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How To Set The Perfect Summer Table

by  katrina

Summer is in full swing and I want to show you how to set the perfect summer table. My family just moved from Virginia to North Carolina and are ready to get connected and start entertaining. We moved into a small rental cottage but that isn't going to stop me from setting a beautiful summer table. If I'm being honest though, I am more excited about opening our interior design studio in downtown Wilmington. More details to follow next week but we will be open to the public! Most importantly everything I share about design and decor will be featured inside the studio AND I will be there to chat with you in person and show you how set your table, etc. I am beyond thrilled!

OKAY, that was a serious squirrel moment but ya'll, I was put on this earth to inspire you and the fact that I get to do this everyday is like.. AMAZING! Ok, know let's get back to

Setting the perfect summer table

For me, it's all about the neutral tones. It's easy to add a pop of color with beautiful fresh flowers, veggies from the garden, and fruit. The seasons change but who wants to go buy new dishes every season? Not me and I own a home decor shop! My philosophy with both home decorating and setting the perfect table is adding layers. I've been collecting white dishes for years, and have never grown tired of displaying or using them.

Recently, my love for stoneware dishes and vases has grown exponentially. So I created an entire collection around them. Although it's part of  the Katrina & Co. Summer 2022 Collection I will definitely be using them throughout the fall and winter months. Can you imagine some garland and candles weaved through a center tablescape for Christmas?! Yes PLEASE!

I've put all the deets below so you can have the perfect summer table (or any season for that matter)

Layer 1

  1. Start with neutral dinnerware (that is dishwasher safe of course)  Here are more neutral options for you
  2. Add a table runner ( table runners are controversial but I LOVE THEM!) if you don't skip #2
  3. Layers your linens either linen color or white works great
  4. Bring that together with a gold napkin ring or if you have a fave use that.

 

 

linen napkin with gold napkin holder and white ribbed plate for the perfect summer table setting

 

 

linen napkin with gold napkin holder and white ribbed plate and bowl for the perfect summer table setting

 

 Layer 2

  1. Add your focal point AKA: centerpiece
  2. Add your serving boards and any platters
  3. Add height, Cake plates and pedestals are great for visual interest

 

white stoneware pedestal displayed assorted fruit with wood spoon and mini white salt and pepper shakers sitting on wood serving board for the perfect summer table setting

 

 

white stoneware pedestal displayed assorted fruit with wood spoon and wicker basket sitting on wood serving board for the perfect summer table setting

 

 

white stoneware pedestal displayed assorted fruit with wood spoon and mini white salt and pepper shakers sitting on wood serving board for the perfect summer table setting

 

 

birds eye view of wood serving board with acacia wood salt and pepper grinders and assorted carrots sitting on top with white ribbed plates and bowl as table setting on top of black and white table runner

Layer 3

  1. Add your food to the platters and pedestals, fresh fruit is perfect for your summer table
  2. Add garnish to the table and boards. Summer tables are perfect for shopping the fresh aisle of your local grocery store. I add assorted carrots to my table all summer long. It just elevates the style of the table and your guests feel special.
  3. Add your serving utensils and mini salt and pepper shakers or fresh salt and pepper grinders for an extra touch.

 

white stoneware pedestal displayed assorted fruit with wood spoon and wicker basket sitting on wood serving board and white ribbed dishware as a place setting

 

 

wood serving board with acacia wood salt and pepper grinders and assorted carrots with white ribbed plates and bowl.

 

I assure you that following my guidelines for setting the perfect summer table will have you and your guests lingering a little longer. Doesn't food always tastes better when the atmosphere is right?

Now that you know how to set the perfect summer table it's time to serve the perfect summer charcuterie board. Read my blog post here below:

A Fresh Fruit Board for Summer

 

 

Watch my summer charcuterie YouTube video:

 

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