Welcome Summer Tablescape

Welcome summer with an inviting tablescape set for relaxing and lingering a little longer.

Today I am so excited to join in on the Welcome Summer Tablescape Blog Hop, hosted by the lovely and talented Chloe, from Celebrate and Decorate. This week-long blog hop is the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for some summer inspiration. I hope you enjoy my casual porch table, set for an intimate summer supper. Then head on over to the links at the end of this post to see all the different looks created for the summer!

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As a teacher and a mom, I am right in the midst of the busiest time of year. With so much going on, home becomes a haven, and our back porch becomes one of my favorite places to be. It is the place where my family and I can take a breath, reconnect, and relax.

My husband, Andy, and I are entering a new phase of our life. Our children are growing up. Between their work and school responsibilities, they are not home for dinner every night anymore. As a result, Andy and I are finding many evenings where it’s just the two of us.  It kind of feel like we’re dating again.

Welcome to an relaxed summer dinner for two on the porch.

A simple table runner was used as a base. I had bought mine a few years ago at Hobby Lobby, but you can find a similar one here.  A fresh lavender topiary, a rosemary plant, and a candle were clustered to create a centerpiece. I enjoy using elements of various heights, materials, and textures to create interest. Of course, candlelight is a must.

Create a simple charcuterie tray with a mix of meats,  cheeses, crackers, and fruits.  It is so easy to make one of these meat and cheese boards.  I used two different salamis, two types of sliced cheeses, a variety of crackers, and a bunch of fresh grapes.

When setting this table, I always tend to use items I have on hand. I am a big believer of shopping your home. The rosemary is from my kitchen and the candle from my bedroom. Look around your home to see what you have and don’t be afraid to move things around!

For our placesettings, I layered a jute placemat with my striped DIY cloth napkins, and these colorful melamine plates.  I had purchased this pretty dinnerware a few years back from Sur la Table and they quickly became my summer go-to dishes.

Simple, comfortable, and inviting…a table for set for relaxing and lingering a little longer.  Afterall, isn’t that what summer is all about?


Thank you for visiting!

Pop over to visit Living with Thanksgiving  next!

Visit all the blogs in this tour for more creative summer tablescape ideas!

Please note the addition of Rita from Panoply for today!  


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  1. Lynne, this beautifully done! It feels very Provencal to me, and it could just as easily be pictured on a hillside somewhere in France vs. your back porch. Back to life and reality, though, it is a very relaxed and enjoyable way of grabbing a quick meal in style. Your candlelight, lavender and wine immediately relax a typical day of frenetic activity. My recent weeks have been very similar to your busy schedule, and this is where I want to be! It’s a pleasure to join you ladies on this blog hop after a nearly 6 month hiatus from blogging and sense of “normalcy”.

    Rita C at Panoply

  2. I’m loving your plates from Sur la Table! A candlelight dinner sounds lovely. Your DIY napkins and straw mats are perfect for your back porch charcuterie meal. Those big juicy grapes look delicious.

  3. Lynne, as empty nesters I love seeing tables set for two, since it’s most often just hubby and I. A lovely and intimate table. I adore that lavender topiary! The fresh scent from it and the Rosemary plant must really add a note of wow to sitting at the table.

  4. Oh Lynne, this is beautiful! The first thing I did when I saw the first photograph was *sigh* It looks so relaxing!! Love the candlelight and simple but enticing cheese tray, I would love to sit there every evening and linger! Beautiful plates too! So glad to hop with you this week!

  5. I am always re-arranging things around my house and shopping my own home to decorate a table or set a vignette on a coffee table. Your table looks so welcoming, I would gladly join you at this serene summer table. I love your colorful plates, they add the color to your tablescape. Thank you for joining us for another hop and sharing your table styling talents!

  6. I love the simplicity and intimacy of your table and shopping your home always yields great results. It’s a pleasure to blog hop with you.

  7. Love your table setting. As empty nesters we frequently have meals like this on our front or back porch. Makes for a peaceful, easy, and romantic lunch or dinner! Salut!!

  8. Lynne, you have set a perfectly romantic table for you and hubby! I love the melamine dishes from Sur la Table. You cheese board looks delicious and is a great way to entertain friends or just for the two of you! It is a pleasure to blog hop with you!

