Dining Alfresco: Summer Tablescape Inspiration and Round-Up

 Alfresco or outdoor dining is at its best when you combine it a fun summer activity or theme.

With a little imagination, you can be transported to a tropical locale,

enjoy a summer activity like picnicking, or celebrate the flowers or fruits of the season.

I pulled together some summer alfresco table inspiration from the archives.

Click on the links in red to revisit for centerpieces inspiration and

table sources for your summer dining!

A Tropical Table and Lake Breeze Cocktail

Lakeside Nautical Table and National Lighthouse Day

Purples, Plums & Petunias Alfresco Tablescape

 Alfresco Table with Hosta Leaf Vase Centerpiece DIY

Summer Table in a Cornfield

Seaside Dining Tablescape

More Loggerhead Love Tablescape

Fantasy Island Getaway Tablescape

A Caribbean {Floating} Island Picnic

A Farmers Market Table

Crowing in Delight: Sunflowers and Rooster Tablescape

Red Fish, Blue Fish Lakeside Table

Anchors Aweigh and Nautical Fun on the Pontoon

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Tablescape Thursday

  29 comments for “Dining Alfresco: Summer Tablescape Inspiration and Round-Up

  1. Marina Brivio
    July 25, 2018 at 7:29 am


  2. July 25, 2018 at 7:30 am

    Mary, Thank you for this wonderful round up and all your alfresco table inspiration. There are several of these tables I missed before I found your beautiful blog.♥

  3. Pamela
    July 25, 2018 at 7:33 am

    Exquisite! Adorable! Gorgeous! Your creativity and execution are unsurpassed.

  4. Danielle Giamundo
    July 25, 2018 at 7:33 am

    Good Morning Mary! I love this post with all of the tablescapes! I’d like to say jokingly that you have way too much time on your hands, but I know it must take so much time and creativity to put together these themes. And I realize this is a full time job for you. Yours is the only blog I subscribe to and I tell all of my friends to check you out! Your ideas are so creative, but so doable. And people like me, that work and don’t have so much time to think really appreciate your ideas so that on the off days, we can wow our friends with minimum effort and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Have a great day!

  5. Donna C
    July 25, 2018 at 7:41 am

    You never fail to amaze me. I wonder which of all of these fabulous designs is your favorite?

  6. July 25, 2018 at 8:35 am

    Mary, what a great round-up of alfresco tablescapes. Great minds think alike, I am planning a round-up also!😎. Have a beautiful Wednesday!

  7. Karen Wright
    July 25, 2018 at 8:37 am

    Wow, Mary!!! Sooo much of my all time very favorite!!! This is the most wonderful post ever!!! I am totally in “Alfresco Heaven!!! Love, Love, Love!!! Your alfresco is not only my fav, it is also the best!!! Makes me want to just stay and visit forever!!! Thanks for Making My Day!!!

  8. July 25, 2018 at 9:19 am

    I absolutely love every single one of your tablescapes. Unlike me, you have the view that goes with such a great table theme, and I enjoy taking it in as much as I enjoy the carefully crafted decor in each setting. Lovely!

  9. Donna M
    July 25, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Love your tablescapes, each one is beautiful. Where do you store all of your “stuff”? Would love to see that . You make the mundane beautiful.

  10. July 25, 2018 at 9:20 am

    I loved going through your archives and seeing all those pretty tables, Mary. I did, however, get stuck on your Farmer’s Market table, because of that beautiful quilt that you used as a table covering. Thank you for sharing!

  11. July 25, 2018 at 9:36 am

    It’s always such fun looking back and revisiting Mary, and what a great time to do an al fresco tablescape round up! Perfect for our Al Fresco Tablescape hop week!

  12. July 25, 2018 at 10:26 am

    WOW WOW WOW Your attention to detail is wonderful. You bring each table to life, and inspire anyone to try and to work with things that they may have around their home. I have said this before, you have the most impressive ironed linens of any one. This shows in every photo. My Mother and Grandmother instilled this lost art into me. I look forward to every one of your ideas and I pin them and put them in my favorites and I print some of them and place them in my scrapbook for up coming party ideas. Look forward to your next tablescape.

