I’m so excited to be sharing my first summer tablescape of the season with you! I always love doing tables, and I have to say it felt so nice to be doing one again – I’ve been missing it!
Today I’m joining some other bloggers for my friend Lory at Designthusiasm‘s Styled + Set Entertaining Blog Tour so be sure to scroll to the end of the post to see all the gorgeous summer entertaining inspiration!
For this table, I was inspired by the beach and wanted to create a coastal feel. Combining a palette of watery blues and natural textures, along with shells, hydrangeas, and other coastal elements, set the tone for the perfect summer table.
Light and bright, with texture and color is what I was going for. And a definite feeling of summer!
I included some themed elements like the shells and the vintage blue fishing floats, but then I balanced it with some blues and whites and natural textures. I wanted it to have a coastal feel, but I didn’t want it to get too theme-y.
The napkins are really the only new item, and I’m completely smitten! The minute I saw them, I knew they would be a part of my table.
The colors are so pretty and cheerful, and the blue is the exact color of the blue in my grain sack table runner!
For the napkin “ring,” I tied them with some natural twine and topped each place setting with a shell.
The “vase” is the pressed vintage glass line from Pottery Barn, and is actually a hurricane. I don’t know if you saw this line that they just came out with for spring, but it is so pretty! There are a few large hurricanes in different colors, but also candlesticks and some adorable little votives! They come in an assortment of pretty pastels and they all have a vintage feel – I’m in love!
The chargers are natural willow ones that I got awhile back at Home Goods, but I found some great options that are similar here and here. And the grainsack runner is one of my favorites! It’s available at Sundance Catalog and is one of the best reproductions I’ve found. The linen is thick and heavy and it definitely has that vintage feel.
These vintage Japanese fishing floats are also one of my favorite finds! I found most of them at a cute little store in Oregon, and then I found more at a flea market last year. However, now Pottery Barn and some other stores are making reproductions and can I say, I wish those had been around when I was searching high and low for them!
I actually love the shells on the table and the natural texture they add. I’ve never used shells in a table setting before, and now I’m wondering why!?!
Setting this table outside made me so excited for summer. There’s just nothing like eating on the patio on a balmy summer evening! I love the easy feeling summer brings; even the entertaining feels different.
White hydrangeas are mixed with eucalyptus from the grocery store.
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I’ve loved sharing my summery coastal tablescape with you and I hope it’s gotten you as excited for the season as I am! I’m entertaining next weekend for Memorial Day, and I’m definitely planning on re-creating this table. It would be perfect for any summer dinner, BBQ, or party! If you want to see last year’s summer table, which had a very different feel, you can get to that one here. And for even more tablescaping ideas, sources, and tips, be sure to sign up for my emails so you can get my free e-book, A Calendar of Tablescapes!
I hope you’ll go on to visit Jennifer at Town and Country Living next, and onto the other talented bloggers posting today as well! And don’t forget to check back again later this week – there are 20 bloggers total sharing summer entertaining ideas so there’s bound to be lots of gorgeous inspiration!