Summer is the perfect time to gather with friends, share good food, and have your guests linger long into the evening. You want to set a pretty table and create a welcoming atmosphere, but without spending weeks preparing for the big night. Follow these steps for a stylish summer party made simple.


Things You’ll Need

Solid tablecloth fabric
Printed fabric for cloth napkins
Greenery and vases for centerpieces
Candlesticks with colored candles
Plates of choice
Colored glassware
Scrapbook paper for place cards
Step 1: Choose a Color Scheme
Creating a pretty and stylish summer table is simple. Start by choosing a color scheme. You don’t want everything to match, but having some direction helps when picking out items.

The season itself can inspire the color scheme, such as nature-inspired hues like ocean blues and grassy greens. One item may also inspire the rest of the party — like a beautiful fabric, such as these napkins.

(Image: Lindsay Jackman)

(Image: Lindsay Jackman)

(Image: Lindsay Jackman)

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Once you have your color palette, begin gathering your items!

Step 2: Use a Variety of Shades Within Your Color Palette
For a sophisticated look, don’t rely on one shade of blue and one shade of green. Use varying shades of both for a collected look.

For example, here, you see baby blues all the way to royal blues and mint greens all the way to dark teal. The result is that the overall table has more dimension and visual appeal.

Step 3: Use Fabric for Table Linens
It can be really hard to find beautiful and unique table linens at a reasonable price. Instead of searching for just the right table cloth and napkins for days on end, head to your local fabric store where the options are endless.

Don’t have time or know how to sew? No problem! Use pinking shears to cut your table cloth and napkins to size. The cut left behind keeps the edges from fraying and you have beautiful table linens in record time!
Step 4: Bring The Inside Out
Summer design tips often include the saying, “Bring the Outside In.” Well, for outdoor summer entertaining, bring the inside out! Get outside for your summer gathering — a back porch, patio, or even just out in the grass will do the trick. There is something magical about entertaining out in nature. Create a welcoming environment by bringing decor items from inside your home out to your event.

Make the party feel extra special and comfortable by bringing out some nice chairs to surround your outdoor table.

Take your summer party to the next level by creating a simple lounge area. Throw down a rug (whether you’re on a porch or grass), toss out some floor pillows and a side table or two for drinks.

Step 5: Use Greenery Instead of Flowers
No summer party is complete without greenery. Opting for an all-green palette for your centerpieces in lieu of flowers lends to the casual feel of summer. Plus, it goes with any color scheme!

Grocery store Eucalyptus sprigs create the perfect summer centerpiece, but clippings from your yard work just as well! Group them in several vases for a pretty yet casual statement.

Step 6: Create Simple, Stylish Place Cards
Place cards make your guests feel welcome, but you do not want to spend all day making intricate name tags! Instead, choose a thick scrapbook paper that fits your color scheme. Cut a 4-inch square and fold it in half. Write each person’s name in gold paint pen.

Now the table is set, the lounge is ready, and all that’s left for you to do is enjoy your guests!