Table setting ideas to make the summer feeling last and last

Planning your next dinner party and need inspiration? Why not bring the sunshine to your table with the help of some fun crockery, patterned textiles and coloured glassware?

These bold and bright table setting ideas are perfect for making the summer feeling last – whether you’re planning a big gathering outdoors or an intimate family dinner.

colourful table setting ideas with striped linen and green crockery
Majorca stripe woven linen tablecloth, £125, Antipodream.

Some of our favourite tableware trends this season include striped tablecloths, citrus-shaped plates and bowls and textured drinkware. And – the best bit – these products can all be mixed and matched to create a personal yet vibrant scheme for indoors and out.

fruit and vegetable themed crockery
Grapefruit plates, £45, for a set of four; Grapefruit bowls, £45 for a set of four; Small fig bowl, £12, and Green cabbage bowl, £22, all from Rockett St George.

We’ve got ideas for everyone, no matter if you’re a maximalist or prefer a more pared-back setup.

If you’re more of a minimalist, why not opt for organic plates and serving bowls, neutral linen napkins, and fluted glassware? And, if you’re a lover of colour, there are so many ways to achieve a mood-boosting look using summer-themed tableware – from patterned textiles and luxurious cocktail glasses to lemon-shaped plates.

Let’s dive in…

white dinner set
Malmo white teardrop dinner set, £139 for a 16 piece set, ProCook.

Table setting ideas:

Fun and colourful tableware

pink and flamingo tumblers
Sienna plastic picnic tumblers, £16 for a set of four, Next.
lemon plates and blue glasses on summer table
Lemon Grove plates, £69 for a set of four, Truffle Tablescapes. Photography: Grant Anderson.
lemon themed table setting idea
Amalfi Lemons round placemats, £55 for a set of six; Sicilian Lemons jug, £45; Sicilian Lemons plate, £30, and Fruit napkin ring holders, £42 for a set of four, Rose & Grey.
Blue plates and cups on rustic table
Collection One Ink Blue Hibiscus plate 26.5cm, £28, Burleigh.
colourful outdoor table setting
Sur La Table Blue glass tumblers, £18 for a set of two, and Bamboo salad bowl, £25, Pure Table Top.

Pared-back table setting ideas

simple and neutral dining setup
Shell bowl, £18, and Footed shell bowl, £18, Layered Lounge.
designer glassware
 Glass Stem Zero delicate white wine glass, £49, and Glass Stem Zero Volcano set of two glasses, £49, Nude.
pink and neutral dinner set
Perlemor summer collection, £25.90 for the Sand flat plate, Villeroy & Boch.
simple tablescaping ideas
Dine Collection Serving bowl, £65; Pasta bowls, £75 for a set of four, and Oil and vinegar set and oak stand, £63, LSA International.

Patterned napkins and tablecloths

tablescape with grey crockery, gingham and check placemats and napkins
Leckford jug, £22; Leckford teapot, £25; Leckford butter dish, £14; Leckford egg cup, £4.75; Check placemats, £14 for a set of two, and Gingham napkins, £12 for a set of two, all from John Lewis.
lemon summer napkins on white plates
Summer Lemons napkins, £22 for a pair, Avalon Home.
summer table setting with check napkin and blue plates
Warm Blue gingham linen napkin, £39 for a set of four, Piglet in Bed.
striped placemats with colourful tableware
Sintra recycled cotton striped napkin and placemat set in blue, £6.50, Dexam.

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