Celebrate Summer at the Table: Alfresco Tablescapes and Centerpiece 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.

Beach tablesetting by the water with shells and hydrangeas ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #summer #beach #tablescape #water

Happy June!

I find that alfresco or outdoor dining is at its best when combined with a fun summer theme or activity. With a little imagination, you can be transported to a tropical or seaside locale, enjoy a summer activity like picnicking, or celebrate the flowers or fruits of the season! I pulled together some summer table and centerpiece inspiration from the archives.

Patriotic watermelon vase centerpiece with hydrangeas, sunflowers, roses and flags for the Fourth of July #tablescape #july4th #centerpiece #patriotic

Click on the links in red to see the original post if you’d like more details, table sources

and centerpiece inspiration for your summer dining!

Alfresco Tropical Table and easy centerpiece for summer entertaining | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #beach #flamingos #alfresco #summer

A Tropical Table and Lake Breeze Cocktail

A tropical-inspired tablescape and cocktail for lakeside dining and sipping.

Lakeside Nautical Table and National Lighthouse Day | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #tablescapes #alfresco #nautical #lighthouse

Lakeside Nautical Table and National Lighthouse Day

A nautical lakeside table in celebration of National Lighthouse Day

Patriotic Nautical Table by the lake | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #patriotic #nautical #lake #tablescapes #redwhiteandblue

Lakeside Summer Table: Red, White and Blue and Nautical Too

Set sail into summer with some nautical fun on the dock and celebrate the red, white and blue.

DIY Blooming Watermelon Vase and Patriotic Table #watermelon #centerpiece #diy #patriotic #alfresco #tablescape #lake #4thofjuly

DIY Blooming Watermelon Vase and Patriotic Table

Create a blooming watermelon centerpiece for the Fourth of July or summer entertaining.

DIY Summer Fruit and Flower Arrangement and Tablescape | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #diy #tablescape #fruit #summer

DIY Summer Fruit and Flower Arrangement + Tablescape

A fruit and flower centerpiece and table on the porch

Alfresco summer table and floral centerpiece | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #alfresco #tablescapes #summer #sunflowers

 Alfresco Table with Hosta Leaf Vase Centerpiece DIY

A garden-inspired table with a hosta leaf floral centerpiece.

Seaside Dining beach tablescape | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #summer #tablescapes #beach

Seaside Dining Tablescape

A beach-inspired tablescape with the colors of sun, sand, and sea.

Loggerhead Love Tablescape | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #beach #tablescapes #shells #turtles #lake

More Loggerhead Love Tablescape

Table inspiration from Loggerhead Sea Turtles and summer family vacation. 

Beach tablesetting by the water with shells and hydrangeas ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #summer #beach #tablescape #water

Dockside, Lakeside and Seaside Table for Two

A table on the dock to celebrate the last days of summer and DIY centerpiece with seashells and hydrangeas

Fantasy Island Getaway Tablescape | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #tablescapes #alfresco #lake #beach #summer

Fantasy Island Getaway Tablescape

A fantasy island getaway and boating excursion tablescape.

A Caribbean {Floating} Island Picnic on the Pontoon | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #pontoon #picnic #summer #recipes

A Caribbean {Floating} Island Picnic

The pontoon decked out with frolicking flamingos, tropical bunting and hula skirt swags with a Caribbean-inspired menu and picnic

Tomato summer table and centerpiece | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #tablescapes #alfresco #tomato #summer

You Say Tomato

Celebrating tomato season with a tomato centerpiece and Heirloom Tomato Pie.

Dockside Dining with Butterflies and Hydrangeas #lake #tablescape #hydrangeas

Dockside Dining with Butterflies and Hydrangeas

Garden hydrangeas provide a centerpiece for a dockside table with Lenox Butterfly Meadow Cloud. Post includes an easy tip to keep cut hydrangeas from wilting.

'Welcome Summer' Table with Lemons | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #lemons #alfresco #tablescape #summer #lake

Lakeside Limonata Table and Sparkling Cans of Flowers

Sunny lemons provided some cheery table inspiration in a tablecloth and dinnerware for lakeside dining. Sparkling Limonata cans are repurposed as vases for flowers.

DIY Lemon Vase Flower Arrangement and Alfresco Summer Table #diy #flowers #centerpiece #lemons #hydrangeas #tablescape #summer #alfresco

DIY Lemon Vase Flower Arrangement and Alfresco Summer Table

An alfresco summer table with steps to create a lemon vase flower arrangement.

Mini lemon ‘vases’ are filled with garden blooms.

Lakeside Table with Sunflowers and Black and White Buffalo Check #tablescape #sunflowers #blackandwhite #summer #alfresco

Lakeside Table with Sunflowers and Black and White Buffalo Check

Black and white buffalo check marry cheery sunflowers in a lakeside table for two.

