Tips to Decorate an Early Summer Tablescape

Detailed tips for putting together an early Summer tablescape with decorations inspired by the beach. Beachy blues and yellows combine to create a fresh and exciting Spring to Summer table.

beachy blue plates

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Welcome old friends and new! I'm so happy to join a group of talented blogger designers on this Spring into Summer tour! Thank you to Kristi of French Creek Farmhouse for organizing! You'll find all the tour links at the bottom.

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Are you dreaming of summer?

I'm a girl who has always loved the beach, whether it's one of the oceans that we've lived close to (read more about our journey here) or a freshwater lake. I grew up right on the Okanagan Lake in Kelowna, BC with beachfront access, and being that close to the water developed a life-long love of the beach!

The beach is what inspired the tablescape that I'm sharing today. It's a little bit modern, a little bit farmhouse, a little bit vintage with a touch of cottage charm! Just like my home! You can take a tour of my home by clicking here.

tablescape with beachy blue plates, mason jars, yellow flowers and neutral runner


My tablescape ideas and dining room decorations are inspired by the colors of summer at the beach; beachy blues, driftwood beiges and sunny yellows.

casual summer table with rattan chargers, blue plates and yellow flowers

I thought it would be fun to demonstrate just how simple it is to put together this early Summer tablescape by showing you, step by step, how I did it.

How to decorate an early Summer tablescape, step by step

I love to decorate a table with layers. Layers add sophistication, texture and interest. In my opinion, decorating a dining table with layers elevates a simple table into something extra special.

It may look complicated, but as you'll see below, it really was very easy and fast to create a beautiful Summer dining tablescape inspired by the beach.

Steps to decorate a table with layers

Here are the steps to building a decorated table, layer by layer. Take a look at this image and then keep reading for more clarification.

Following along with the image above, here are the steps I took to decorate my early Summer table:

Step 1. 
The first thing I always do when I'm setting my table is to remove everything and clean my table well with a good furniture polish. I love the citrus smell of this one, and it both cleans and polishes, restoring a healthy glow to a thirsty wood tabletop.

Step 2. 
Next, I added a ruffled runner. I made this one from canvas drop cloth years ago in my pre-blogger days. It has held up well, through many washings, and I love how casual yet charming it is.

Step 3. 
Adding another runner may seem like overkill, but it is such an easy way to dress up a table! I chose a neutral colored rustic jute runner with fringe. It is a color and style that is reminiscent of the sun-washed driftwood you see on the beach.

Step 4. 
Next I set a charger at each place. I love how a charger grounds a place setting and makes even a simple table look high end. I used my set of seagrass chargers, as well as the dollar store bleached and weathered wood chargers I made. 

Decorating tip: Don't be afraid to mix and match styles on your table! As long as the items are in the same color family and similar size, they will work perfectly together!

Step 5. 
I have a huge love affair with my white ironstone plates that I've collected over the years, but for this summer table I wanted a little more color. I was so happy to find these beachy blue dinner dishes at HomeGoods and love the simple style and beautiful color.

Step 6. 
Some new white fabric napkins came next. I didn't do any fancy folds like the napkin roses I showed you how to fold for our Valentines table, just folded them casually and placed them in the center of each plate. The beautiful edge on these napkins really sets them apart!

Step 7. 
Continuing with the beach theme, I placed three vintage blue mason jars down the center of the table. The color is ideal for this beachy tablescape and the glass reflects the light. Once summer arrives, it will be simple to add sand and a candle to the mason jars.

Step 8. 
Yellow flowers added a sunny touch. I placed some dollar store daisies in the mason jars, and cut apart a bunch of yellow flowers into singles and placed one on each napkin.


Step 9. 
Finally, I added the silverware, candles and some milk glass parfait glasses as well as these gorgeous embossed water goblets.

white and yellow daisies in blue mason jars

Simple, inexpensive and oh so pretty! It was so easy to pull this table together and I love how bright and fresh it looks, with all the colors inspired by the beach!

layers on a table

Anytime that I decorate my table, I always make sure to sprinkle some of the same colors around the room to give it a cohesive look!

I added a jar of daisies to the top of my chalk painted grandfather clock.

blue painted grandfather clock

I also switched out the plates on my vintage plate wall wreath to more accurately reflect the lighter, beachier colors.

vintage plate wreath framed on wall

And carried the same colors over to the bookcase that I'm using as a second hutch in our dining room, displaying some white flowers in milk glass vases.

bookcase with dishes and flowers

ornate frame painted white

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beachy tablescape with blues, yellow and white


I'm thrilled to be joining in today as 29 talented bloggers bring you the best of all things home! Please continue along this inspiring Spring Into Summer tour, and visit the other participants in each of the following categories.

outdoor living decorating ideas

entryway and foyer decorating ideas

fireplace mantel decorating ideas

Spring to Summer tablescape decorating ideas

livingroom decorating ideas

recipes and craft ideas

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  1. Your table is beautiful, I love the pops of yellow and blue, thank you for sharing such detailed instructions on how to bring this whole look together!

  2. These pops of turquoise and yellow are so pretty! Love the way you layered the colors with the milk glass too. It looks fabulous and the step by step guide was super helpful too. Hope your summer season is a fun one, CoCo

  3. Such a gorgeous tablescape, Cindy! I love all of the tips you shared, and I'm absolutely bonkers about your plate wall! I've been wanting to do that for so long, and after seeing yours, it just makes me want to hop right onto the project--stunning! xo, Kristi

    1. Thanks so much Kristi, the plate wreath was so fun to figure out!

  4. Your tablescape is so beautiful. I love the colors and how you put everything together. It’s so gorgeous.

  5. You always give the best tutorials for all your projects and showing us how to style a table is so helpful. Your table is so beautiful!

  6. I love your dining room and how you styled your table! Thanks for sharing!

  7. The blue with the pop of yellow just screams summer. Everything you did looks amazing.

    PS - Just love that clock!

    Lynn Vogeler

  8. Your tablescape is simply stunning Cindy! And by including the step by steps with photos you couldn't have made it any easier for us! Thanks so much!

  9. What a beautiful table Cindy, and those chairs are amazing :) love it all!

    1. Thank you Tanya, those chairs were so easy and inexpensive to recover! You can check out my tips if you search "furniture redos" 😉

  10. Wow Cindy, I love your table. It is so pretty. I love the blue and yellow theme. Makes me want to decorate my table every day! Can you image, nothing would get done. Lol. Thanks for the inspiration. Julie :)

    1. Thanks Julie, I love changing up my table decor and yes it could be a full time pastime, lol 😆

  11. Cindy, your table is gorgeous and so perfectly-beachy! I love the coastal colors and your beautiful glasses. Great tips with your step by step instructions too! So nice to tour with you!

  12. I like how you added the blue ball jars. A very affordable yet stylish solution.

  13. This color scheme is perfect! I love it!

  14. Your table is beautiful Cindy! I can't wait to incorporate yellows and beachy blues to mine this summer. Thank you for the amazing inspiration my friend.

  15. This is such a cheerful space! And the step by step is so helpful. Such a pretty dining room tablescape, Cindy!


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