Table Setting Tips for Summer Meals

These table setting tips for summer meals will help you keep things simple, neutral, and natural. Ways to entertain in the summer months without the stress!

dining room with board and batten

Welcome to the summer edition of Styled & Set! Today we are sharing so many lovely ideas that you will definitely want to take a seat, grab a drink, and stroll through the links. If you are coming from StoneGable, thank you so much for stopping by. 

traditional dining room set for summer

When I think of summer meals, the words that come to mind are simple, neutral, and natural. No one wants to spend hours and hours preparing for guests. In my opinion, that takes all the fun out of the gathering before it even begins.

So…look over your table setting supplies and get out everything that is neutral in color…and don’t be afraid to combine neutrals. Use anything that is white, ivory, beige, or gray. Then let your imagination soar and design a table setting that reflects your own personal style. 

dining room ready for summer meals

Table Setting Tips for Summer Meals

Keep things simple

One of my favorite mantras is “simple is best.” And almost always it’s true. Simple is easier, it’s faster, it’s cheaper, and it can look just as beautiful as something elaborate and expensive. No where is that more true than when you are setting the table for summer meals. Simplify your place settings by using just one plate, and then layer with placemats, runners, or chargers. Add a bit of sparkle with clear crystal goblets or glasses, and keep the flatware to a minimum.

traditional dining room harp back chairs

Keep things neutral

Neutral colors are calm and cool, which are two things we all want in the summer. By setting a neutral table for your summer meals, you are able to make a huge statement with your summer flower centerpiece. Let the neutral color palette of the table settings take a back seat, so your centerpiece can be the star of the show. (More on that later in the post.) 

three pitchers on dining room table

Keep things natural

Natural and neutral go hand-in-hand. Adding natural elements to any table setting, but especially a neutral one, can turn boring into beautiful. Just one or two items will do the trick. For this table setting, the wicker placemats and twine around the napkins add texture and interest. 

place setting with buffalo check napkin

Use summer blooms and greenery

If you don’t have your own garden blooms, just buy them. When you enter your flower shop, or the flower section at your grocery store, choose what first catches your eye. Trust your instincts and trust your own taste. I find that when I choose the things I truly love, instead of choosing what’s “in,” I am much happier in my space. If you don’t gravitate towards color, make a summer centerpiece from all white blooms. If you are lucky enough to have a blooming garden, take advantage of it!

table setting tips for summer meals

Don’t forget greenery like hostas or ferns. The pop of green from the fern, tied on to the napkin, adds the perfect touch of summer and took just a few minutes. And if you are wondering, I cut the fern fronds from the planters on my front porch.

centerpiece of peonies and roses

All of these table setting tips can be used for indoor dining, as well as dining al fresco. The most important thing is that you, as the host or hostess, have just as much fun as your guests. Entertaining can be work, but it doesn’t have to be. By keeping things simple, neutral, and natural, your summer gatherings will be relaxing and enjoyable. 

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table runners | wicker placemat | ivory dinner plate | flatware (similar) | checked napkins | chandelier | board and batten | paint colors | hanging lanterns | botanical prints | dining room rug | fabric on chairs | wicker fishing creel (similar) 

wicker placemat with ivory plate

Now it’s time to send you along to Janet’s blog, Shabbyfufu. Janet is one of my very best blogging friends, and her style is impeccable. Make sure to take a look and then come back to visit all the other links below. 

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