Summer Tablescape: Show Off Your Silver

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Silver tablescapes offer a traditional spin on summer entertaining. Let the quiet sheen of your favorite silver pieces sparkle in a softly elegant outdoor entertaining tablescape.

Charged Silver

Use polished silver plate chargers and servingware for a shining summer tablescape that will reflect the blue summer sky. On this table, the formal silver pieces are balanced with a casual, hand-picked centerpiece display of fresh produce. Silver tablescapes are always a good neutral when it comes to entertaining.

Shake up your entertaining game with these outdoor table settings.


Vintage Vessels

Use a variety of silver table decorations like urns, trophies, and serving pieces to create an antique centerpiece with collected character. This table enlists a silver pitcher, trophy, and vase to add dimension and height to the silver and white table settings. Place flowers or plants in and around the vessels for a natural touch.

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Casual Metal

Rather than opting for expensive silver pieces, use casual galvanized flower pots and buckets for garden-inspired summer table decoration ideas. While larger pots can hold plants for a centerpiece, smaller buckets can serve as a placeholder with small plants and garden stakes with guests names.

Candle Pedestals

Create an outdoor table centerpiece by using candlesticks of varied heights and styles as pedestals for a single fruit or vegetable. Bring candlelight down to table height with tea lights or votive candles. Leaves and stems add another visual element to the elegant tablescape.

Try these outdoor centerpiece ideas, too!

Ice Bucket Beauty

A vintage champagne bucket holds stems from the cutting garden in this table setting idea. Look for a bucket with delicate edging or etching for a fancier look. Or add a little secret glamour to your gardening chores by using it as a receptacle for garden tools or seed packets.

Cordial Place Cards

Give each place setting personality by using silver cordial glasses for individual floral arrangements. Use this table setting idea for a dinner party indoors or outdoors. Blend the elements: Use different cordials with the same flower, or fill a matched set with a mix of small summer buds.

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Serviceable Stack

Casually stack compotes and bowls as a pretty, casual centerpiece before filling them with piles of berries, vegetables, or bread and their dipping sauces or spreads. This bowl-and-pitcher combination gives fresh flowers and veggies a dynamic shape and height, while keeping the centerpiece contained.

Seasonal Place Cards

Adorn your summer table with silver seasonal place card holders that you buy or make yourself. On this table, songbirds with a wire clip make for a whimsical and summery set-up. Make your own with this simple table setting idea: spray paint small bird figures with silver spray paint, and stick bent wire into the top to hold name plates.

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Unconventional Vase

A silver pitcher acts as a cachepot for fresh vegetables. The patina of the most unlikely of vases, such as a biscuit box or sugar bowl, suits the soft muted colors of many fresh herbs and garden grows, such as lavender, sage, and rosemary.

Pretty Table Weight

A small pitcher or creamer becomes a tablecloth weight on windy summer days. Any piece with a handle will work: Try sugar bowls, tankards, or baby cups. Using a combination of pieces adds cute, collected flair to any summer table.

Combo Platter

A tray or footed vegetable dish holds a collection of small potted plants. Layering trays with ornate edges adds extra texture to the table. This easy silver table decoration idea results in another element of garden beauty that can be enjoyed daily.

Laidback Combo

Combine vintage, sterling, plate, and hotel silver for this silver table setting idea. Freely mix patterns. The naturally ornate quality of silver adds richness to the table and complements any style of dinnerware, like casual or porcelain.

Make your own metallic accents for your table.

A Forkful of Style

Dessert forks become identifiers for a cheese plate with handwritten cards intertwined through the tines. Use matching forks or collect a variety of patterns and sizes for a more whimsical look. Use this idea to label salads and desserts as well.

Chill Out

The oval shape of this ornate champagne bucket easily accommodates a narrow table and adds glamorous flair to any floral centerpiece. Using silver items in an unexpected way adds instant interest to a tablescape.

Multipurpose Silver

A hodgepodge collection of old silver serving pieces, such as cranberry spoons, pickle forks, and fish servers, does double duty for whatever serving function you see fit. They'll easily serve relishes or spear barbecued chicken. Escargot tongs can grab big summer strawberries, and asparagus servers aren't limited to picking up those long spears. An old cup cradles your selection.

Silver Seascape

Create a beach-themed tablescape with a bit of silver sparkle to mimic shimmering sand and shells. Create a stylish seashell centerpiece by spraying a few with silver spray paint and mixing them in with natural shells. Use silver utensils to finish the tablescape.

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