Late Summer Outdoor Tablescape {It’s All Set}

How could it be possibly be mid-August already? 

My summer has been a blur!  I know I have sounded like a broken record all year — continually questioning the onset of each day, week, and month.  Time is flying by way too quickly and I feel like I am never caught up.  Can you relate? 

Here we are, however, getting closer and closer to September and that means that it’s time for another installment of “It’s All Set”, the monthly tablescape series.  It’s one of my favorite times of the month because some of my favorite bloggers and I are bringing you inspiring ideas for creating pretty table settings each month of the year.

It's All Set - Monthly Tablescape Inspiration

Now that it’s mid-August, I’m creating my take on a late summer outdoor tablescape.

creating a late summer tablescape

If you are following our “It’s All Set” series, you know that I like to keep things pretty simple. 

I am deep in the heart of the taxi-driving phase of motherhood so that means I have little time for frills.  I want quick and easy — especially when entertaining guests.

late summer outdoor tablescape

However, don’t be fooled.  Just because you have a short amount of time doesn’t mean you can’t have a pretty table.

sunflowers and apples summer tablescape

I bought some paper napkins and two small bunches of sunflowers at the grocery store.  I cut the flowers down to fit in my green Ball jars, then layered simple white plates on faux wood chargers with the paper napkins.

white plates and wooden chargers

Round placemats would be best on my oval table, but I already had the rectangular ones so I just made do.  Why run around town looking for the perfect thing when you’re trying to squeeze the last bits of fun out of the lazy days of summer?

late summer table with apples

By the way, the apple on top of each plate is a nod to the start of the school year.  (Don’t tell my kids!)  

Now, let’s see what my friends are sharing!

It's All Set - Monthly Tablescape Inspiration

I hope you’ll visit each post to see their inspiring tables:


tablescape by Designthusiasm


Stone Gable



 The Enchanted Home


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7 Responses to Late Summer Outdoor Tablescape {It’s All Set}

  1. Cecilia says:

    How pretty! I love that it’s fast and easy too. I completely get the time is going by fast thing. I cannot wrap my head around that we are already in mid-August. Yikes, Christmas will be here before we know it!
    Enjoy your last days of Summer!

  2. Cindy says:

    Very pretty, the sunflowers in the green jars are fitting. Sunflowers are so happy. I had a feeling about the apples, shhh I won’t tell the kids.


  3. Hi Julie, You are so right about quick and pretty! I love the sunflowers and the apples! And you are so smart to use those gorgeous paper napkins! They brighten up the whole table. Enjoy your “taxi driver” times. Your car will be empty before you know it!

  4. Love the simple elegance of this table, Julie!! Love the clear bright primaries of the red apple, blue napkins, and yellow sunflowers, all mixed with the pop of the green jars and set against the white and neutral underpinning… 🙂 Lovely! And yes, I caught the apple reference because that’s one of my favorite icons this time of year!!

  5. Lisa says:

    Simple but very pretty! I love that you used sunflowers. They are so happy looking they make me smile.;-)

  6. I have this new weird obsession with table settings that I just can’t explain. I’m trying to put some stuff together, but really have absolutely no reason to. We rarely sit down at our table, or any table other than our island. Maybe having a pretty table would be reason to?? Paper plates and plastic forks don’t make for pretty…

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