Buzzing with Bees: DIY Flower Arrangement and Summer Tablescape on the Porch #sunflowers #bees #blackandwhite #tablescape #summer

Buzzing with Bees: DIY Flower Arrangement and Summer Tablescape

Celebrate summer with a DIY flower arrangement and table on the porch buzzing with bees.

Buzzing with Bees: DIY Flower Arrangement and Summer Tablescape on the Porch #sunflowers #bees #blackandwhite #tablescape #summer

I’m happy to *bee* a part of a Summer Tablescape Blog Hop next Tuesday!

I hope you’ll buzz back to find summer table inspiration from 20+ table stylists and bloggers.

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17 Summer Tablescapes and Centerpiece Inspiration | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #summer #tablescapes #alfresco #beach #lake #nautical #tropical #patriotic #flowers

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  48 comments for “Celebrate Summer at the Table: Alfresco Tablescapes and Centerpiece Inspiration

  1. Gail
    June 1, 2022 at 6:16 am

    Although I’m usually drawn more toward the more colorful flower arrangements, your white hydrangeas with shells peeking through the flowers really caught my eye

    • June 1, 2022 at 7:29 pm

      Thank you for your visit Gail! 🐚🍽

  2. Debbie Bolduc
    June 1, 2022 at 6:55 am

    You are so talented and creative. These tables capes are all so beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

    • June 1, 2022 at 7:28 pm

      Thank you for your sweet comment and visit Debbie! 🍽💕

  3. June 1, 2022 at 7:45 am

    I allways enjoy the variety of each of your posts. I know that is a lot of work and also the Amazon links.

    • June 1, 2022 at 7:28 pm

      Thank you Pamela! Happy June! 🍽💕

  4. June 1, 2022 at 7:59 am

    Good morning, Mary. The alfresco round-up really puts me in the summer spirit. I have to say the tomato centerpiece has me craving a BLT sandwich. It certainly feels like summer the past couple of days. I enjoyed all of the eye candy and Happy June!

    • June 1, 2022 at 7:27 pm

      Thank you Pam! I hope you’re staying cool. Happy June to you! 🍽💕

  5. Tracy
    June 1, 2022 at 8:28 am

    Beautiful post! 💖
    I was hoping for a link to the hydrangea table cloth! Blue hydrangeas are my favorite!

    • June 1, 2022 at 8:32 am

      Thank you Tracy! Unfortunately I don’t have a link. It’s a small quilted table topper I found at HomeGoods about 5 years ago. ♥

  6. Pamela
    June 1, 2022 at 8:42 am

    You are the queen of table settings! Yesterday I watched the first show of Table Wars on tv. Have you seen it? You would win 🙂

    • June 1, 2022 at 7:13 pm

      Thank you Pamela! No, I haven’t seen it I’ll have to check it out. Thank you for your visit and kind compliment! 😀🍽

  7. jane Lund
    June 1, 2022 at 9:06 am

    Oh my goodness!! These are absolutely spectacular! I don’t know how you keep coming up with these gorgeous, awesome table settings. Every table, food, centerpiece, dishes, just everything is beautiful! You truly are very, very gifted, talented, and so creative. I hope your friends and family appreciate all your hard work. If I do 2 tablesettings a year, I accomplished something and it’s hard work putting it all together, LOL! You are the queen of table-scapes, thank you for not only the inspiration, but the beauty alone to look at is fabulous!!

    • June 1, 2022 at 7:17 pm

      Thank you Jane! You’re too kind *blush*. Happy Wednesday 💕

  8. babs
    June 1, 2022 at 9:14 am

    all the tables capes are phenomenal, But My favorite is the Bee and Black and White checker board

    • June 1, 2022 at 7:18 pm

      Thank you Babs! I love all things bee!🐝

  9. June 1, 2022 at 9:42 am

    What an array of eye candy! Oh my word, your tablescapes are out of this world! I can’t pick a favorite, i am crazy about all of them! Wow!

    • June 1, 2022 at 7:19 pm

      Thank you for your visit and sweet comment Nancy! 💕

  10. June 1, 2022 at 10:54 am

    Wow! Every tablescape is absolutely stunning. My favorite is the “Dockside, Lakeside and Seaside” one.

    • June 1, 2022 at 7:21 pm

      Thank you Andree! 🐚🍽💕

  11. Cindi
    June 1, 2022 at 11:59 am

    Just finished some yard work in our 90 degree temp and opened my iPad to your post…I feel refreshed and content after browsing your pictures. I think sitting at one of your tables without food would be a treat…add food and it’s over the top. Thank you for once again sharing your creativity. Peace.

    • June 1, 2022 at 7:25 pm

      Thank you for your sweet comment Cindi! I was doing some garden chores and photographing until about 11 this morning.
      It was in the 90s here too and porecleansing! 🥵

  12. Sharon Myers
    June 1, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    Your blog is my favorite, and it just makes my day. You are so talented and creative. A lot of work goes into your posts and Amazon links, and I appreciate the links. Not only do you create gorgeous tablescapes, you also post delicious recipes. Thank you for all the beauty and enjoyment you provide.

