Tabletop Decorating: A Taste of Summer

I’m certainly no Martha Stewart, but I do love a well-decorated table. I’ve always been a believer that you eat with your eyes before your mouth—and I think it all starts with the table. Tablescapes can provide an inviting atmosphere that set the stage for your meal, and for me, they also provide a creative home design outlet. I consider my decorating style to be semi-formal and fun—I love combining classic patterns, modern twists and whimsical notes. Over the next four seasons I will share photos of my tablescapes and tabletop decorating ideas with you!

Over the years I’ve been collecting dining pieces and tabletop décor. I’ve been fortunate to have been gifted some very special pieces for my tabletop, which I always incorporate into my tablescapes. I love the look of non-matching (but coordinating) pieces and I love seeing items of personal significance on the table. One quick tip: Because I don’t have endless cabinet space (or an ever-flowing supply of cash), I tend shop in my own home, mix-and-match, and reuse pieces that I already have.

Summer is here! As we head into the warm summer months there’s nothing I love more than margaritas, grilling and eating outside. I enjoy being a hostess in my home—and summer is the perfect season for entertaining. To me, summer tablescapes are all about the classic patriotic hues of red white and blue, and reminders of spending sunny days oceanside in the sand. Here are two summer-inspired tablescapes.

Summer Tablescape #1: Let the Fireworks Begin
With Fourth of July right around the corner, I love combining red white and blue for a festive touch. For this holiday design, I’ve used my everyday dining pieces from Williams Sonoma. These plates are classic and I feel that the blue edging adds the perfect pop. I think it is fun to tie ribbons around napkins (with silverware inside)—the ribbon not only holds a functional value, but also adds a preppy twist. Ramekins are a useful tool to add a splash of color on the table, and also are handy for dipping sauces.

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My everyday dinnerware can be found at Williams-Sonoma: Brasserie Blue-Banded Porcelain Dinnerware
Ribbons can be found at your local craft store, such as Michael’s Arts & Crafts and Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft

Summer Tablescape #2: Bringing Home the Beach
Nothing says summer to me like the beach. For this nautical design, I’ve used seashell-themed plates that I got from Pottery Barn many years ago. The colors are muted, which allows the raised starfish design to be the “star” of the plate. I’ve added accents such as the classic Nantucket basket napkin rings and seashell placecard holders. Lanterns can be the centerpiece to complete the look—they add height to your table, while keeping in the nautical theme.

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Similar seashell-themed plates can be found at Target: Seashell Dinnerware
Similar seashell placecard holders can be found at Party City: Shells By The Sea Shell Placecard Holders
Pottery Barn has a good selection of lanterns: Lanterns

I hope my tabletop decorating ideas for summer inspire you to try out ideas of your own! Please share them with me—I’m always looking for news ideas and inspiration. I look forward to all the upcoming summer days and nights with friends and I’ll be sure to upload photos for everyone to see. But, by the time summer ends, I will be looking forward to sharing my ideas for fall decorating!

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