How I Style A Summer Table For Entertaining...DIY

blue bottle with peony

Lately we haven't done much entertaining, and that is mostly because we are so busy during the week that we use the weekend to relax or we head up to our beach home. When we do entertain friends or family it's almost always out by the pool and today I'll be sharing some tips on how I style a table.

A festive fête in pastels.

poolside dining

My inspiration for a table setting often starts with one object that I'd like to use.

pink peony in a blue bottle

In this case it was an aqua bottle that my daughter found at HomeGoods and gifted me with.

summer table with pink flowers and aqua dishes

I then brought out a few reproduction Mason jars (Ball jars) in a similar tone. Now I had a definite blue theme going on.

poolside dining

The vintage candelabra did not start out this color and was a garish gold. It had a crack that I repaired and then decided to spray paint it aqua to use outdoors.

table centerpiece ideas for poolside dining

Aqua bowls found at one of my favorite shops last year. The bowls were layered on top of antique French transferware plates with my every day white dishes underneath.

How I Style A Summer Table For Entertaining...DIY

Bougainvillea in pink...plucked from an abandoned lot. 

It somehow just all goes well by using the same two accent pastels.

vintage dining table

Floral napkins tucked into a vintage aqua pitcher and my favorite wine glasses in a blush pink...found at an estate sale years back.

white wicker vintage chair

Vintage wicker mixed with antique French seating and they all retain the original chippy white paint, which is the base color of the setting.

pretty vintage apron

Extra dishes and my apron sit on this old carpenter's ladder.

white wicker table

White wicker...quintessentially summer!

I hope that this gives you some ideas to use for your summer outdoor entertaining! Have a great week ahead.

vintage table by the pool

How I Style A Summer Table For Entertaining...DIY


Heaven's Walk said...

So fresh and airy and summery, Janet. Love the aqua and pink shades together. My eyes were drawn to that awesome wicker chair with the darling pink striped cushion though... ♥

xoxo laurie

Vanessa Greenway said...

So inspiring Janet! Have put everything together so beautifully!
That makes me want to go hunting for a vintage wicker set. We our moving here and there, and everywhere I have had an outdoor set in a couple of years now. Very pretty! Have a lovely week! ~ Vanessa

White Lace and Promises said...

Oh so nice. I love aqua. Ball jars are my favorite way to display flowers. I use them alot at showers and parties. Can I have the chair? Love the pretty linen on the ladder blowing in the breeze. So well put together. I've got to find me a candelabra. I would spray paint mine too!

Tanja Obergföll said...

Dear Janet
these are beautiful pictures ... it looks so fresh and cheerful.
The idea with the candle holder is awesome.
Have a wonderful week.
Greetings from Germany

Faded Charm said...

Beautiful table setting and I'm sure it is so nice relaxing out by your pool:-)

Enjoy your week.


Debi Coules said...

Just beeeeeeeeeeeautiful Janet! I love your romantic poolside table setting!I just love aqua too! Debi xox

Atmosphère Demeure said...

Chère Janet

Fan aussi du bleu Aqua je trouve ce post absolument magnifique ! Les photos sont sublimes... Je suis fan fan et fan !


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