I don’t know about you, but I’m holding on to every last second of summer. One of my most favorite things to do is dine al fresco. Setting a table with the basics is…well, basic…but, by adding a little love to the center of your table you can turn the most basic meal into a fabulous meal. It’s true! And guess what? A good tablescape doesn’t even have to cost you a penny. I’m going to show you how I put together this quick and easy tablescape using pieces I owned and some that I found. Follow along as I share with you 5 simple steps to creating an inexpensive summer tablescape.
Begin with a theme and select your colors. Really- you don’t have put too much time into this one! If it’s a simple dinner then keep the colors simple. My plates already have a beautiful pattern with lots of blue and green, so I decided to allow them take center stage. I nestled each blue plate on a simple white plate to create a layered look that ultimately highlighted the pattern. For more play with pattern I paired the plates with my navy and white striped napkin linens from my 4th of July tablescape. The round placemats gave each placesetting the perfect amount of texture. If you don’t already own these placemats then this is a must-purchase.
Add greenery to the center of your table. This is the base layer and I like to go a little heavy here. In this case I used variegated Pittosporum that I found at Wegmans, my local grocery store. You can use anything! Take a gander at what you have growing around you. Eucalyptus leaves, pine branches, birch tree branches, and thousands of other beautiful options are waiting for you to take notice.
Add your heaviest floral. I love my hydrangeas! With all of our recent rain the water weight is weighing them down and getting close to snapping the branches. At this very second my house is filled to the max with hydrangea floral arrangements in every nook and cranny!
Layer up with your smaller florals! I love how these sunflowers gave this entire centerpiece a huge burst of color.
I really could have stopped after adding the sunflowers, but I wanted this table to scream with color. After all, it’s a summer tablescape, right? And, I wanted each patterned blue plate to have it’s own pop of brilliant color, too! There are so many ways you could do this. I first considered using pomegranates, but I was worried about future staining…and if you’ve met my kids (and husband) then you can understand why I resorted to grapefruits.
Check out one of nature’s most beautiful masterpieces. I love how a grapefruit’s fleshy pink center is bordered with a gorgeous light orange skin. The brilliant color really pops against the blues and greens of this plate.
Set out the flatware and glasses. A while ago I invested in this beautiful gold set of flatware and I can’t even begin to express how much I love these pieces. It’s like adding jewelry to my table!!! By the way, I purchased these goblets a while back and they ended up selling out quickly. BUT…they are finally back in stock! I get compliments on them all the time and there’s a good reason. It takes two artisans 2o minutes to hand make just one beautiful glass. The pieces are made from recycled glass and they are each uniquely gorgeous. If you’re in the market for new glasses you’ll want to check these goblets out. The simple glass carafe is a nice touch. Its slender form doesn’t take up much table space and makes drink refilling a breeze.
This is my second year owning this concrete top table. It was a bit of a splurge, but I don’t regret one cent spent on it. Everything I put on it looks amazing, not to mention, the table itself makes a beautiful statement. The chairs are also among my favorite outdoor pieces, and surprisingly they were really well priced. I like how leggy and light they are.
So here you go! As you can see, tablescaping doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. My list of decor supplies came from my garden and fruit aisle of my local grocery store. Leafy greens, colorful flowers and a few slices of fruit provided me with more than enough to create a beautiful display. Get creative and resourceful. Use what you have around the house and don’t forget to forage outside.
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Cheers to the rest of a beautiful summer!