  13. July 25, 2018 at 10:30 am

    YOURS is my favorite blog that I always read…every post. I do wonder how in the world you find storage for all your creative props and dishes. Any storage hints or ideas you could share?? We love your work so much!

  14. Susan B
    July 25, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Mary, the table with the plums and purple petunias is stunning. A stunning presentation. Thank you.

  15. July 25, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Too hot to dine alfresco here of late, but I love seeing this beautiful inspiration. Each table is so inviting, Mary. I want to sprout wings and fly in for dinner.

  16. Granny 35 (France)
    July 25, 2018 at 1:02 pm

    Merci pour toutes ces bonnes idées de décorations de tables. Mes deux préférées sont : la table “seaside” et la table “purple” , mais toutes sont ravissantes.
    Bonne soirée

  17. July 25, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Alfresco, thank you for the new word for me Mary

  18. Cyndi Raines
    July 25, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    Everyone is a special setting, very beautiful. Well done Mary. Lots of creativity and great ideas to remember for future tablescapes, Thanks! Today I am changing out patriotic / July 4th dishes /decor and getting out my nautical dishes /beach items. A little behind, but better late than never, ha. So enjoying summer, it’s just going way to fast!

  19. Susan Parker
    July 25, 2018 at 3:52 pm

    Mary, your work is awe-inspiring! Many of your devoted followers have wondered how do you organize and store all your dishes and accessories? Maybe you could do a series on this? You must have a giant barn or something to be able to coordinate and inventory all your treasures! Always enthralled by your creativity; one of my favorites was the woodland/fairy like tablesetting in your potting shed. Also, when you set up your pontoon boat for ANTHING; but especially Autumn, it’s like being there…….with your fur babies of course!

  20. Rita C.
    July 25, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    The best of the best in alfresco dining! My eye immediately caught those turtle napkin rings, very similar to those I used this year – your post is from 2011! My goodness, what a storage of table elements you must have! I would love going through your stash! Better yet, I’d love sitting down at any one of these tables, Mary. So good, so good.

  21. Gail
    July 25, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    How your creative mind works is amazing to come up with so many themes, colors, etc

  22. Catherine LUXEREAU
    July 26, 2018 at 2:28 am

    Bonjour Mary

    Que vos tables sont belles, colorées et gaies….Des petites merveilles ! De vrais bijoux !!! Merci pour ces magnifiques photos encore une fois !…que d’idées….

    Bonne journée

  23. iona
    July 26, 2018 at 8:18 am

    Gorgeous! I really do love that table with violet glasses, and fantasy island tablescape, Everything. Just beautiful.

  24. Maggie
    July 26, 2018 at 8:29 am

    Outstanding post!! Definitely pinning for future inspiration. Thanks!

  25. Virginia
    July 26, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Thanks for reminding me the Blog Hop is still in progress and for sharing your beautiful tables from the past. Just read an interesting article in “Our State” featuring the restaurant Hello Sailor. You are so fortunate to have such an acclaimed restaurant nearby.

  26. Eddi Reid
    July 26, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Your creativity and sense of style plus encyclopedic knowledge of dishes, cutlery and all accoutrements always leaves me amazed.
    I want to go shopping!

  27. July 26, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Oh my, I think I have visited almost every one of these tables here in the past, and they evoke such happy memories for me. I know you style gorgeous tables at your lakefront home and I always look forward to them. I did love the one by the cornfield, too, maybe because it was a little different! I look forward to seeing what you continue to come up with!

  28. July 28, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    Your “round-ups” are always amazing…and yes, my favorite are your table settings by the lake…there is always such a peaceful calm at each table set so beautifully. Catching up on my reading…have a fabulous week Mary!

  29. July 30, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    There are so many favorites here I don’t think I could pick one! They are all so beautiful. I just got several of my girl friends to look up your blog – and now they are each in awe!!! Thanks for all the work you put into these lovely tables just so we can drool over them!!!!

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