A Simple Summer Table


A couple months ago, Villeroy & Boch reached out to me with the opportunity to use some of their beautiful pieces in a post on summer entertaining. I've never owned nice china (most of our plates are ones I've collected from Ikea, Walmart, and Goodwill)--so I immediately said yes! I've been trying to embrace more colors that I used to shy away from (like orange) so I picked out their Anmut Orange Salad Plates. I had a bunch of ideas I wanted to do for this post, but I ran out of time to put together anything elaborate--so I just used some simple items I already had around the house. I realized that many of you are probably the same way. Maybe you're having some friends over for dinner, but you don't have time to run to the store and get anything fancy. Don't feel like it's a lost cause! I'll bet you already have plenty of items that you can dress up if you just put a little creativity into it.

A casual summer table with citrus

I put little clementine oranges at each place setting and pinned a leaf onto them. Then I wrote names on the leaves--a super simple idea for placecards.

A simple summer table

I love the ease of wipe clean tablecloths from Simply Tablecloths, and added an inexpensive table runner from a roll of painter's kraft paper. The color scheme was inspired by plates themselves: orange, white, and silver, with some green mixed in. Simple, summery, and fresh.

Add confetti to tin cans (just punch circles out of white printer's paper)

I rescued some tin cans from the recycling to use as cheap and casual vases. I've seen a lot of fun ideas with tin cans (painting them, wrapping them with fabric or yarn, etc.) but I wanted to do something different. I've been really loving confetti lately, so I got the idea to make confetti tin cans! I punched out two different sizes of circles from regular white printer paper, then I covered half the cans in glue and rolled them around in the paper circles. I love how they turned out, and it was so quick and easy! I sprinkled the remaining circles on the table runner.


For the flowers, I grabbed a bunch of greenery from my yard, then mixed in more clementines and some white flowers from the grocery store. $5 for all of them! I really like mixing fruit with flowers--it's such a budget-friendly way to add some color.

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Oranges and lace: a simple summer table

I also love mixing casual elements (like tin can vases and cans of soda) with luxury pieces like fine china and nice flatware.

Simple summer entertaining

The whole thing took me less than an half hour to set up. I love how cheap and simple all the ideas are, and the china plates add a layer of luxury to the otherwise laidback tablescape.

DIY confetti tin cans

Place setting with name written on leaf

Flowers in tin cans

What do you think of these ideas? I really like the confetti tin cans--it would be easy to make a bunch of these for a wedding (just start saving tin cans now)! Thanks to Villeroy & Boch for sending me these beautiful plates. I'm excited to use them more!

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  1. Posted by Jenn V. on Monday, August 12th, 2013

    Lovely table setting Aileen! The orange plates are pretty fabulous! :)
  2. Posted by DAWN on Monday, August 12th, 2013

    It;s beautiful. I love it.
  3. Posted by kelsey on Monday, August 12th, 2013

    this is so gorgeous! love the orange plates and the cut-outs
    kw ladies in navy
  4. Posted by Kerry on Monday, August 12th, 2013

    I'm loving orange lately, and with fall approaching - win/win!! Love the confetti cans idea, too!
    • Posted by Aileen on Monday, August 12th, 2013

      Thanks! I know, I think those plates will be pretty fabulous in the fall too :)
  5. Posted by chandra | ohlovelyday on Monday, August 12th, 2013

    I'm obsessed with those orange plates! and I've been doing a lot of DIY with tin cans lately myself (just spray painted a bunch for a baby shower next weekend!) but love the confetti idea. cute!
    • Posted by Aileen on Monday, August 12th, 2013

      Thanks Chandra! I really love the tin can trend. What could be better than a free material (or practically free, anyways)?
  6. Posted by Debbie on Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

  7. Posted by Sarah D on Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

    Love them! And of COURSE I Love the scabiosa!!!!!! :)
  8. Posted by Holly on Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

    First of all, the plates are fantastic!!! But OMG... those confetti tin cans are to die for!!! :) xoxox Holly
  9. Posted by Jules on Friday, June 9th, 2017

    BRILLIANT!! So stylish and easy. Love love love!