Looking for simple summer entertaining ideas? Be inspired to soak up the summer with your loved ones by this casually elegant summer outdoor dining table.
I want to be good at the art of slow living. Really. I do.
But I think it’s a little like humility (you know the saying: the moment you think you’ve achieved it, you’ve actually blown it?)… The very act of trying to master slow living often seems to negate it somehow.
I’m sure part of the problem is my natural tendency is to be a do-er, a scheduler, a planner, an over-achiever. But I can honestly say that this outdoor summer dining table somehow embodies what I want to capture this summer: slow, gracious, no-agenda living with the people I love.
If you’re visiting from Celebrating Everyday Life, welcome. I’m so excited to be joining Designthusiasm’s seasonal entertaining tour again, and I hope this post (and all the amazing posts linked at the bottom!) inspire you to enjoy entertaining this summer.
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As I mentioned, though, I’m drawn more and more (maybe it’s the four kids and busy spring schedule talking here, but…) to simple, slow life right now. In the summer, especially, I want the freedom of a slower pace, a true drinking in of the people I love and the beauty around me.
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So that is what I tried to capture here. You’ll notice I kept it so very simple. Just like my back porch this year, I started with some ferns and succulents in a simple copper canister. I had to cover our fire element on our table (don’t worry, it’s turned off 😉 … it’s too hot to actually use it in the summer anyway), but I’m enjoying the versatility of the table now.
We still have the string lights hanging from our umbrella (because string lights add so much ambiance), but I opted for some additional twinkling lights with candles as a centerpiece. I added hurricane glass as the evening wore on to keep the breeze from blowing them out.
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And that’s really it. I tried to remove distractions and set up a space that simple oozed simplicity, beauty, and an invitation to sit all night long.
What do you think? Could you join me out there to watch the sunset?
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Be sure to visit my sweet friend Annie at Zevy Joy for more amazing summer entertaining ideas. Her home (and her heart!) are so very welcoming and beautiful.