Summer is a celebration of color! At this time of year, nature is just brimming with every hue under the sun (literally!). Which means we have a fabulous array of colors to choose from for our summer parties.
Here, we share with you four of our favorite palettes for outdoor events—whether these are held in full sunshine or on a sultry summer evening under the stars. Each set creates a mood of its own—hopefully providing inspiration for your own upcoming celebration!
Hawaiian Luau Celebration
Fuchsia + Pink + Foliage Green + Yellow + Naturals and Neutrals
Talk about a verdant tropical forest transplanted onto a luau party tablescape! A row of towering centerpieces brings in the green through lush foliage, while natural elements such as wood, bamboo, seashells, pebbles, and sand add the browns, beiges, and neutral tones. Bromeliad blooms in striking fuchsia and sunny yellow place cards in seashell holders provide splashes of color so typical of a tropical scene!
Floral tip: In place of bromeliads, you could also use fuchsia orchids or bougainvillea to go with the luau theme.
Havana Themed Garden Party
Aqua + Chocolate Brown + Green + Orange + Yellow
Heat things up Havana-style with an unexpected base color for this palette: aqua. Laying this out via the party table cloths makes sure it gets noticed and sets an upbeat mood for the occasion. Chocolate brown napkins (rolled up to mimic Cuban cigars!) and palm tree place cards add a rich, warm contrast. Then, nature steps in with touches of orange and green via bird-of-paradise blooms and fresh garden leaves.
Floral tip: If bird-of-paradise flowers aren’t available, bromeliads, carnations, parrot tulips, and calla lilies also come in bright orange.
Daisy-themed Summer Picnic
Lime Green + Orange + Cobalt Blue + Lilac + Ivory
What could be more summery than the bursts of color we know and love as gerbera daisies? In hot orange, they bring a cheerful vibrancy to fun outdoor occasions like a summer picnic or family cookout. Hints of freshness come in via mint green ribbons, fresh leaves, even decorative glass pebbles. And for a softer golden orange tone, how cute are live goldfish swimming around in globe-shaped bowls?
Floral tip: You can also substitute orange dahlias or carnations, or even whole citrus fruits to create the same cheery effect.
Palm Beach Seaside Soiree
Sky Blue + Fuchsia + Green + Sand + Ivory
This refined color palette channels the style and luxury of Palm Beach for a seaside celebration. A sky blue table cloth echoes the cloudless horizon on a perfect summer day. Then, that same serene mood is extended through crisp ivory place settings, surrounded by table decorations in muted neutrals—a sand-colored runner, seashell place frames, and candles on beds of beach sand. Finally, a burst of color comes courtesy of fuchsia bougainvillea centerpieces at mid-table.
Floral tip: To capture that same fuchsia hue, try orchids, azaleas, lilies, or dahlias in place of the bougainvillea.
You can certainly see why we love these palettes that capture the spirit of summer. Have you made your choice yet? What’s your favorite color palette? Tell us!