4 DIY Summer Tablescapes Ideas for your summer soirée

Yes, it's officially summer! Our favorite time of the year. And this can only mean one thing: time for summer entertaining and the joys of warm-weather gatherings. Whether it's a sea-inspired backyard barbecue, a laid-back garden party, colorful cocktails on the patio, or a floral alfresco dinner under the stars, this season invites us to take in the beauty of the outdoors.

As we prepare to host a summer filled with memorable days and nights, we're not just planning parties, but creating unforgettable moments that capture the summer's vibrant colors and relaxed vibe. And to inspire you, we've drawn upon the creative minds of our team at CURIOSA CABINET, and compiled our best tips for setting the stage (or table) for your next dreamy summer soirée.

But, we understand that planning such an outdoor gathering can bring its own stresses, especially for the host. That's why we've put together tips for chic, picture-perfect summer tablescapes. From the perfect place settings to eye-catching tableware, these well-thought-out details can help ease the stress and allow you to focus on what truly matters — creating a space for shared joy, laughter, and lasting memories.

So, time to fire up the barbecue or perhaps place that catering order (no judgment here). We're excited to share our 4 DIY summer tablescape ideas that are not only stunning but also perfectly capture the essence of the season. Prepare to impress and charm your guests as you take your summer entertaining to the next level.

Embrace the summer breeze, and indulge in the glow of the setting sun as the buzz, the laughter, and the clinking of glasses fill the warm summer air. It's time to celebrate the season.

 

A Sea-Inspired Backyard BBQ

 

Get ready to transform your backyard into a coastal paradise with this beach-inspired tablescape. Begin by laying out a neutral tablecloth or runner, setting the stage for your breezy, ocean-side table. Instead of the traditional seashells and sand, opt for a Oval Iron Palm Tree Tray or a Ceramic Palm Tree Salad Bowl, evoking an image of sandy beaches lined with whispering palms.

Les Ottomans

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Oval iron Palm Tray
€99,00

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Ceramic Palm Salad Bowl
€69,00

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When it comes to your place settings, go for a clever mix of neutral tones, a blend of blue & white, and warm coral hues, mirroring the hues of the sea. Adding subtle metallic accents can really elevate your beachy tablescape. Consider gold or brass elements, like this brass Coral Bowl, or brass cutlery to add a touch of sophistication. Or place this ceramic octopus centerpiece or this ceramic lobster centerpiece as a unique talking point and surround it with seashells for that beachy feel. These finishing touches will take your tablescape from simply beachy to luxurious coastal dining.

Brass Bowl

JONATHAN ADLER
Coral Brass Bowl
€815,00

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LES OTTOMANS
Porcelain Serving Bowl
€215,00

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COLLECTION
Blue Ceramic Octopus
€69,00

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Large Lobster

COLLECTION
Large ceramic lobster centerpiece
€99,00

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OUR SIGNATURE STYLING TRICK: To add a personal touch, consider writing your guests' names on small, clean oyster shells as place cards. This extra detail shows your thoughtfulness and ties in the theme seamlessly. 


A Laid-back Garden Party


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Who doesn't love a garden party? Impress your guests with this effortlessly stylish tablescape. Begin by laying out this stunning, hand-painted turquoise tablecloth from Les Ottomans and add a centerpiece of fresh fruit, such as lemons and limes, in a clear glass vase. This not only adds a pop of color but also a refreshing scent to the table. Surround the centerpiece with small sunflower arrangements in coordinating colors. 

Les Ottomans

LES OTTOMANS
Hand-painted turquoise Tablecloth
€139,95

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Blue & White Ceramic Vase
€129,00

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Combine this with a display of Lemon Candles from Les Ottomans at various heights, to add a sense of depth to your table. Add a pop of color with a oval iron tray with lemons. And no summer soirée would be complete without a cooling cocktail. Serve up your favorite refreshing summer mix in our elegant vintage champagne coupes, their crystal-clear design beautifully reflecting the summer sunlight. This tablescape is perfect for a casual summer gathering or a garden party and is sure to wow your guests with its vibrant and cheerful atmosphere.

