45 In Summer

2 simple summer tablescapes

I’m showing you my 2 simple summer tablescapes today! The other day, we had friends over for dinner, and we had originally planned to eat outside, but it was so so windy, that I prepared the dining room table and we only BBQed outside.

2 simple summer tablescapes [kreativk.net]

We often get this really strong wind from the East,  and it comes all the way over here to us, [we’re at the Atlantic] and can last for days! Not pretty!

I shut all the windows and those days we just have to be with the a/c on, cause it’s a hot wind on top and if the windows stay open, well my house would end up so sandy. This wind brings dust and sand and what not, so yeah, not loving it!  I was so sad because it really had ruined my tablescape ideas for the night! It would’ve been so lovely outside! But then I quickly adapted and just set it up inside, oh well. We had a fun night anyways! 

So my idea was, having a green colour scheme, because my front porch outside chairs have greenish pillows and I put green placemats on the table. So for inside I thought I’d do something with lots of succulents, a little farmhouse vibe and natural style. I had everything at home for this.

I used:

~ Ikea tea towels as place mats, folded in half

~ My grandma’s white linen napkins 

~ Lavender from my little lavender bush in the garden 

~ Mason Jars with fake fern inside

~ Succulents I had from before & fake ones as well 

~ Small jars with rocks in them 

~ The succulent centerpiece from the other day

~ My painted pebbles from the other week

2 simple summer tablescapes [kreativk.net]


2 simple summer tablescapes [kreativk.net]


2 simple summer tablescapes [kreativk.net]


2 simple summer tablescapes [kreativk.net]


When I had it all set up, I looked around, seeing all my nautical decor and I felt like doing a nautical style table scape. I had like 3 hours to go, so I was good with time and gave it a try! 

I used:

~ My nautical style lanterns with rope in them

~ My rope jars 

~ The bird I used for my summer vignette

~ The little rock jars 

~ Ropes to tie the cutlery

~ Shells in a blue bowl and more rope to wrap around them

~ A bread basket

~ My grandma’s napkins as placemats

2 simple summer tablescapes [kreativk.net]


2 simple summer tablescapes [kreativk.net]


2 simple summer tablescapes [kreativk.net]


2 simple summer tablescapes [kreativk.net]


2 simple summer tablescapes [kreativk.net]

I stuck with the nautical style table scape, because I ended up running out of time and didn’t want to change everything back to the other setting. Although I really like them both and will do the succulent setting next time we have people over.

Which one is your fave? I hope you got some inspiration today, I always love that you stop by the blog! Thank you for that!

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  • Gina
    04/08/2016 at 16:16

    Katrin, stop being so fabulous! 😉 I love these tablescapes and they totally set the atmosphere for having friends over. I actually don’t have a dining table right now as my apartment is too small. But, this gives me some ideas for once we move somewhere bigger. I think that the succulent one is my favorite.

    • Katrin
      04/08/2016 at 19:13

      You’re so sweet Gina, Thank you so much girl 🙂

  • Diana
    03/08/2016 at 21:50

    Such beautiful table settings, Katrin! Both so simple but elegant. I especially love the sprig of rosemary on each plate in the first setting 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up your posts at Vintage Charm–

    • Katrin
      04/08/2016 at 19:12

      Diana, Thank you so much!! It’s actually lavender, but you’re right, it absolutely looks like rosemary 😉 Love both!!!

  • Samantha
    03/08/2016 at 02:08

    I’m head over heels for both tablescapes! Love them so much! Pinning!

    • Katrin
      03/08/2016 at 10:45

      Thanks so much Samantha!! I’m happy you like them 🙂

  • Carole @TootSweet4Two
    02/08/2016 at 18:43

    So pretty, clever and simple! I love them both!

    • Katrin
      03/08/2016 at 10:43

      Thanks so so much Carole!

  • Linda
    02/08/2016 at 18:40

    Lovely tablescapes. Love the green one as well. You took some awesome photos. Succulents are always awesome plants to enjoy. Love your tip for using tea towels. Thanks for sharing your creativity at DI&DI.

    • Katrin
      03/08/2016 at 10:42

      Thanks so much Linda! I had tons of fun setting this up and yes, tea towels are my new discovery for decor!!!

  • Carol
    02/08/2016 at 14:31

    Really like both table settings – simple and lovely.

    • Katrin
      03/08/2016 at 10:41

      Thank you Carol!!

  • Debrashoppeno5
    02/08/2016 at 13:10

    I love how you created the tablescapes with color and texture. Using the tea towels is a very good idea, they have such cute ones.

    • Katrin
      03/08/2016 at 10:41

      Thank you so much Debra, they do have lovely tea towels I could use for all kinds of stuff, except drying dishes, lol!

  • Laurie
    02/08/2016 at 03:36

    Love the table settings! So breezy and fresh! Looks like a lovely setting for a dinner with friends! Pinned to share 🙂

    • Katrin
      02/08/2016 at 09:33

      Thanks so much Laurie!!

  • Carol@blueskykitchen
    01/08/2016 at 03:51

    Such a pretty tablescape you have created. Thank you for sharing on Your Inspired Design Link Party.

    • Katrin
      01/08/2016 at 09:40

      Thank you SO much Carol!