  9. Welcome Lynne!!!! We are always ready to see the inspiration and talents of other stylists as they join our fold. Very Pretty tablescape…and so relaxing in our busy schedules these days. It is always fun to shop our homes and as we move things around, we find the “musical chairs” of our decor becomes even better than we had before. Something different makes for interesting settings. The candle is a must, as you said, and borrowing it from your bedroom makes room for different interest in its place. Your charcuterie is lovely, as is your table runner. Your screened in area is a perfect setting for your . A few of us have empty nests and have found ourselves “dating” again and it is wonderful to find the time for that phase of our lives again. Thank you, we are glad you joined our welcome summer Blog hop!

  10. Such a lovely setting for a snack and quality time. I love the rosemary added to the table and the plates are wonderful too. I only use things from our home for my tablescapes too. It’s a pleasure to be on the tablescape tour with you. Hugs!

  11. Lynne I just love this tablescape! It screams summer and puts me in the mood for warmer days of al fresco dining! I love the lavender and rosemary especially and the dishes are so pretty. I hope you and your husband have many fun “dates” at your table!

    You are always welcome to come over and link up with us at Thursday Favorite Things: https://followtheyellowbrickhome.com/inspiring-diys-how-tos-and-makeovers-at-tft/
    The party is live Thurs.-Sat.

    So happy to hop with you. Have a great summer ahead!

  12. Hi Lynne, happy to have you on the hop. Love dining on your back porch. The charcuterie platter is a great idea. Love nibbling. The topiary is a pretty natural addition.

  13. Hi Lynne, your pretty tablescape has such a Tuscan vibe–I love it! It’s a pleasure to be joining you for the hop this week! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  14. Julie Briones says:

    So pretty, Lynne. Love the striped napkins with the printed plates! Very fun blog hop, too!

  15. Hi Lynne, such a lovely table. Your platter of fruit and cheese is a must for those lazy afternoons with a glass of wine. Love the plates. Adding fresh herbs is always a nice touch
    Shopping one’s house makes perfect sense. I always mix and match with what I have. On occasions, I do splurge.

  16. Lynne, Your table looks like the perfect way to spend a nice relaxing summer evening. Our children are grown and out of the house now – so there are nights when we have had a busy day, we don’t even make a dinner – we will just pull out some meat, cheese and a bit of fruit just as you have on your table. I hope you enjoy your summer.

  17. Sigh.. I’m not sure if I’m sighing because of the beauty of your table, or the serenity it offers – maybe both! We aren’t quite there yet where we’ll be able to enjoy our second round of dating but I’m looking forward to when we do! By the way, I’m in awe that you not only pulled off this gorgeous tablescape, but during the busiest time of the teaching year! You’re an inspiration all the way around! So fun hopping with you – happy start to the summer!

  18. Beautiful! Love the napkins.

  19. Lynne, I love the casual elegance of your table. After a long day at work, it must be nice to linger there with your husband and enjoy a simple meal and glass of wine. The woods in the background and twinkle lights on the porch add to the relaxing atmosphere. The Sur La Table plates are so pretty, and I agree with Rita that they look Provencal. I sometimes have just wine, cheese and bread for dinner, and it’s marvelous! I love the fresh herb centerpieces, too! So happy to hop with you, my friend. Can’t wait till Haven!

  20. I absolutely love your outdoor space and the table setting is beautiful. Looks so inviting!!

  21. Your table is so beautiful! Perfect for a summer evening relaxing after a stressful day! Hope you have a great holiday weekend! Hugs!

  22. Lovely summer table ready for some relaxing evenings.
    Happy summer,
    Kippi #kippiathome

  23. Pretty! I love those dishes.
    Thank you for sharing at The Really crafty Link Party. Pinned.

  24. Hi Lynne!
    I love how quaint and serene this tablescape is! It’s a perfect setting for sitting and relaxing at the end of the day while you and your husband enjoy a summer meal together! I hope you will share this at Homestyle Gathering!

    >>> Kim

  25. Lynne, you have a lovely porch which is perfect for a cozy dinner. Love the twinkle lights and candles to set the mood. Thanks for sharing on Tuesday Turn About.

  26. Lynne, your tablescape is absolutely lovely! I want to go dine al fresco at your house this summer! Great photography in your post, too. Pinning! Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Turn About!

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