Lemon Candle

LES OTTOMANS
Large Lemon Candle
€95,00

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Medium Lemon Candle
€69,00

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Champagne coupes

COLLECTION
Vintage Champagne Coupes
€229,00

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LES OTTOMANS
Oval iron tray - handpainted
€99,00

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OUR SIGNATURE STYLING TRICK: The trick to creating a vibrant yet cohesive tablescape is balancing bold and neutral hues. Allow your bold pieces like the hand-painted tablecloth, sunflower-filled vase, and lemon candles to command attention, but balance them with neutral elements, like the vintage champagne coupes and white ceramic plates. This balance allows the eye to travel around the table easily, appreciating each item without overwhelming the senses. 

 

Colorful Cocktails on the Patio


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Dazzling drinks, gleaming glassware, and some quirky details are the perfect elements for your next cocktail soiree. Begin with this shiny gold tablecloth adorned with eyes as your backdrop and serve canapés on this colorful Peony enameled tray by Boncoeurs, adding to the visual feast. Add some unconventional items, like these solid brass candle holders or these quirky Jonathan Adler Eden coasters for an element of fun, and pour refreshing drinks from this vintage pink pitcher into matching glasses.

Perfect for a laid-back patio party or a festive outdoor celebration, this tablescape is both cheerful and unique and will guarantee an evening of delightful refreshment and visual pleasure.

Les Ottomans

LES OTTOMANS
Gold Tablecloth with Eyes
€160,00

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Peony enameled tray

BONCOEURS
Enameled Peony Tray
€95,00

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Eden Coasters

JONATHAN ADLER
Eden Coasters
€115,00

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Vintage Pink Pitcher and Glass

VINTAGE
Vintage Pink Pitcher and Glasses
€95,00

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Add for that extra 'wow' factor, consider an eye-catching centerpiece. Whether it's a gorgeous vase for a tight bouquet of roses, a decorative sculpture, or a dramatic floral arrangement, it will act as the star of the table and start conversations. With this Curiosa Cabinet tablescape, you're not just hosting a party - you're creating an unforgettable experience.

Large decorative pine cone

AGATA TREASURES
Decorative Pine Cone
€99,00

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White and Blue vase with brass details

COLLECTION
White and Blue Vase
€249,00

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OUR SIGNATURE STYLING TRICK: Don't shy away from the unexpected. Introduce a striking centerpiece or an unusual item, to spark conversation and add a memorable twist to your soirée. It's these personal and playful touches that turn a regular gathering into an unforgettable event.


A Floral Alfresco Dinner Party


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Delight your guests with a floral dinner under the stars. Begin with this charming cotton pink triangle tablecloth with palm trees, setting the tone for a delightful evening.

Add candle holders, to subtly illuminate the table, and add a touch of whimsy with a palm tree cake stand. Create a lively centerpiece, with a selection of summer blooms like dahlias, hydrangeas, and sunflowers, and place them in an unexpected item, like this ceramic floral jug by Les Ottomans. Serve your culinary creations on a beautiful tray for an extra touch that complements the theme.

Les Ottomans

LES OTTOMANS
Pink Triangle and Palm Tablecloth
€160,00

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Les Ottomans
Ceramic palm tree cake stand
€239,00

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Ceramic Floral Jug

LES OTTOMANS
Ceramic Floral Jug
€149,00

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Enameled Palm Tree Tray

Les Ottomans
Iron Palm Tree Tray
€119,00

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OUR SIGNATURE STYLING TRICK: Don't just stick to one type of flower for your centerpiece. Combine different shapes, colors, and sizes to create a lush, vibrant arrangement that adds depth and texture to your tablescape. And remember, the beauty lies in the imperfection - an organic, slightly disheveled look can have a more powerful impact than a perfectly composed one.


About Curiosa Cabinet


The CURIOSA CABINET collection is eclectic, fun, always original, unexpected, and sophisticated at the same time. Something you won't find in every store. Invaluable treasures, that most of the time we secretly want to keep to ourselves. Each piece in our collection is a conversation starter. Items that tell a story. Stories that add that extra touch of character and originality to any space.

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