  • Beverly
    31/07/2016 at 22:57

    Both styles look lovely, Katrin. They are both such inviting settings. Pinned and Tweeted. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday!

    • Katrin
      01/08/2016 at 09:38

      Thank you so so much Beverly!

  • Ilka
    31/07/2016 at 19:57

    Both table arrangement styles really shine with their simplicity! 🙂 Just very pretty!

    • Katrin
      01/08/2016 at 09:36

      Thank you Ilka!!!

  • Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    31/07/2016 at 19:06

    Katrin, I can’t choose one! I love the lavender sprigs tied with twine on the first tablescape, as well as the fish bowl full of succulents, the simplicity of the stones and the wood are stunning. And your grandmother’s napkins are a great contrast. Love it. Of course I love the second one too, I am partial to the blue. Are the napkins a cloth or paper? I love the pattern!

    • Katrin
      01/08/2016 at 09:34

      Thank you Nikki. I couldn’t choose and stayed with the nautical one because I was running out of time, lol. but next time it’ll be the lavender tablescape for sure. Those napkins are paper napkins and from Ikea. I like that deep blue! Have a lovely Monday!

  • Maya
    31/07/2016 at 15:33

    Love both tablescapes and you’ve done a fantastic job!

    • Katrin
      31/07/2016 at 19:07

      Thanks so much Maya!!

  • Andrea@WellnessNotes
    29/07/2016 at 18:05

    I love both! And the first one inspired me to finally get some succulents – it’s been on my “list” for a while…

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Katrin
      29/07/2016 at 19:33

      That’s great Andrea, Thank you so much, I’m happy you got inspired 🙂

  • Sam@Raggedy Bits
    28/07/2016 at 16:24

    Beautiful as always! Don’t ask me to choose as I love them both!

    • Katrin
      29/07/2016 at 16:36

      Lol, Thanks Sam! 🙂

  • Jelica@APrettyFix
    27/07/2016 at 21:58

    These are seriously lovely tablescapes, Katrin. My fave is the first. Loved the greens used. It looks so fresh and modern against the white and light wood table. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    • Katrin
      28/07/2016 at 08:14

      Thanks SO much Jelica! I’ll do the first setting again for sure, I really liked it a lot too!

  • Mary-the boondocks blog
    27/07/2016 at 18:55

    You are the next Lara Croft!! They are both so pretty. But I have to say I cannot choose which one I like better. That green color is gorgeous with the succulents. But the napkins in your nautical are so sophisticated too. Just be careful next time you take those daring shots! Blogging has made an adventurer out of you.

    • Katrin
      28/07/2016 at 08:13

      Lol, Mary! That is too funny…. Next time I get my hubby to take a photo of me taking a photo, lol!

  • Christine
    27/07/2016 at 17:54

    GORGEOUS, what time is dinner?

    • Katrin
      27/07/2016 at 18:17

      Anytime is good for me Christine! 🙂 Thanks 🙂

  • Keri
    27/07/2016 at 17:01

    Katrin, both tablescape are so beautiful, I can’t pick a favorite!! I really like all the green in the first setting, the tea towels, the succulents and the lavender tucked into the silverware give it such a wonderful look, as well as the rustic elements!! I also like the coastal setting with the lanterns, the rope jars and of course your grandmother’s linens, so pretty and just the right details!! Awesome job on both!!

    • Katrin
      27/07/2016 at 18:18

      It was tons of fun grabbing everything I had at hand and setting the table for that night, next time I’ll do the rustic look again! Thanks Keri!:)

  • Ellen
    27/07/2016 at 16:27

    Both tablescapes are beautiful, but if I had to choose I think it would be the first one. Green is my favorite color and I love succulents too. Both have kreatively used items already on hand which is a great idea and are so inviting. Love your Grandma’s napkins, looks like Battenberg Lace- another favorite of mine. That hot wind does not sound like fun though. Thank-you for another lovely post, as always!

    • Katrin
      27/07/2016 at 18:16

      Thanks friend! I think the green one is a keeper and will make a come back on a different occasion for sure! Battenberg Lace, I had to google it, as I did not have a clue! But you’re right, it does look exactly like it! Great to know! The wind has calmed down for now and we get a breather from the hot heat, now we’ve got the cool heat with a nice cool wind, so nice! Have a lovely day Ellen! 🙂

  • Sarah - Craft Invaders
    27/07/2016 at 10:52

    What beautiful table settings, so inspiring! I have visions of you suspended from the ceiling Lara Croft style, taking your photos lol x

    • Katrin
      27/07/2016 at 18:11

      Hahaha, lol, you had me laughing here, it wasn’t that tricky 😉

  • Julia - Vintage with Laces
    27/07/2016 at 08:43

    Hi Katrin, They are both very pretty but I think I like the green/white tablescape a little better. It was a great idea to use tea towels as placemats. I love that shade of green and wish we had IKEA over here. The hot winds don’t sound pleasant. Hopefully you won’t get too many more this summer.

    • Katrin
      27/07/2016 at 18:05

      Thanks so much Julia! It sure helps to have Ikea close by, these tea towels are the best, I’ve used them for many occasions already, except for drying the dishes, lol!