Bright & Cheery Summer Tablescape

We’ve had a lot of rain this summer here in the Southeast.  In fact it hasn’t really seemed like summer much at all.

I’m not complaining as summer’s heat is not something that I enjoy, though the masses of mosquitos do need to go away.

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After multiple days of dreary rain and storms here in Georgia, and the excitement of Audley being home from working in Savannah, I decided we need a little cheery color to help make Sunday dinner cheery and bright for our little family.

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Our table is always set with the basic plate, fork, napkin, and glass when we eat, but sometimes family dinner deserves to be elevated.  It’s a great reminder to your kids and husband that they are special and even dinner at home calls for pretty and fun from time-to-time!

All the white in the blogosphere right now is pretty, but it’s repetitive and boring.  I love color and try to incorporate lots of it (within reason of course) all through our lifestyle! Color is a sure mood booster!

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For this colorful tabletop I incorporated lime, red and blue.  I also used items that are kept on-hand for use throughout several seasons or celebrations in a year.  It sure keeps the clutter down when you have items that can be used in a multiple of ways.

The plates are Royal Warwick,  Lochs of Scotland Blue.  I love this vintage patterned plate, how versitle it can be and it can be used in just about every season as well as mixed up with other blue patterns for a unique table setting!   You can see another setting I did back in the fall using the same plates here.

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I added lime napkins that were found in a shop on St Simons Island secured with BH&G napkin rings.  The red silverware is something I love having as it is useful for themed celebrations from Christmas to Patriotic days and any day in-between!

The cobalt blue glasses are a bright finishing touch to the place-setting.  I found these gems at Steve Mckenzie’s awesome shop in Atlanta.

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Flowers are the perfect accent to any tabletop.  You don’t have to spend a lot if money on them.  I love going to Costco and shopping their flowers as well as hitting up Trader Joe’s or Whole Food’s Market.  Normally I would stick to a short display, because it makes it easier for conversation, but I just love all the color in this arrangement!

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We will just remove it when the food is served anyway!

I had never visited an IKEA until we moved to Atlanta, but we have found some fun buys there!  The lime votive candles were a 4 for a $1 purchase, so I stocked up for use throughout a couple of seasons.

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The red lanterns were just the perfect finishing touch.  These were picked up at a yard sale several years ago and are another of those items I keep around for use through multiple seasons.

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On the menu is tarragon lemon chicken with mini potatoes and asparagus.  Simple yet delicious and totally worthy of an elevated table setting!

I would love to hear your favorite ways to set a table!  Are you a fan of the “white” trend or do you just adore color?

Have a fabulous holiday weekend!

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