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!
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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!
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.
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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