glasses near the drink station or on the bar cart, if that makes more sense for serving.
Similarly, this rule not only applies to designing a table, but hosting others in your home. That’s why charcuterie food boards are my go-to for summer get togethers. For example, my 5 ingredient charcuterie board makes the perfect appetizer. Then, my s’mores dip and food board is an easy way to end with dessert. Lastly, this summer sangria recipe is a favorite for my wine lovers!
Looking for more easy summer tablescape ideas? See how I styled this kitchen island. Above all, thank you for stopping by the blog!