Simple Tablescape: Summer

Simple Tablescape: Summer

Create a summery place to eat this summer with these three simple ideas.


Whether you’re hosting a grill-out or sitting down to weeknight dinner, beckon family and friends to the table with this quick tablescape, inspired by summer’s happiest flowers. Get the look — and make it your own — using just three easy, budget-friendly pieces.

1. Sunflowers
Bring real seasonal cheer (and color) to your table with fresh-cut sunflowers. A dense bunch of classic yellow blossoms is positively vibrant, while mixing in other types (like ivory and red) creates an eclectic, multi-hued look. Extend the theme to place settings by putting a single bloom at each seat, either in a bowl, atop a napkin or right on the plate.

2. Watering Can
It's not just an instant vase; it’s an ode to the lush, glorious gardens of summer. A galvanized watering can has a rustic, barely-there luster that contrasts the sunny blooms and adds a folksy effect. But paint the metal a bright color like tangerine or lime, and you’ve got one seriously fun centerpiece.

Tip: Warm, sunny weather means thirsty guests, so always have some water on the table, too. For an extra splash of color, pour it into a tinted swing-top bottle.

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3. Table Runner
It doesn’t have to be store-bought, or even run the full length of the table. Try using a strip of leftover fabric instead (to give it a cleaner finish, fold under the raw edges). Simple two-tone patterns, like white and baby-blue gingham or stripes, add depth without stealing the spotlight, while natural fibers like burlap hit a rustic note.

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