Hello friends! Today is an exciting day–I am honored to be a part of a summer tablescape tour hosted by my sweet friend Alicia from A Burst of Beautiful. Today I am sharing a simple tablescape I designed using fresh fruit and florals, all found at my local grocery store. Creamy hydrangeas and bellflowers take center stage on this summer table while simple white dishes, a casual runner, and Bosc pears fill out the table for a warm and welcoming space. I also painted our dining room light blue recently, so this is the reveal. Check out the links at the bottom of this post for more summer tablescape inspiration!

If you are new to Caitlin Marie Design, welcome. I love simple, budget-friendly style and cultivating a cozy home for our family. You can read about the blog here, and see our coastal-inspired spring home tour here!

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Simple Summer Table Decor

Simple Summer Tablescape | hydrangeas, pears, coastal farmhouse, blue dining room, minimalist abstract art, black dining chairs
Simple Summer Tablescape | hydrangeas, pears, coastal farmhouse, blue dining room, minimalist abstract art, black dining chairs


I don’t know about you, but this time of year I am especially ready for simplicity. May is a busy month, and before you know it, summer will be upon us! Rather than planning an elaborate table, I decided to gather my staples. The table “runner” is actually a Turkish towel, and the dishes are melamine–perfect for a summery lunch with littles. I love these plates and bowls because they have a speckled, stoneware look.

White Hydrangeas for a Summer Tablescape

Simple Summer Tablescape | hydrangeas, pears, coastal farmhouse, blue dining room, minimalist abstract art, black dining chairs
Simple Summer Tablescape | hydrangeas, pears, coastal farmhouse, blue dining room, minimalist abstract art, black dining chairs

This was my first time styling hydrangeas! Their creamy, delicate petals are so summery. I added depth with greenery, berries, and a few bellflowers. If you are new to hydrangeas as well: I learned that they need a lot of water! Mine began to look wilted about a day after I brought them home, and I realized that they had drank every last drop. Thankfully, they perked back up after I replenished the water.

Tip: Place cups or mason jars inside of large stoneware vases to help style your flowers and protect your vase!

Light Blue Accent Wall in the Dining Room

Simple Summer Tablescape | hydrangeas, pears, coastal farmhouse, blue dining room, minimalist abstract art, black dining chairs
Simple Summer Tablescape | hydrangeas, pears, coastal farmhouse, blue dining room, minimalist abstract art, black dining chairs

Related: See more Room Makeovers and Reveals

If you follow along on Instagram, you’ll know that I’ve been working hard repainting our walls. We built our home a few years ago and it came with flat paint that was not holding up well! For our open concept downstairs, I have used white almost everywhere, but wanted the dining room to have an accent wall. I ended up choosing French Colony by Behr, and love how it turned out! See the dining room before here.

The minimalist abstract art was a Homegoods find and unfortunately is not available online. Here are some similar options:

Simple Summer Tablescape | hydrangeas, pears, coastal farmhouse, blue dining room, minimalist abstract art, black dining chairs
Simple Summer Tablescape | coastal farmhouse dining room, wood frame club chair, modern accent chair, snake plant, boho decor

Honesty time, this corner usually houses my son’s picnic table and toddler piano! But I moved one of my accent chairs in here to pretty things up.

The striped pillow is from a recent collaboration I did with Aloe Place Studio. Heather sent me three beautiful pillow covers which you can see styled in our living room here!

Summer Tablescape with Fluted Gold Chargers

Simple Summer Tablescape | hydrangeas, pears, coastal farmhouse, blue dining room, minimalist abstract art, black dining chairs
Simple Summer Tablescape | hydrangeas, pears, coastal farmhouse, blue dining room, minimalist abstract art, black dining chairs

To set the table, I used my favorite gold fluted chargers, blue cloth napkins, and gold flatware. Shhh: it is plastic as well! I would love to have some pretty gold flatware someday, but for now I created the look on a budget.

I hope you enjoyed this simple summer tablescape! Be sure to visit all of the lovely ladies below for more summer inspiration.

A Burst of Beautiful | Amber Tysl | Sincerely, Marie Designs | Clean and Scentsible

Maison de Cinq | Town and Country | The Happy Happy Nester | Anderson + Grant

My Sweet Savannah | Finding Silver Pennies | Taryn Whiteaker | The Wicker House

Shabbyfufu | She Holds Dearly | The Handmade Home | Caitlin Marie Design

Paint Me Pink | Rooms FOR Rent | Summer Adams

What is your favorite way to decorate for summertime? Leave me a comment below, and have a bright day friends!

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  1. Wow Caitlin this is so gorgeous! Calming & serene, pretty & welcoming; you have the touch!
    Sharon @houseonheatherfield

    1. Sharon, thank you so much for dropping by! 🙂

  2. I absolutely love this vase! So beautiful!

    1. Thank you! It was a great Homegoods find, wish I could link it!

  3. I’m in love with the simplicity, minimalism and beauty of your summer tablescape. Hydrangeas are lovely and they’re the perfect choice for summer. The whole scenery looks so casual, yet so wonderful at the same time. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Katarina, thank you so much for the sweet comment! I love the combination of elegant and casual. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

    1. Ashley, thanks so much!

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