Yay for summertime fun!! Memorial day is the “unofficial” kickoff to summer and what better way to celebrate than entertaining with your family & friends. I have put together 2 simple ideas that can be used throughout the summer for any outdoor or indoor party. The red, white & blue theme can be used for Memorial Day or 4th of July & the seaside theme can be worked in any day of the season. For more table ideas you can visit this post for 4th of July Celebrate The 4th In Style . Or this post for more summer ideas How to make a pretty table setting mixing prints & patterns. And this one for any season HOW TO MAKE A SHOW STOPPER TABLESCAPE
Idea #1- Seaside Table
This table is so simple. It’s all about neutral textures and fresh, crisp lines. I started with brown craft paper down the center, then added various shapes and sizes of wood candle sticks with creme colored candles to bring in some warmth and glow for an evening or outdoor idea, then I sprinkled craft sand down the center and added star fish and sea shells to complete the look.
For the place settings, I started with a textured straw placemat, then added pretty, taupe melamine plates in a square pattern to give a unique and sharp edge to the look. Then, I added stripe napkins to give a nautical feel and used large nautical knots from the target dollar spot as the napkin rings and finished it off with a pretty starfish.
Idea #2- Proud American
For this table, I used the same brown craft paper down the center of the table. You could have crayons or chalk on the table and let your guests write on the paper who they are thinking of or in memory of a special person.
Then, I just placed bandanas into white pitchers for a punch of red and tucked in some American flags from the Dollar Store.
For the place settings, I used the same straw placemat for some warmth and texture and to make the table feel more casual and summer like. I then used a white scalloped charger to give a pendant look to the layers and topped with a blue calico dinner plate. However, a blue paper plate or even a blue check would be fun and easy.
To add some more character, I used a little white bucket and tucked a red check napkin with wooden utensils and a blue striped straw for color and a festive look. You could add fun candy or flowers as well. Any printed napkin would work, the point is to mix some patterns to give it a more festive flare and keep it fun. The mix of the flag, bandana, check and florals are all in the same color idea but mix well to give it some whimsey.
I hope you enjoy the “unofficial” start to your summer and celebrate with fun gatherings and food. Both of these tables were done at a very low expense but small details are what give it the personality and class without going overboard.
Let me know what you think and if you have any questions. I always love to hear from my followers and hearing what you enjoy most about the post or the inspiration you may have to do your own table or party.