Gathering at a Summer Table



It seems like there is a never ending debate about dining rooms.  Many people feel they are not necessary if you are only going to use them for holidays and special occasions.  Other people keep them very formal and they are used even less than that.  Some people don’t have them and some people eat in them nearly every day.



We tend to go through spurts of using ours a lot and then not so much.  No matter how much I use it though, I love our dining room.  Our “happy rug“, our gray but still blue wall color (Sherwin Williams Argos) and our vintage table bought through the newspaper (before there was Craig’s Lists) all make it one of the happiest spaces in our home.


Decorating-with-Summer-Flowers copy


The weather this summer has been so weird that we have not made it outside for meals so I pulled together a summer table for inside using several items from our shop.

And as usual, I kept things simple for set-up and clean-up.

I started with a paper runner that can just be thrown away (or recycled!) when done.  I love this pattern and will use it for many more things than a table runner.  Plus, it is fifty feet long so it will last a long time.  I used my simple white plates (Mikasa) that go right in the dishwasher but then dressed them up a little bit with cloth napkins.  I always make sure they can easily be thrown in the washing machine so they are not too complicated.  I just used a stapler and some paper tape to make a napkin ring.




I also used chalkboard placemats and place cards.  They are pretty versatile to work with and go casual or more formal depending on your set up.  I will also be using the place cards as food markers on our buffets this summer as well.




One of my favorite things for the summer line for your table is the nearly unbreakable drinkware.  They are hefty and solid like a regular drinking glass, but they are made of a FDA approved polymer that won’t break.  Plus, they are dishwasher and microwave safe and made in the USA.  I know, I am gushing, but I really really love these.  They come in the white or clear stemless and the white champagne style that I used as a vase here but are perfect for summer cocktails.

And one more gush – we have had the clear ones for over year and use them a ton.  They have been in and out of the dishwasher and look great.  These will be with me for a long time and I will no longer be buying the discount store plastic glasses that only last one season.  Okay, I am done gushing now.




Oh, and you can also find the most adorable salt and pepper shaker set ever in our shop!

I had so much putting together this table with items from our shop.   So many times when I have done this in the past, I have gotten emails and comments asking me where I got this or that.  Now, I tried to make it as easy as possible sharing things that I love and would use myself in our home.  You can find lots of other fun ideas for your home in our shop as well.

Thanks so much for reading and have a great day!




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11 thoughts on “Gathering at a Summer Table”


  1. I’m in LOVE with the table runner and glasses! Well…and the rest of the dining room too. 🙂 ours doesn’t get used very often, so I’m drafting a plan to turn it into a hybrid room so it can be used for more than dining. Have a great week, Laura!

  2. Looks WONDERFUL!! Love it all…especially the black and white stripe, the precious salt and pepper shakers, and those marvelous glasses…well everything. 🙂 Your Mikasa is the exact same pattern we got when we married forever ago. Brings back soooo many memories. Super cute job!

  3. When I was growing up we had an eat-in kitchen that we ate at for all our meals and had a livingroom/diningroom that we had for guests or special occasions. But after the 3 of us kids were grown, we were too big for the kitchen table with a dinner/supper lay out, since most of our meals were served at the table. We moved into the dining table after that. It was, honestly, only a few more steps to it from the kitchen.

    Now, however, my house has only an eat in kitchen and since we aren’t a family, but single women with different interests, we tend to eat at our desks, either watching something on the TV in our spaces or on the computer.

    If I had married and had children, we’d’ve eaten at a table with no TV allowed like when I was a child, I think it makes for a more rounded child and person.

  4. What a lovely space! Love the neutral but eye-catching design of this table – everything pairs together so well! I also especially love that old weathered door in the corner – what a fun accent piece!

  5. I love how you styled this table! The green + white + black stripes combo is awesome, and those flowers are lovely. Found you at Monday Funday.

  6. Laura –

    Your dining room is beautiful! I have to say that we love to use ours! We have a young daughter and we thing it is so important to encourage her to not center her life around the tv. Lord knows we watch enough of it as it is. I have recently started a new link up party with a couple of other amazing bloggers and we would love to have you stop by and link with us. The party gets started tonight at 7pm CST.
    I hope to see you there!