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Casual Tablescape for Spring and Summer

Ready for laid back entertaining? Create a casual tablescape with affordable decor staples you can use throughout the seasons!

Casual Tablescape for Spring and Summer | neutral dining room, board and batten, black dining chairs

Hi friends! I haven’t shared our dining room in such a long time, but finally got motivated to style a spring/summer casual tablescape! This would have been a perfect look for Easter (oops!) but will also carry you through Mother’s Day, and the many summer holidays ahead. You could easily swap out the stoneware plates for melamine and recreate this look outdoors, too. I’ll share all of my sources and a few styling tips below!

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Gather Your Tablescape Staples

Casual Tablescape for Spring and Summer | neutral dining room, board and batten, black dining chairs
tables cape staples: dinner and salad plates, cloth napkins, flatware, centerpiece

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When it comes to styling a casual tablescape, it is best to use basics that you can repurpose year round! Since I am still working on my collection, I recently purchased these stoneware dishes from Studio McGee’s line for Target. I love the chunky, organic look and know I will use them for years to come. In fact, my cloth napkins and bread board are also from the same line–it’s all so good! As for flatware, gold is beautiful but I have yet to invest in a set, so I sometimes use plastic cutlery to achieve the same style. Before you begin, gather your favorite pieces:

  • Dishes (any kind)
  • Flatware (mine is plastic!)
  • Napkins (cloth or paper)
  • Chargers, table runner, and/or placemats
  • Centerpieces items such as a vase, florals, candlesticks, tray, bread board, etc

Casual Centerpiece

neutral arrangement with greenery sitting on bread board
setting the table
tables cape with centerpiece

They key for a centerpiece is to create a focal point and to add height to the overall design. Here I used a bread board (similar) to ground the look and then styled a simple bouquet. Grocery stores are a great place to find affordable fresh florals and are my usual routine. This time, I decided to treat myself to a Farmgirl Flowers bouquet just because 🙂 I often send them as gifts and decided to order one while planning this post. Other times, I have used faux greenery in a large vase or planter to make a statement.

Casual Place Settings

close up of plate charge, dinner plate, salad plate, and cloth napkin
tablescape with cube storage in the background

There is something so comforting about place settings, since you really can’t go wrong with a napkin, salad plate, dinner plate, and charger (or tablecloth/runner). I received my fluted gold chargers as a gift several years ago and use them for almost every tablescape! They are not currently available to order online but I found a very similar option HERE if you love them too. As for the napkins, I do not have napkin rings so I simply rolled and tied them with twine, which contributes to the casual look. I talked about my stoneware dishes above, but for outdoor dining you could use melamine plates!

And Enjoy!

Since it has been so long since I shared this space–and a whole year since my One Room Challenge reveal!–here are a few more photos…

wide view of tablescape
tablescape for spring summer
board and batten accent wall, wooden stool

This corner is one of my favorites with the stacked artwork and wooden stool. Ladybug sometimes sits on it wearing a princess dress and it is just the cutest!

Thanks for stopping by friends! Tell me, what is your favorite way to set your table for a casual gathering? Anything you always include that I did not? I would love to hear in the comments below! And if you are not following along on Instagram, head over there to see a reel of this space coming together! XO,

Caitlin | caitlinmariedesign.com
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