When we host a dinner, I always like to have a warm and inviting space for our guests to dine at whether that is inside or out. This means, putting a little extra time into creating a unique space for that dinner. When I set the dining room table, I like to have pieces that I can use for multiple seasons, while pulling in other elements to highlight the specific season. This summer has been a little lighter on the dinners we’ve hosted, but we finally hosted a cookout this past week and have the most perfect summer evening. And I just have to share the simple, yet beautiful table setting that anyone could pull together the next time you’re hosting some guests!
To make it easy while also making a statement, I like to start with a neutral color palette, and then add in some color/patterns paired with a decorative centerpiece. The last piece to top off your table centerpiece and really make guests feel welcomed is a bouquet of fresh flowers. This really made the table-setting pop with the fun colors of the limey-pink hydragengas – which I cut from our own yard! And fresh flowers outside are a nice, unexpected touch to most. With our outdoor dinners, I use a fun caddy to tote out silverware, salt and pepper and other condiments – this allows guests to grab what they need while make it not feel too formal. Ours is a white metal caddy with a handle so it’s supper easy to fill up and transport in and out!
Shop My Pieces: Indoor/Outdoor Tweed Placemats | Similar Plain Blue Napkins, set of 4 | White Napkins with Pom Pom Trim, set of 4 | Dinner Plates from Pottery Barn | Water Glasses from Pottery Barn | Similar Metal Flatware Caddy
The best part, is this can easily be translated inside for a great setting and paired with a different centerpiece elements to fit different seasons, weather it be spring or fall! I think the key to keeping it simple, is working with a lot of pieces you already have, whether they’re our more neutral pieces or our a little more fun pink pieces – this is one of the things I love to do, and helps make the evening feel effortless while still putting a little thought and personal touch on the space!