How to Style Al Fresco Summer Tablescapes with Creative Themes

Outdoor entertaining is a high point of every summer party season. And at the center of it all, of course, are the creative al fresco tablescapes in a whole variety of themes! Whether you’ll be hosting a family birthday, a patriotic picnic, a bbq cookout, a tropical luau, a balmy beach-inspired luncheon, or a French country dinner, we have table setting inspiration for you from our own styled sets. Plus, we have recommended product finds to recreate each tablescape look yourselves! (*this post contains affiliate links)

Little Cowboy-themed Tablescape

Cowboy tablecape with Western Elements

Whether for a child’s birthday or a baby shower, this Little Cowboy theme is a sure winner for an open-air gathering. For the guest tables, we set out whimsical Western-style elements that you can easily recreate with these finds (available from Amazon)—or see which ones you can DIY or borrow!

  1. Red Gingham Checkered Tablecloth (Premium Disposable, 84″ inch round, 6 pack)
  2. 12″ Cowboy Boots
  3.  Beverage Dispenser (1.75 gallon, clear)
  4. Denim Pockets
  5. Straw Cowboy Hats with Cowboy Bandanas (6 Red & 6 Blue) for Kids

Americana-inspired Picnic Tablescape

July 4th table decorations with stars and stripes

For a summertime wedding rehearsal dinner or a 4th of July BBQ bash, a breezy outdoor gazebo or fenced-in porch would make a charming venue. Then, create a sentimental Americana vibe with these patriotic product finds.

  1. Table Runner, Decorative Navy Blue Striped (72 inch x 15 inch) – via Amazon
  2. Stars & Stripes White Rustic Wood Patriotic Party Gift Tags – via Zazzle
  3. I Am American Red & Blue USA Flag Beer Bottle Labels – via Zazzle
  4. 50 Pieces Stainless Steel Corn on the Cob Prong Skewers with Storage Box – via Amazon
  5. US American Flag Paper Napkins – via Zazzle

French Country Dinner Tablescape

French Provence inspired table decorations

A French Country theme is so romantic for a summer garden gathering! And surprisingly doable if you go with a wine and cheese spread served with crusty baguettes and complemented with rustic table elements like these.

  1. Jute, Rustic, Vintage Placemat (set of 6) – via Amazon
  2. Greenery Garland, Artificial Ivy Vines, 79.5” L (12 pack) – via Amazon
  3. Natural Lavender Bundles, Freshly Harvested 100 Stems Dried Lavender Bunch (16″ – 18″ long) – via Amazon
  4. Bamboo Cheese Board Set With Cutlery In Slide-Out Drawer – via Amazon
  5. Vintage Purple Grapes Custom Wine Label – via Zazzle

Exotic Luau Tablescape

Hawaiian green tablescape

In this cool take on an exotic luau, the beige tablecloth is like a sandy beach, topped with an end-to-end centerpiece of tropical leaves and birds-of-paradise blooms in actual coconut vases (see the DIY). Raffia pom poms and strands of tiny seashells complete the look, while favor pouches welcome guests to their seats.

  1. Artificial Palm Leaves / Tropical Plant Faux Leaves (36 pcs, 3 kinds) – via Amazon
  2. Fresh coconuts from your farmers’ market sliced open, or Slice of Coconut for Vase Flowerpot – via Amazon
  3. Shell Beading Beads Strand Craft – via Amazon
  4. Handpainted floral favor pouches – an exclusive from the Bellenza SHOP
  5. Natural Raffia Twine String Ribbon for Craft – via Amazon

Havana Nights-inspired Garden Party Tablescape

Cuban Havana themed tablescape decorations

Another hot option for a summer tablescape is our Havana Nights theme, with wicker garden sets as guest tables, centerpieces featuring Cuban cigar boxes, palm tree place cards, and rolled up brown napkins. Recreate this balmy setting with elements like these we found.

  1. Paper Covered Empty Cigar Boxes (pack of 10) – via Amazon
  2. Bird of Paradise Spray Natural (orange, 22.5 Inch, pack of 6) – via Amazon
  3. Solid Square Fabric Table Cloth, Aqua (54 x 54 inch, Stain Resistant, Washable and Spill-proof Polyester) – via Amazon
  4. 20″ Oversized Cloth Dinner Table Napkins (chocolate brown, 1 dozen) – via Amazon
  5. Palm Tree Place Cards (pack of 10) – via Amazon

Candle-lit Luau Tablescape

Luau tablescape with candle decorations

Another striking spin on a luau tablescape, this time with bold tropical colors and a raffia-wrapped candlescape taking center stage. Again, the good news is this effect can be easily achieved by assembling items you can buy or DIY!

  1. Tropical Print Table Runner – via Amazon
  2. Glass Cylinder Vases (set of 4) – via Amazon
  3. Flickering Bulb Battery-operated Flameless LED Tea Lights (pack of 12) – via Amazon
  4. LA Linen Polyester Poplin Napkins (18 by 18-inch, Light Yellow, 10 pack) – via Amazon
  5. Olive-colored Organza Rounds (an exclusive from the Bellenza SHOP)

Modern Minimalist Beach Tablescape

Modern minimalist beach table decorations.

Chill! That’s the vibe of this clean and serene beach-inspired tablescape* with cool blue linens and flower favor bags on minimalist place settings. And down the center, a modern centerpiece treatment with bromeliad cuttings (can also substitute airplants) in glass cube vases. Catch this same look with the elements below. (*This post features several different styles of beach tablescapes as well.)

  1. Light Blue Tablecloth for Rectangle Tables (55″ x 70”)
  2. Bromeliad plants OR Tillandsia Brachycaulos Multiflora Air Plants (10 pack) – via Amazon
  3. Square Glass Cube Vase 4” (set of 12) – via Amazon
  4. Silk flower favor sachets (an exclusive from the Bellenza SHOP)
  5. Mixed Beach Seashells (bag of approx. 50 seashells) – via Amazon

Elegant Palm Beach-inspired Tablescape

Palm beach tablescape

Basically the same tablescape as the one above, we tweaked this to capture a luxe Palm Beach style. How? By simply adding a burst of color via a table-length bougainvillea centerpiece, romantic pillar candles on nests of sand, exotic dried starfish, and seashell frames as place card holders. You can do the same.

  1. Fresh bougainvillea cuttings OR Bougainvillea Glabra Artificial Floor Mounted Flower (31.5″, hot pink, 5 pcs) – via Amazon
  2. Natural Solid Chambray Table Runner (14” x 72”) – via Amazon
  3. White Pillar Candles (an exclusive from the Bellenza SHOP)
  4. Seashell Card Holders (an exclusive from the Bellenza SHOP) – as place card holders
  5. Medium White Finger (Pencil) Star Fish (4-6″ inches, set of 15) – via Amazon

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