Six Tips for a Charming & Simple Farmhouse Table Setting

Looking for cute but casual summer entertaining ideas? This farmhouse table setting is sweet and simple and perfect for any summer gathering.

These final few weeks of summer are always so bittersweet. That special feeling that only summer can bring starts to wind down. The kids go back to school, vacation seems like it was months ago, and it might even be cooling off a little (well, not where I am, but you know, in some places) 😉  But that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy this last bit of the season! I, for one, am all about squeezing out a few more memorable meals before the summer really is gone.

This can actually be the perfect time to enjoy some relaxing meals alfresco. In most places the warm nights are still here, and there’s the long Labor Day weekend ahead. Today I’m sharing six tips for a charming and simple farmhouse table setting that’s perfect for Labor Day, a simple night grilling with friends, or a back-to-school send off!


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1. Use Natural Linens

Farmhouse style, whether European or traditional, calls for linens made from natural materials. Think cotton or linen. These give off a casual vibe that you just don’t get with synthetics.

simple summer farmhouse style tablescape with white flowers and blue and grey palette

This adorable runner is a classic example. I love it! It’s made of cotton (and it’s under $12!) and I love the soft grey color.


simple summer table with blue napkins and bee pitcher farmhouse style decor

The soft sea glass blue napkins are perfect for summer! They coordinate, but aren’t too matchy-matchy. And they also come in 10 different colors! I’m thinking of buying a few more sets since they can be used year-round for any occasion.


2. Feature Farmhouse Flowers

Again, the idea here is a relaxed, casual vibe so a bouquet that is unstructured just feels right. I’m all for fancy flowers when the occasion calls for it, but this isn’t that. This is a come-as-you-are, hang out all evening kind of vibe. And for that, casual farmhouse flowers, wildflowers, or even flowers from your yard fill the bill!

farmhouse table decor white flowers in bee pitcher grey runner outdoor dining

white flowers in simple white farmhouse pitcher with bee motif

 The farmhouse style pitcher is the perfect vessel for some simple chamomile, and could the bee motif be any cuter?! 


3. Use a Simple Color Palette 

A simple farmhouse table setting called for soft and understated, so I used soft grey and blues for this table.

gorgeous outdoor summer table setting with soft blues and greys white flowers

I layered a pretty pale aqua blue salad plate over a white dinner plate. The blue brings some color to an otherwise neutral table, but still maintains the soft look I was going for. The white dinner plates are part of the Pioneer Woman Farmhouse Lace dinnerware set – and the salad plate in this set is so adorable!


4. Add Some Rustic Elements

I always love to add rustic elements to any table, even my most elegant ones as it definitely makes the table feel a little more relaxed. In this case, it’s especially important for keeping that farmhouse feel.


blue salad plate over white dinner plate and galvanized metal charger farmhouse style table decor

I adore these galvanized metal chargers! They’re one of my favorite things I’ve bought this summer, and they’re so versatile – I can definitely see using them again and again!


5. Light Some Candles

gorgeous simple farmhouse table setting summer tablescape in blues and greys with white flowers

Always, always, always! I rarely set a table without them, and since this is outside, it’s nice to have some ambience once the sun goes down. And candles make any night feel special 😉


6. Add Something Charming

These little chalkboard place cards are something I bought years ago, but they seemed especially appealing with the farmhouse feel of this table. 

blue and white plates with blue cotton napkin charming chalkboard place card


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So don’t let the fact that summer is waning make you miss out on some special nights. Set up a simple farmhouse table, grill up some casual food, and enjoy the last nights of Indian summer while you can! I can’t wait to enjoy some meals under the stars this weekend. And then I’ll really be ready for fall!


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  1. Shelia,
    Love this farmhouse table setting!
    Soft pastel hues mixed with creamy ivory are so~o~o tranquil
    during such busy times on the farm as Summer comes to an end
    and the harvest season begins!
    Thank you for always inspiring!

    1. Aww what a sweet comment! You truly made me day Pat! I’m so glad that you love it and that it spoke to you.

      Here’s to harvest season!!


  2. Great ideas Sheila! I love the relaxed summery vibe – so pretty and casual! I’m going to incorporate a couple of them in my outdoor table asap! 🙂 Hope you have a great end of summer!

    1. Aww I love that! Thanks so much Barbara, and I’m glad you found it helpful! Wishing you a wonderful last few weeks of summer!