Summer decorating can go way beyond simply picking a bouquet for your favorite vase. With a little creativity you can come up with ideas as fresh as your summer flowers. Start by looking for the beautiful things blooming in your yard and work those into your table setting.
You can easily incorporate pieces of your china pattern as well by filling a soup tureen or other large serving pieces with water and floating fragrant blossoms such as gardenias, magnolias or peonies. This will create great ambiance by filling your house with a lovely summer smell.
Another suggestion is to tie cut flowers to colorful fabric napkins with ribbon or twine, or even wrapping running vines like ivy, jasmine or honeysuckle around candle sticks. You can also fill unused tea cups or crystal pieces with colorful blossoms to use at each individual place setting, or arrange candles and flowers on cake stands to use as table centerpieces or in any room of your home. If you live near a lake or the ocean, use sand, shells, driftwood or other materials found along the water’s edge.
Leaves, fern fronds and other greenery also make great accents. Another quick summer decorating trick is to take a pretty variegated leaf from a plant such as a hosta and lay it flat on a dinner plate, then place a clear glass luncheon or salad plate over the leaf to place food on. You can use various colored plates, leaves or flowers to create different looks for each guest.
Why stay inside when you can go directly to Mother Nature? So many people are trapped in the mindset that fine china should only be used for formal meals around the dining room table. That’s just so limiting. You can have fantastic alfresco entertaining such as a beautiful dinner at sunset or under the stars simply by using ‘your good stuff’ outdoors.