Table Decoration Ideas for Summer Dining Tables

Table Decoration Ideas for Summer Dining Tables - Pile a Cakestand with Fruit

Table Decoration Ideas for Summer Dining Tables

Summer dining should be all about simplicity. No one wants to spend hours dressing the table when there are so many better things to be doing. And as the food we eat in summer is usually more informal, so the table decorations should follow suit.

Casual Flower Arrangements

Table Decoration Ideas for Summer Dining Tables - Fill a Terrarium with Flowers

Flowers are always the first choice for decorating the table at any time of the year. But in summer it’s best to keep the arrangements loose and looking as it you haven’t made much effort at all. I love to see simple jam-jars filled with a few flowers cut from the garden. Dot them about the table, and their low height means that you can see the person opposite you too. For a more special occasion, how about filling a terrarium with an assortment of succulents and blooms as Debenhams have done above. It would be lovely for a birthday celebration or even for a wedding.

Edible Table Centres

Table Decoration Ideas for Summer Dining Tables - Pile a Cakestand with Fruit

What could be easier than piling fruit onto a tiered cake stand? As Next Home have done above. And what could be more effective? It’s a trick I’ve used many times, and often add nuts and foliage too to fill in the gaps. If you have more time, you can even frost the fruit with egg white and castor sugar which makes it look even more pretty.

Style Like a Pro

Table Decoration Ideas for Summer Dining Tables - Run with a theme and steal some accessories from around the house

I mentioned in my Summer Style post a few weeks ago that I just use things I have around the house when styling the table outside. The same goes for any time of the year, any occasion, and any location. Scout around for little trinkets that don’t take up much room but that make a big impact. George Home have used a pineapple trinket box for decoration above and added pineapple salt and pepper shakers and a trinket tray to carry on the theme. Gold cutlery carries it on even further.

Foliage and Candles

Table Decoration Ideas for Summer Dining Tables - run with a coastal theme

Kelly Hoppen has created a vaguely nautical scheme above with the use of simple foliage, candles and coral scattered around the table. There’s even a pine cone or two to continue the natural thrown-together look. The pine branches act as a very effective backdrop to the plates of food and will no doubt scent the table too.

Keep it Simple with Mis-Matched Tableware

Table Decoration Ideas for Summer Dining Tables - keep it simple

A table set with mis-matched tableware will always look effortlessly stylish. There’s no need for a tablecloth on the table above from Amara, as the pretty table settings are decoration enough. Keeping to a colour scheme will pull the whole look together, and a simple sprig of flowers will finish it off.

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18 Comments

  1. Reply

    Geraldine

    July 21, 2017

    Lots of great ideas here. Love the flowers in terrarium.

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      deardesigner

      July 24, 2017

      Glad you like them G xx

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    Cate

    July 14, 2017

    Some really beautiful ideas, I love the foliage and candles, very calm, but that terrarium is fab! x

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      deardesigner

      July 14, 2017

      Thanks Cate 🙂

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    Kimberly ~ Swoon Worthy

    July 13, 2017

    So many good ideas – I really love the look of the terrarium filled with flowers! I have a few dotted about so might have to try that this summer. Gorgeous inspiration 🙂 xx

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      deardesigner

      July 13, 2017

      Thanks hun. The terrarium is certainly popular x

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    Carole

    July 12, 2017

    So many lovely ideas and great little touches. All I need now is to organise a get-together…or just set it all up for two… 😉 xo

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      deardesigner

      July 13, 2017

      A set up for two sounds lovely. 🙂

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    karen jones

    July 12, 2017

    Lovely selection of centre pieces. Pine has always been a favourite of mine. So simple and easy, inspired to put it with coral. Might have known it was Kelly Hoppen #girlcrush

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      deardesigner

      July 13, 2017

      Might have to invest in some coral. Faux of course. x

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    Kate

    July 12, 2017

    You’ve found some really lovely pieces here Carole – I especially like the flowers in the terrarium in the top image 🙂

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      deardesigner

      July 13, 2017

      My favourite too 🙂

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    Hannah Trickett

    July 12, 2017

    I’m pretty obsessed with using pine this year. It’s so pretty, lovely styled tables.

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      deardesigner

      July 12, 2017

      And doesn’t it smell divine too 🙂

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    Cara~Caradise

    July 12, 2017

    Loving them all! Especially the edible table centre 🙂 xx

    • Reply

      deardesigner

      July 12, 2017

      Glad you like them Cara 🙂

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    Susan Earlam

    July 12, 2017

    Great ideas here! I love the edible centrepiece idea!! That wouldn’t last long in our house

    • Reply

      deardesigner

      July 12, 2017

      Wouldn’t last long in ours either Susie 🙂

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