Outdoor Dining: Summer Tablescapes, Centerpieces and Inspiration

Find summer table and centerpiece inspiration with themes and ideas ranging from nautical, seaside, tropical, or fresh-from-the-garden, for your outdoor entertaining and dining this summer.

Happy Monday! As Memorial Day is two weeks away and the unofficial kick off to summer, I’m sharing some summer table and centerpiece inspiration from the archives.

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

Click on the links in red to see the original post for details, centerpiece 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

You Say Tomato

Anchors Aweigh and Nautical Fun on the Pontoon

On Lakecation + Dockside Dining

Ball Jar Bouquets and a Lakeside Picnic

Majolica and Hydrangeas Alfresco Table

Lemons and Hydrangeas Alfresco Summer Tablescape

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  30 comments for “Outdoor Dining: Summer Tablescapes, Centerpieces and Inspiration

  1. KathyP
    May 13, 2019 at 6:31 am

    Mary, Your tables are a feast for the eyes! Thank you for sharing this round up, I’m hosting a brunch for a friend’s milestone birthday in a few weeks and I know there will be several take-aways and ideas I can use! Happy Monday!

  2. Ellen
    May 13, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Oh WOW!! Hard to pick a favorite!! I always find something that inspires!! We dine alfresco on the screened in porch, IF it ever stops raining and warms up!! 46-50 is too cold for these old bones to sit outside for very long!! But your pics give me hope!! Thanks for sharing…but, could you share some sunshine and warmth….PLEASE??? 🌼🌺🌧🌦💨☀️☔️☀️☀️☀️☀️

  3. May 13, 2019 at 6:59 am

    What a fun post!!! Loved all the table scapes.

  4. Jerri Stanton
    May 13, 2019 at 7:01 am

    Gorgeous outdoor tables Mary! I love your seeing your creativity in bloom with your flowers, especially the lemon vase. Your pontoon dressed for your picnics are some of my favorites!

  5. Sherry T
    May 13, 2019 at 7:15 am

    I absolutely love your tablescapes and have incorporated many of your ideas into my table decorating. Thanking you for sharing your creativity with those of us who need some inspiration.

  6. Ann Woleben
    May 13, 2019 at 7:17 am

    Hard to choose a favorite from this post – all inviting and lovely~

  7. Cheryle Atwater
    May 13, 2019 at 7:17 am

    Mary, you are an artist! I am amazed at you collections of table ware and accessories. How have you amassed such treasures?

  8. Rita C.
    May 13, 2019 at 7:25 am

    Nobody, and I mean NOBODY, can top your design ideas for tablescaping, Mary. All of your ideas are just so rich (and not necessarily in terms of money!) and creative. I just love seeing your tables. Happy Monday. I didn’t get in on this hop but hope to be back on my blog by June.

  9. Kim
    May 13, 2019 at 8:06 am

    Thank you for sharing your creative tablescapes. Each one if them beautiful. Very inspirational.

  10. May 13, 2019 at 8:53 am

    Yay, here comes summer! After a solid week of rain, the sun is finally out here and I am itching to get out all my summer things! Your round up leaves me breathless, they are all so fabulous! I think my favorites are the ones “on location” ….the beach, the cornfield and the dock! We put so much into our tablescapes, they deserve to be shared many times, there is always something new to see! I am so looking forward to the Welcome Summer hop this week!
    I’ve got to get busy, thank you Mary!

  11. Clara
    May 13, 2019 at 9:47 am

    Mary, What wonderful tablescapes! Each is so colorful, very inviting & unique. Your beautiful tablescapes are award winning; your talent amazes us all! Have a great day! Clara 💕

  12. Loryl
    May 13, 2019 at 9:52 am

    I love a good old red, white and blue tablescape and hydrangeas have my heart BUT your hosta one with the beautiful flower paisley cloth was the winner in my book!!

  13. May 13, 2019 at 1:07 pm

    Mary, you are definitely the queen of tablescapes. I could never choose a favorite, they are all beautiful and unique! It is a gorgeous day with bright blue skies and cooler temperatures. I must get outside and start weeding!

  14. May 13, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    I couldn’t pick a favorite either, Mary. I love when you go fishing in your archives…literally—because I love the beach themes and of course any of your flower arrangements.

  15. Cyndi Raines
    May 13, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    Oh, my GOSH! What a treasure chest of eye candy ! I have spent the last 1.5 + hours reviewing the first 4 or 5 posts and will finish the rest tonight. Every one is a special delight. You are THE BEST! Had to pin the shrimp kabobs, the cold rice salad and the delicious pineapple – coconut fruit boats ! I’m all over the nautical / lakeside tablescape, but the others are awesome also. Mary, how did you get the molded brown sugar turtles not to crumble upon removing from the mold? I so enjoyed re-reading the Loggerhead turtle posts and seeing the babies scrambling to the water. You and my hubby share a definite love for turtles. If we are in the car and he sees a turtle trying to cross the road, he will stop, put on his flashers and get out and take it to safety in the grass so no one will run over it. They are sweet. Thanks for all your hard work, we are spoiled but love Every post! 🏖🍹🌴🍍🍋🍒🏊‍♀️🌹🐚

  16. Anita Napier
    May 13, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Thank you for sharing your tables! I love them ALL! You are so talented and can put anything together! I would never think of all the things you do in your tablescapes.

  17. Kathleen
    May 13, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    Fantastic pictures, flowers, dishes, ideas and inspiring creations. As one commenter wrote: A feast for the eyes!

  18. Marion
    May 13, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Love the lemon theme.

  19. Joan
    May 13, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    Your flowers are beautiful.

  20. Joan
    May 13, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    Your flowers are lovely. So colorful and bright.

  21. Joan
    May 13, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    Your flowers are lovely. So bright and colorful.

  22. May 13, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    All of your tables are amazing. Your talents are also amazing. I pinned this. Hope you had a great weekend, mary.

  23. May 14, 2019 at 7:18 am

    Oh how I just love your Round-ups!!!…Every table is magnificent and I look forward to your creations kicking off Summer! Where has Spring gone? Have a wonderful day Mary!!!

  24. Sue
    May 14, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    You are so creative with all of your tablescape ideas. My favorite is your pontoon picnic, something very serene about being on a boat and enjoying the beautiful view with a beautiful table and food.

  25. May 14, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    Every one of your tables inspire me, Mary. Your photos also make me long for a little lakeside time. Your property must be gorgeous! Happy dining!

  26. May 15, 2019 at 2:55 am

    You really do know how

  27. May 15, 2019 at 2:55 am

    … to inspire! Thank you for this gorgeous post!

  28. May 18, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    Mary, what a transfusion on this sick day! Thank you for sharing your beautiful gift. 🌷🌷🌷

  29. May 28, 2020 at 11:51 am

    Mary, each one delights! I could never single out a favorite of your tables. When is that book coming out???

  30. Lynn R Owen
    August 6, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    Superb! Each one more beautiful than the one before- what an eye for colors you have! Truly lovely.

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