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Sunflower Summer Table Setting

A basket full of sunflowers sets the stage for a summer table that is warm and inviting. Pair the golden yellow with its complimentary color, blue, and you have a summer table that beckons everyone to gather round.

Take a look at our sunflower summer table we staged along with setting tips for a lovely summer dinner display you can recreate at home.

sunflower centerpiece

Simply fill a basket full of sunflower blooms to create a dramatic centerpiece for your garden table. Placing it in a whicker basket gives a nice "freshly picked" feel to your table. Then, to add a pop of color, tie a blue ribbon around the basket to compliment your sunflowers.


Tie in dishes and foods that are yellow to bring out the fresh seasonal feel of the sunflowers. Menu choices featuring ingredients like lemons are always simple and sophisticated. Work the ingredient into your entire menu for a themed dinner that screams summer - from a lemon chiffon cocktail to vegetarian crab cakes with a zesty lemon sauce to a no-bake skinny cheesecake infused with lemon flavors, there's so many recipes to work with. Serving lemonade would be a great touch to your summer display, too!


Mix and match your blue and yellow dishes as well as serving pieces to tie the color scheme together into your theme. Feel free to add interesting patterns to the table.

napkin ring

Sunflower seed packets make the perfect party favor for your guests and help unify the sunflower theme when placed on the plates at each place setting. Attach a blue silk flower to a ribbon for a simple but elegant napkin ring. The contrasting colors brighten every object and allows them to stand out on your table.

name tags

Think fresh this summer and personalize your guests place cards. Name tags embellished with sunflower stickers will let your guests know just which spot at the table is reserved for them with a flowery greeting!

place setting

Finally, layer your place settings at each seat - we love the idea of a wooden placemat atop a soft neutral tablecloth. Bring your color combo of blue and yellow to the setting as well with a larger blue plate beneath a smaller yellow salad plate.

With these sunflower tips, your summer gathering will look fresh and fragrant. The mood is warm and inviting, and your guests will want to linger at the table long after the meal is over.

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