Hosting a Summer Dinner Party

Summer Dinner Party

Today, I am happy to share how I set up my outdoor table for a summer dinner party. I used items from the new David Tutera Casual Elegance collection now available exclusively at Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores to create the perfect backyard table. This collection is merchandised under bridal, but can be used for so many other things! It’s a bit rustic with burlap, has a timeless charm with lace accents, but plays current and modern. For weddings there are votive wrappings, bouquet wraps, table cards and so much more.  It has a vintage feel but you can customize each piece to suit your tastes. It is so versatile. I can see it used at a bridal shower, a baby shower, a birthday party, or as seen here a summer dinner party.

I just love to have friends over in the summer. Beautiful weather is a great excuse to throw a party, don’t you agree?

Here’s what I used to create my beautiful summer tablescape:

• a burlap table runner

• craft paint + paint sponges

• mason jars + votives

• David Tutera Chalkboard Stakes

• David Tutera Hemp Cord + David Tutera Paper Lanterns

• David Tutera Burlap Ribbon + Burlap Flowers

• David Tutera Metal Buckets + David Tutera Paper Straws

* You will want scissors, masking tape or painter’s tape, and fabric glue on hand also.

My white tablecloth was a little boring, so I opted to add in some color with a painted burlap table runner. I love pinks and oranges for summer this year, so I painted stripes on a plain burlap table runner that you can pick up at any craft store.

burlap table runner

Prep your workspace. Since paint will bleed through burlap, you want to cover your surface first. I just used old newspapers and taped my runner in place. I also ironed it on a low setting to get all the fold lines out before I started.

ironing burlap

Now’s time to paint! I taped off my stripes with masking tape and used a sponge to blot my paint onto the burlap. I peeled the tape off right away for clean lines.

painting burlap

Now it’s time to dress the table. I used mason jars of all different sizes to hold my flowers and votives.

burlap wrapped jars

I wrapped the jars in the David Tutera burlap ribbon and it is attached with just a little dab of fabric glue. I wove the David Tutera burlap flowers in the ribbon and placed a few in my floral arrangement as fillers.

mason jar vases and votive holders For the table settings, I just kept it simple and potted some succulents from my garden in the David Tutera metal buckets. For place cards, I used the David Tutera small chalkboard stakes in each pot.

paper straws

For added fun, I added the paper straws to the water glasses. I love striped paper straws, don’t you?

Next to the table I set up a little serving station. Here everyone can grab utensils and drinks. I wanted a keep it casual and not too structured. I used the David Tutera Paper lanterns here. They provide a nice backdrop and a little extra light when the sun goes down. These painted branches are a fun way to hang the lanterns when you don’t have trees or a covered patio. I used the David Tutera Hemp Cord to hang them.

paper lanterns 2

Our boring table is now a beautiful place to entertain our friends for a little summer fun! Here’s some shots we took before our guests came over. Enjoy!

chalkboard stakes 2

outdoor party

water garden

summer entertaining

summer party 3

fire by outdoor table

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This is a sponsored post for David Tutera Casual Elegance. All products received were given for that purpose. All opinions are 100% mine.


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48 Comments on Hosting a Summer Dinner Party

  1. Steph
    July 15, 2013 at 7:34 am (1 year ago)

    This is absolutely beautiful!! I’m a big fan of the rustic look, it’s actually the theme for my wedding next May :) the pink and orange is so fun, especially mixed with the more natural elements. I have those same pillows too!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 15, 2013 at 8:28 am (1 year ago)

      Aren’t those pillows great! I couldn’t believe the price! Congrats on the wedding and have fun with all the planning :) xo Kristin

      Reply
  2. Christie O. {Mountainside Bride}
    July 15, 2013 at 7:44 am (1 year ago)

    This is fabulous, through and through! I love it that this collection isn’t too “weddingy” and that you can use it for home entertainment :-)

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 15, 2013 at 8:29 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much Christine :) There are so many items from this collection to play with! I may have to do another post ;) xo Kristin

      Reply
  3. thesisterslice
    July 15, 2013 at 7:46 am (1 year ago)

    That is a party I would like to attend!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 15, 2013 at 8:29 am (1 year ago)

      You would be my guest of honor my dear ;) xo K

      Reply
  4. Jayne
    July 15, 2013 at 7:47 am (1 year ago)

    This is such an inviting table, beautifully done!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 15, 2013 at 8:29 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much Jayne :) xo Kristin

      Reply
  5. cassie
    July 15, 2013 at 8:38 am (1 year ago)

    such a bright and happy setting, kristin! i am on my way over!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 15, 2013 at 9:51 am (1 year ago)

      I will pour you a glass of red ;) xo K

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  6. Brandi
    July 15, 2013 at 8:44 am (1 year ago)

    So many GREAT ideas here! Love the way you decorated the table. You have the perfect yard for entertaining. Great job putting this all together.

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 15, 2013 at 9:51 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks Brandi :) We enjoyed it! xo Kristin

      Reply
  7. Julia @cuckoo4design
    July 15, 2013 at 8:47 am (1 year ago)

    Yeah baby, pink and orange ;) You know it’s right down my alley right now. Such a pretty table setting and I also love your little firepit.

