Summer is such a fun time to entertain because it’s a more laid back, casual time of the year. Setting a fun and easy table makes it fun for your guests and creates a fun atmosphere when there’s a little theme involved. You know, the type where you don’t have to go buy a lot of things and just use what you have and do-it-yourself? Here are two fresh alternatives using the same dishes, and place settings. All I did was switch out the decor.
When life gives you lemons…
I started with a basic neutral theme using a natural color scheme of neutral cream, black and white.
- For the centerpiece I used a Magnolia garland and some faux lemons, but you could use real ones if you have enough on hand.
- I made napkin rings with wire, florist tape and paper flowers all purchased at Michael’s. Just make a 1 1/2-2 inch circle with wire, wrap it with green florist tape then hot glue the flower of your choice, super easy!
- Jazz up your glasses by threading a thin ribbon through a little paper doily and tie it around the glass. You can also write your guests names on them as a place setting ID and keeping track of glasses. Add some fun straws too. They just make it more whimsical and fun!
- To dress up the candle holders, I tied a large wired ribbon around them and added a matching flower from the napkin rings
And that’s a sweet, fresh summer table..
Simple summer nights by the sea
This theme is inspired by the beach of course. Same dishes and table settings, just new accessories.
- For the centerpiece, I used a round cutting board as a base, filled a lantern with some sand and starfish & coral. Just sprinkle a little sand on the board and add a few tealights .
- I placed a starfish at each plate and put a little clip on chalkboard to write names or summer words on
- The utensils were placed in a little burlap pocket I made. Cut 2 pieces of burlap into rectangles sized to fit your utensils. Hot glue or sew around the 3 edges leaving the top ope and fold a little piece of the front back to make a fold. To make the flowers, I just twisted strips of burlap then coiled them up attaching with glue as I went along. Glued a few pearls on them and that’s it. Although, seashells would have been really cute, but this is what I had …remember simple is the word! I’ve used them for several occasions~( Check my post on my daughters 18th birthday) and they’ve held up well!
Plates and utensils from Southern Living at Home years ago!
Bowls from Laurie Anna’s Vintage home
Glasses from Crate & Barrel
Napkins from Pier One
Chargers from World Market
All craft supplies from Michael’s
Happy entertaining and as always, let me know if you have questions!