    • June 1, 2022 at 7:26 pm

      Thank you so much Sharon! It is a lot work and it’s nice to know it’s appreciated.
      Thank you for your visit and kind comment! 🍽💕

  13. June 1, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    Gorgeous tables Mary, difficult to pick a favorite/. So nice you include so many in one place. Gorgeous photos and beautiful styling. We were working in our garden today. The temps were close to 90. I am thankful to have our pool. Your lake views are stunning. Looking forward to seeing another fabulous summer tablescape on June 7th.

    • June 3, 2022 at 7:00 am

      Thank you Linda! We were in the 90s this week but got a 10 degree cool down which makes a big difference. Looking forward to joining you on Tuesday. ♥

  14. June 2, 2022 at 5:09 am

    Let the Summertime Fun begin! What an amazing roundup of gorgeous outside Alfresco Dining. Each and every table with its own delight of centerpieces, linens and plates is remarkable! Thank you for all the eye candy!
    Happy June!

    • June 3, 2022 at 7:00 am

      Thanks so much Nancy! Happy June to you too! ♥

  15. Sue
    June 2, 2022 at 3:13 pm

    So much fun to look at all your creative and beautiful arrangements!
    Thank you.

    • June 3, 2022 at 7:01 am

      Thank you for your visit and comment Sue! Happy weekend! ♥

  16. Clara
    June 2, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    Mary, Your tables are all beautiful! You know I love colorful linens and pretty dishware and your roundup provided a lot of enjoyment. I can’t possibly pick a favorite as they’re all my favorite! I do have the same tablecloth you used with the sand castle. I always enjoy decorating a table with it as a base. Thanks for the round up! Clara❤️

    • June 3, 2022 at 7:03 am

      Thank you for your visit and always generous comments Clara! I hope you’re managing to stay cool. Happy weekend! ♥

  17. Christie
    June 2, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    I like so many of your tablescapes but I have to say your tomatoe one is very unique and I just love. Thank you for sharing these

    • June 3, 2022 at 7:03 am

      Thank you Christie! ♥

  18. Debra
    June 2, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    All so lovely! You’re so talented!

    • June 3, 2022 at 7:04 am

      Thank you Debra, you’re too kind. ♥

  19. Sherry
    June 2, 2022 at 10:00 pm

    I just found you through Between Naps on the Porch and I feel like I’ve died and gone to dish heaven. I’m in awe of all your tables and beautiful dinnerware! Keep up the good work, can’t wait to see what you do next.

    • June 3, 2022 at 7:05 am

      Thank you Sherry and welcome! Dish addicts unite! :) Happy weekend!

  20. KathyP
    June 3, 2022 at 6:57 am

    So many beautiful summer tablescapes Mary! Anyone would be thrilled to join you, especially with your lake views, a little slice of heaven. Happy June!

    • June 3, 2022 at 7:06 am

      Thanks so much Kathy! I hope you’re enjoying a break in the heat like we are. Happy weekend. ♥

  21. Jerrie Stanton
    June 3, 2022 at 5:39 pm

    I share your love of dishes and tablescapes so this post makes my heart happy! Thank you for the beauty, work and gorgeous photography you share with us. Blessings to you. Jerrie

  22. Teresa Cline
    June 4, 2022 at 7:14 am

    Mary, Somehow I missed this post and round up of your beautiful summer tables. I can’t imagine how you could possibly come up something new! Thank you for sharing and I look forward to seeing your table on Tuesday. Happy Weekend! Teresa

  23. June 4, 2022 at 8:19 am

    Finally up and around after the cold & cough from He— I’m finally catching up! While all are beautiful…the one that caught my eye the most is the sunflowers with the black & white check tablecloth, etc. I love the combination!!

  24. June 4, 2022 at 9:41 am

    Wow, Mary! Each and every table is beautiful for Summer. It was so nice to see all of them rounded up. You certainly give us such wonderful inspiration. 🥰

  25. June 6, 2022 at 8:36 am

    Oh so much summer fun, just when I know this is my favorite more and more beauties keep coming! Love the seaside/lake visions, heading to the beach today so you have me nice and primed! Love the lemon and blue dishes, how did I miss them! Adore the tomatoes… Ok, I could go one forever, fabulousness all the way around!

  26. Shirley @housepitalitydesigns
    June 9, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    Enjoyed seeing your summer tablescapes by the lake. I always love your round ups as they are such joy to see and know how much joy you have presenting your creations. Happy Summer Mary!!

  27. Jo
    June 15, 2022 at 12:44 pm

    Enjoyed seeing these gorgeous tablescapes! It’s always nice to go back and review them. My favorites are the Seaside Dining and Buffalos Check table arrangements. Happy June! 🐝🌻🐝🌻🐝

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