In this post: Garden party decorations can offer just the right note for summer entertaining. Here are tabletop tips to inspire you for your next summer soirée.⇒
Welcome to day 3 of Styled + Set, the Summer Entertaining Blog Tour I’m hosting here on the blog this week. If you missed days 1 and 2, you can find the links at the bottom of this post. You can also find new posts from today’s group of talented bloggers, right below my post. If you’re coming over from French Garden House, let me welcome you. I’m a huge fan of Lidy’s lovely French style and I’m quite the francophile myself.
But today’s table is decidedly American in feel, apropos for the week before Independence Day. So let’s look at 7 ways to add the unmistakable flavor of summer to your next dinner party table.
As with any season, there are certain visual cues that immediately signal summer to us. The most obvious revolves around dining outdoors, but when that’s not convenient, brining the outdoors in is equally as fun. This tablescape utilizes what I would call garden party decorations to anchor its identity. Here are the key components to help you achieve this look.
1. Red, white and blue centerpiece – while this tablescape is not strictly red, white and blue, they are the dominant colors in the somewhat broader palette. The patriotic colors in this centerpiece would certainly work for the Fourth of July, and as such communicate a summery feel.
2. Garden floral plates – in addition to fresh flowers, the garden floral salad plates are a distinct nod to summer. The vibrant colors distinguish the look from spring florals, which tend to include more pinks and pales than this more primary palette.
3. Blue and white chinoiserie – blue and white porcelains can be popular at any time of the year, but for me, adding them to a table immediately cheers it up. For summer mix them with bright florals like the ones here or possibly with sunflowers. The strong patterns work well with the bold style of the table setting and the blue is reminiscent of blue skies and clear waters.
4. Floral napkin rings – for a garden party theme, it’s nice to balance a mix of florals, from fresh and vibrant, to painted and colorful, and these soft blue napkin rings provide the perfect soft counterpoint to all that brightness. Played off pinks and lilacs, they’d work well for spring, but for summer I like them paired with these stronger tones.
5. Gingham check – apart from flowers, nothing says summer quite like gingham checks, especially done in red and white. They pretty well scream picnic or kerchiefs and sundresses, and in any case, they’re a summer staple that very much defines this table’s vibe.
6. Laundered linen tablecloth – the laundered linen tablecloth in soft calm white is a reminder of summer linens hung outside to dry. Who doesn’t love white linens wafting in the summer breeze?
7. Chunky wood chargers – a touch of chunky wood is the last component I’d add, for those who love to spend time outdoors. I always like to add bits of nature to my tables and in summer it gives the table a casual camping feel.
Of course, the best element of all is one I was lucky enough to blessed with the day I photographed this table and that’s the sun streaming through the windows. What would bright summer colors be without sun-drenched lighting?
For a unique look, I tend to approach my tables in a somewhat counter-intuitive way. I love to use crystal and china to dress up an outdoor table, but for indoor summer entertaining, I’m all about a casual garden party!
Ants not included…
Garden Party Decorations Source List – Click on the items below for direct links to the products. Where actual items were no longer available, I’ve provided similar options. (This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.)
- Floral medley salad plates
- Cream dinner plates
- Wood chargers
- Gingham check napkins
- Blue floral napkin rings
- First Love flatware
- Blue trestle goblets
- White linen ruffle tablecloth
- Chinoiserie planter
- Chinoiserie vases
Please take some time to visit the other wonderful posts linked below. Next stop is Tamara’s gorgeous outdoor table at Citrine Living. Enjoy!!
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