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.


  1. says

    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!

    • BLISS AT HOME says

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

    • BLISS AT HOME says

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

  2. says

    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.

  3. Julia @cuckoo4design says

    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.

  4. says

    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 :)

  5. says

    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! :-)

    • BLISS AT HOME says

      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

  6. says

    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!


    • BLISS AT HOME says

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

  7. julie says

    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!

  8. Lora says

    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. 😉

    • BLISS AT HOME says

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

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