Summer Tablescaping Inspiration: Create the Perfect Summer Table

Summer is the season for tablescaping!

Summer is the season of long, sun-drenched days and warm, balmy evenings (well we can only hope so!). It is also the perfect time to entertain friends and family, and what better way to do so than with a beautifully set table? Whether you’re hosting a casual backyard barbecue or an elegant dinner party, these summer tablescaping ideas will help you create a stunning and inviting setting.

1. Embrace Bright Colours

Summer is all about vibrant, cheerful colours. Think of sunny yellows, ocean blues, lush greens, and fresh corals. Mix and match your tableware in these hues to create a lively and energetic atmosphere.


Tip: Use a bright tablecloth or placemats as the base, and layer with colourful plates and glassware for a cohesive look.

dinner party set up
colourful dinnerware

2. Go Natural

When creating a summer tablescape it can be really nice to incorporate natural elements like wood, rattan, and linen to bring a touch of the outdoors to your table.


Tip: Add fresh flowers or greenery as a centrepiece. A bouquet of wildflowers or a garland can add a fragrant and natural touch.

3. Mix Patterns & Textures

Don’t be afraid to mix patterns and textures for a dynamic and interesting tablescape. Stripes, florals, and geometric patterns can all work together if you stick to a cohesive colour scheme.


Tip: Combine patterned plates with solid-coloured napkins and glassware to balance the look.

dinner party set up
colourful dinnerware

4. Create a Themed Table

Consider having a theme, for example: Costal Chic, Tropical Paradise’.


Tip: For a tropical theme, use palm leaves as placemats and add tropical fruits like pineapples and coconuts as part of your décor.

5. Incorporate Seasonal Fruit & Vegetables

Seasonal fruit & vegetables can serve as both décor and part of the meal. Lemons, oranges and limes add pops of colour and freshness to the table, while tomatoes and bell peppers can add a vibrant touch.


Tip: Use a large bowl of fruits as a centrepiece or scatter them across the table for a casual fresh look.

6. Play with Lighting

Lighting sets the mood for any gathering. For summer tablescapes wherever they are whether they are inside or outside, think about using string lights, lanterns, or candles to create a warm and inviting glow as the sun sets.


Tip: Place candles in hurricane vases or lanterns to protect them from the summer breeze.

7. Personalise with Place Cards

Personal touches make guests feel warm and inviting. Create personalised place cards or menus to add an elegant touch to your tablescape signalling to your guests that you've put thought and care into their visit, making them feel special and welcome


Tip: Use small potted plants or herbs as place card holders. Guests can take them home as a memento of the evening.

8. Layer your Tableware

Layering adds depth and interest to your table. Start with a charger or placemat, adding a dinner plate, and top with a side plate or bowl. Finish with a beautifully folded napkin and elegant serveware.


Tip: Use different shapes and sizes of plates to add visual interest.

9. Serve Refreshing Beverages

Summer is the time for refreshing drinks. Set up a beverage station with pitchers of iced tea, lemonade or infused water. Use stylish glassware to serve your drinks.


Tip: Add fresh herbs or fruit slices to your drinks for an extra touch of flavour and décor.

10. Don’t Forget the Details

Small details can make a big difference. Think about adding napkin rings, table runners, and small decorative items like shells, beads or even pieces of fruit & foliage to complete the look.


Tip: Keep the details in line with your overall theme for a polished and cohesive appearance.

Creating a beautiful summer tablescape is all about combining colour, texture, and natural elements to create a setting that is both inviting and stylish. Whether you’re planning an intimate dinner or a large gathering, these ideas will help you set the perfect summer table. So, gather your favourite tableware, get creative, and enjoy the summer season of outdoor entertaining!

summer alfresco tablescape

Happy Summer Tablescaping!

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