Summer is the best time of the year to entertain! Lighting up the barbecue, eating al fresco and enjoying a laid back evening with friends and family!!! Setting a fabulous summer tablescape goes a long way in creating a relaxed and special mood! Setting a great table does not mean a lot of work! It means being smart and playing up what summer is all about! Here are a few tips to help you set the perfect summer table for your next get-together!
Today’s episode of Decorating Tips And Tricks is all about a WELCOMING FOYER! We are very excited about talking about ways to create a welcoming environment for everyone who steps through your front door!
Now, let’s talk summer tablescaping and great tips!!!!
1. PARTY AROUND A SUMMER THEME
Choose a summer theme for a tablescape! And amp up the fun factor!!! How about a “beach party”? Or a “dip in the pool” tablescape? Wouldn’t “fresh from the garden” or “strawberry time” themes work great too?
Have fun with a summer tablescape and celebrate the season!
Tips: use brown sugar for sand. It looks just like the real thing!
2. SET AN EASY TABLE
Summer is all about easy and less fuss! Keep “easy” as your mantra!!! My very favorite way to tablescape in the summer is to use white dishes and lots of white and natural accents. How about using brown paper in place of a tablecloth?
3. USE GREAT TEXTILES
Summer means easy breezy fabrics! I love using cotton prints for tablecloths and napkins! Sandwich a folded napkins between dishes for an informal summery look!
Did you know that a sheet can make a fabulous summer tablecloth? Just remember to keep all textiles lightweight and easy to care for. No one wants to be ironing in the summer!
4. CREATE A GARDEN VARIETY CENTERPIECE
Head to the garden and pick a big bunch of flowers! Forgo the fancy vases and opt for a pretty pitcher, Mason jar, pot… or even a row of little milk bottles going down the center of the table! Use a stack of pretty plates to make a riser for your of pitcher flowers. Think about using greens and herbs if you don’t have flowers!
5. MAKE AN EASY MENU
The last thing we all want to do is to be a slave in the kitchen when the temperature soars!!! Think about making food that is light and can be eaten cold or at room temperature. And ANYTHING you can make ahead is a summer winner!
A great idea is to get really good take out. We have a bbq place that makes the best beef brisket and we serve that to guests often in the summer!
Click HERE for an easy, delicious menu like the one pictured above!
6. HAVE FABULOUS LIBATIONS
Keep drinks light too! Serve lots of great infused waters, iced tea, and even a fun mixed drink! Use lots of in-season fruits and herbs! Maybe instead of serving hot coffee after dinner, a mocha mint iced coffee would taste so much more refreshing!
Make a little drink station. Put your drinks in big jars with ladles or in glass containers with a pour spout. That way guests can help themselves.
7. PARTY OUTDOORS
Weather permitting… get outside! Enjoy the long evenings! Set a table with the great outdoors as your background! Plan to eat outside but have a backup plan if the weather gets too hot or thunderstorms roll in!
When the weather is bad don’t cancel! Eat around your kitchen table. Bring the party and the tablescape inside!
8. HAVE A LAID BACK SUMMER ATTITUDE!
Most importantly, have an attitude like summer itself! Laid back and fun! You will have a better time when you are relaxed and enjoying yourself…and it will rub off on your guests!!!
If you like these summery tablescape ideas you might want to pin this post to your SUMMER or TABLESCAPE Pinterest boards. You can follow me on Pinterest HERE and see all the fun summery things I’m pinning every day!