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For me, nothing says summer like inviting a steady stream of weekend visitors all season long. There’s something so beautiful about opening up my home to family members and friends. We catch up, share memories, dine, and relax together. The last thing you’ll want to do is turn away guests if you’re unprepared to host. Why not spend the weekend stocking up on these summer essentials? Your table will be ready to share a meal with your favorite people at a minute’s notice!

Choose your Palette

Honing in on one or two colors will be a big help when planning the rest of your table. For summer, why not choose a cool blue or aqua.

Dot Stemless Wine Glasses, 4-Piece Set, Horchow.

Dot Stemless Wine Glasses, 4-Piece Set, Horchow.

Or, for a more classic look, red is a perennial season stunner. For an outdoor fiesta, this lively red flatware from Anthropologie will impress your guests.

Landes Flatware, Anthropologie.

Landes Flatware, Anthropologie.

 

If you love the look of white china, you can still utilize these colors! Bring in your hues when buying linens, flowers, and centerpiece accessories.

Assign Seating

While name cards may seem like stuffy trend from the past, they’re making a comeback. Go for gold with these glitzy options from Barney’s.

Spot Place Card Holders, FINELL.

Spot Place Card Holders, FINELL.

 

Forgo Fussy Tablescapes

Gone are the days where you showcase elaborate floral centerpieces. Why not opt for a simpler option? If you have the time, stop by your local florist or market and pick up a fresh variety. Go back to your palette. What colors are you highlighting? Choose one of the colors and purchase different varieties in that hue. You’ll have a cohesive theme by color that will be more simple to pull together. One of my favorite summer looks? Mismatched white florals. It’s clean and elegant look is perfect for hosting on warm summer evenings.’

Add Your Linens

Linens are key when creating a luxurious dining experience. For a traditional option, add an elegant touch to your table by choosing a soft linen with a beachy feel.

Tie Dye Linen Napkin, Bliss Home Design.

Tie Dye Linen Napkin, Bliss Home Design.

 

Vary your Height

Create a tablescape that combines taller and shorter pieces to complement the visual aesthetic. You can do this easily by choosing vases, candles, even serving pieces of different heights.

Why not start with these Five Mercury-Glass Candleholders? By playing with different heights, you’ll create a more unique table. 

Five Mercury-Glass Candleholders, Horchow.

Five Mercury-Glass Candleholders, Horchow.

Find your best light


No summer table is complete without a wealth of candles. Whether you are inside or outside, candles provide the perfect glow to your table!