5 Summer Table Setting Ideas to Steal

Step up your outdoor dining with these inspiring tabletop ideas from HGTV Magazine.

July 12, 2022
Farmhouse Style Summer Table

Rustic Summer Table Settings

This rustic summer table features cast iron pots at each place setting and recycled bottles as vases.

Photo by: Abagail Halstead

Abagail Halstead

Set Out Some Succulents

“They last way longer than flowers do,” says Jenni Yolo (@ispydiy). She bought terra-cotta pots in different sizes, spray-painted them Satin Pink Taffeta by Krylon, then filled them with a variety of plants. When the party was over, everyone took one home!

Pastel Table Settings With Potted Succulents

Summer Table With Succulents

This summer table is set with potted succulents and pastel pink glassware.

Photo by: Jenni Yolo

Jenni Yolo

Make a Cool Vase

When Liz Joy (@purejoyhome) threw this party for friends, she says, “The pineapple centerpieces stole the show.” To recreate the look, scoop out the fruit, and add water and a mix of bright flowers. (A blend of large and small blooms has the most impact.) Secure the pineapple top with a metal skewer.

Summer Table With Tropical Vibes

Tropical Summer Table Settings

This summer table features fresh pineapples as vases, monstera leaves as chargers and plenty of colorful flowers.

Photo by: Pure Joy Home

Pure Joy Home

Go Big on Citrus

Lemons, oranges and grapefruits add a splash of color to this table by Amanda Gluck (@fashionablehostess). She halved some of the fruit to mix up the look, then pulled it all together with eucalyptus and lemon leaf garland. The finishing touch: leaf place cards pinned to fresh lemons on each plate.

Summer Table Settings With Fresh Citrus

Nature-Inspired Summer Table

This summer table features fresh lemons, oranges and eucalyptus garland.

Photo by: Amanda S. Gluck

Amanda S. Gluck

Mix High and Low

Shelly Dozier-McKee (@confettistyle) stacked melamine plates from HomeGoods on heirloom wedding china and chargers she found at estate sales. Then she kept with the theme by placing patterned paper napkins over solid cloth ones. The runner is just a piece of fabric folded under.

Summer Table With Fuchsia Roses

Pink and Green Summer Table Settings

This bold summer table features hot pink roses, leaf-print plates and a green table runner.

Photo by: Shelly Dozier-McKee

Shelly Dozier-McKee

Get Personal

You can elevate any meal by giving guests their own little cast-iron pots. “Even baked beans feel fancy in mini Dutch ovens,” says Elizabeth Van Lierde (@college_housewife). Try varying other elements, too: She served corn muffins on a pizza peel and used beer bottles as vases.

Farmhouse Style Summer Table

Rustic Summer Table Settings

This rustic summer table features cast iron pots at each place setting and recycled bottles as vases.

Photo by: Abagail Halstead

Abagail Halstead

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