Summer Tablescape Ideas

Sweet Summer Tablescape

I feel like it’s been a minute since I’ve shared any fun tablescape ideas with you guys!  But as more and more of us are hosting family and friends this summer season, I wanted to make sure we all had plenty of sweet summer tablescape inspo to wow our guests and provide the perfect centerpiece for our gathering.

So….here’s what I came up with!  What do we think?!

Summer Party Ideas


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The inspiration

I knew I wanted lots of color! Who am I, right? Me, colors?  Well, even though I’m typically more of a neutral-gal (if you follow me on Instagram you definitely know that about me 😂), you can’t have summer without the bright colors!!  Plus, I love using them when hosting parties! I think they just make everything that much more cheerful!

I’ll admit, finding inspiration for my summer tablescape ideas this year was pretty dang easy!!  I was literally taking a stroll through the seasonal aisle at Walmart and it hit me!  So many beautiful bold colors and patterns and it all just made me smile!  I mean look how fun and happy these plates are!

Summer Party Ideas

Use colors & foods that are in-season Now

One look at these and the wheels just started turning!  I decided I wanted to play into all the wonderful fruits, plants, and colors that make summer what it is!  Sunny, beautiful, and bright!  So I decided to incorporate lots of colorful fruits (that are naturally in-season during the summer months) like lemons, watermelons (all the melons really), berries, grapes, etc.  I threw them on a big beautiful charcuterie/serving board I found (also at Walmart) and now it’s perfect for pool-side snacking!.

I love this board because it’s got grooves to catch any juice &  prevent spillage AND it’s got handles making it easier to move and carry!


Now, because I have somewhat of a turquoise theme going on here, I wanted to add a pop of that beautiful blue hue to the food without going overboard on sweets or pastries (they tend to be on the heavier side for pool parties here in Texas so I’m trying to keep it light).  But I did want something a little heavier & snackier (probably not a word, lol) than just fruit.  So I decided popcorn! Who doesn’t love popcorn?! It’s a huge fam-fave in this house.  Then I found these blue and pink candy melts, melted some and drizzled it on top and voilá!  A super easy, yet colorful and yummy addition to your tablescape!

Blue & Pink Popcorn

Summertime Snack Ideas

The colors are fun just on their own but look who great they look with the summertime theme! I love how it turned out!



The seasonal gear

Every year, to kick off summer, Walmart loads the front of their stores with some AWESOME seasonal goodies!  And this year, per usual, did not disappoint!  Not only is everything so cute and fun, but it’s all crazy affordable too! I mean, beach towels for under $5, the plates and bowls we snagged were under $1!! And they had tons of colors and patterns to choose from!  If you haven’t snuck over to the seasonal aisles for you next summer gathering, you are totally missing out!

Outdoor Bar



These cups for example, one of the seasonal items that I just couldn’t pass up!  I bought the shorter lemon and lime cups a few years back and they’ve held up so well!  So when I saw the taller white striped ones I had to snag them!  They’re perfect for pool parties or outdoor gatherings were you want something sturdy but don’t want glass!  Plus they’re so fun!



Oh and if you want a fun drink recipe to fill these cups with 😉, you can check out my Lemon-Watermelon Margarita recipe.  It’s one of my fave summer drinks!!  Soooo yummy!!


Tie it all together

Y’all know me.  I like everything to feel intentional and tied together with my decor.  One way I love to do that is with textiles.  In the case of this particular summer tablescape, that meant throw pillows, tablecloth, and of course, pool floaties! 😂

Lucky for me, Walmart had me covered in that department too!  I ALWAYS switch out my throw pillows seasonally, and thankfully Walmart Home has an awesome selection for great prices!  I was able to find this beautiful bold turquoise color to layer with some fun yellow patterned pillows!  Not only do they look great but the prices were unbelievable! Oh and I’m pretty sure I’ll even be able to use them moving into fall! #winwin

Summer Tablescape



Finishing touches

To wrap everything up, I just added some plants around the table and the areas we’d be hanging out to give it more of that summer/resort feel!  I found these awesome sea grass baskets that were perfect for my summer tablescape vibe.  So I put some of my existing plants inside them and then threw out some colorful beach towels for the kids and guests, and that’s it!! It all came together super easy, and I think it turned out beautifully!!



This might be one of my favorite tablescapes to date!  It was just so easy and affordable; not to mention the bright bold colors just make me so happy!  I’d love to know what you guys think in the comments below!  Please share!  And if you use any of these ideas for inspiration for your summer gathering, please make sure to let me know!  I love seeing your beautiful ideas!

Talk soon buddies!

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