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 15, 2013 at 9:51 am (1 year ago)

      I can’t get enough of it right now either ;) Thanks J :) xo K

      Reply
  8. marlin
    July 15, 2013 at 8:49 am (1 year ago)

    Your summer table looks stunning ! I really like the colors theme. I used this colors for my wedding flowers 5 years ago. Great job and well done :)

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 15, 2013 at 9:52 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much Marlin :) That would be sooo pretty for a wedding! xo Kristin

      Reply
  9. now at home mom
    July 15, 2013 at 9:27 am (1 year ago)

    It’s gorgeous Kristin! :-) WOW! loving all the colors; pink: my favourite; so feminine and happy! :-) I love everything Kristin and glad you had a great summer party and I’m sure you will have many more in that space! love the burlap, I just used them with mason jars as well too! :-)

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 15, 2013 at 9:53 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks Ingrid :) Burlap is so versatile. It is rustic, but I think with the right colors and accessories it can play bohemian and not too crafty ;) xo Kristin

      Reply
  10. bdsbrown1
    July 15, 2013 at 9:56 am (1 year ago)

    I am in love with the flexibility of burlap! Thank you for giving me new ideas. Lovely tablescape.

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 15, 2013 at 10:44 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much! There are so many fun things you can do with it :) xo Kristin

      Reply
  11. thesisterslice
    July 15, 2013 at 10:13 am (1 year ago)

    I love this! It could be featured in a magazine. Go k Go!!!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 15, 2013 at 10:43 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks buddy! xo K

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 15, 2013 at 10:44 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks Jesse :) xo Kristin

      Reply
  12. Kayla
    July 15, 2013 at 10:49 am (1 year ago)

    It looks beautiful and I would happily come over for your party!! Oh wait, I guess that wasn’t an invite ;).

    I’m not a huge burlap fan but you totally made it your own, adding modern colorful stripes!!! I just love your spin on it!

    Kayla

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 16, 2013 at 7:17 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks Kayla :) I really like the rough against the modern lines. I think it works for the outdoors for sure. xo Kristin

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 16, 2013 at 7:18 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much Lindsay! xo Kristin

      Reply
  13. annekemcconnell
    July 15, 2013 at 11:37 am (1 year ago)

    This looks SO beautiful and inviting Kristin! I love the name tags and the fun colors!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 16, 2013 at 7:18 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks Anneke :) xo Kristin

      Reply
  14. Shavonda@AHomeFullOfColor
    July 15, 2013 at 12:50 pm (1 year ago)

    Kristin this looks awesome!!! I love the colors you chose for the runner. All the details are just wonderful. I would definitely want to come to a party this fab. Great job!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 16, 2013 at 7:18 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much Shavonda :) xo Kristin

      Reply
    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 16, 2013 at 7:19 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much Pam :) It’s a nice little place to have :) xo Kristin

      Reply
  15. Pam @ Simple Details
    July 15, 2013 at 2:01 pm (1 year ago)

    Love all your little touches, Kristin! What a pretty setting with the pond and firepit, I’ll bet your friends were thrilled to get an invite! :)

    Reply
  16. Elisa
    July 15, 2013 at 3:08 pm (1 year ago)

    Loving the runner! It looks fab painted!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 16, 2013 at 7:20 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks Elisa :) xo Kristin

      Reply
  17. Jennifer @ Dimples & Tangles
    July 16, 2013 at 12:02 am (1 year ago)

    Perfectly festive! I love the colors you put together and the little chalkboard place cards. What’d for dinner? :)

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 16, 2013 at 7:20 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much Jennifer :) Happy colors! xo Kristin

      Reply
  18. Shelly@ConfettiStyle
    July 16, 2013 at 9:22 am (1 year ago)

    Beautiful table and I love the runner you created. Enjoy your outdoor space!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 17, 2013 at 7:40 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much Shelly :) xo Kristin

      Reply
  19. Rachel @ Architecture of a Mom
    July 16, 2013 at 12:05 pm (1 year ago)

    Kristin, I love the contrast of the bright, modern colors with the rustic burlap! Looks like a fun tablescape for a party!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 17, 2013 at 7:43 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much Rachel :) xo Kristin

      Reply
  20. julie
    July 20, 2013 at 9:33 am (1 year ago)

    David tweeted this out a week ago?! How exciting. I was on my phone and just saw the pic he tweeted but recognized it immediately!

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 22, 2013 at 8:35 am (1 year ago)

      Thanks Julie :) I just saw that. So cool! xo Kristin

      Reply
    • BLISS AT HOME
      July 26, 2013 at 7:26 am (12 months ago)

      Thanks so much Ellen :) xo Kristin

      Reply
  21. Lora
    August 9, 2013 at 7:13 am (12 months ago)

    I think you live about 1200 miles away, but…if you ever see me lounging around in your back yard with a cup of coffee, look away. Just look away. ;)

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    • BLISS AT HOME
      August 12, 2013 at 7:38 am (12 months ago)

      Lora, this made me giggle! If you are ever in my area come on over and lounge by the pond ;) xo Kristin

      Reply

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