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How to Create a Simply Stunning Summer Tablescape

Are you looking for some simple outdoor tablescape ideas for summer? I’ll share our inspirational picture for this month’s “Pinterest Challenge” with you, and how I used glass bottles, fresh flowers, and candles to create a beautiful summer table.

Outdoor summer tablescape overlooking the water

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Pinterest Challenge

Glass Bottle Centerpiece Summer Table & Pinterest Challenge

Are you ready for another Pinterest Challenge? If this is your first time hearing about the Pinterest Challenge, let me explain. Every month, our fabulous host Cindy from County Road 407, selects an inspiration photo for everyone to recreate. Each participant puts their own spin on the photo, according to each of our individual and unique styles of decorating.

If you’re stopping by from Carol at Bluesky at Home, I’m so happy you’re here. Didn’t you love her pretty pink patio table setting? Be sure to visit my other friends at the end of this post for even more inspiration.

Summer table with simple glass bottle centerpeice

The Inspiration

Our inspiration photo this month comes from Karen at Sanctuary Home Decor. Karen creates the most beautiful tablescapes. I am always inspired when I visit her blog.

What got me so excited about this Pinterest challenge were the pretty pink and white peonies Karen cut from her yard. I mean really…who wouldn’t be inspired by such beauty?

Outdoor summer tablescape overlooking the water

Where are all the Peonies???

I really wanted to use peonies for my summer tablescape. The only problem was that the peony bushes in my garden are only a few years old and still don’t produce many blooms in the season.

I wasn’t worried though. Trader Joe’s had the most beautiful peonies a couple of weeks earlier so my plan was to take the 45-minute drive to go pick some up for my table.

Except that they didn’t have anymore. Now to Plan B.

dahlias in glass bottles as centerpieces

I decided to use the pictures from an evening summer tablescape I had created on the deck last summer since I used glass bottles with flowers for my centerpiece.

Outdoor summer tablescape overlooking the water


cottage garden and greenhouse with dahlias

Using Dahlias to Recreate the Outdoor Summer Tablescape

I used dahlias from the garden to fill the glass bottles and lined them down the center of the outdoor teak table for my centerpiece. My garden will look like this again in mid-July. I can’t wait!

Outdoor summer tablescape overlooking the water

This rattan glass vase holder was perfect for adding height to the table.

Candles always add such a romantic feel to a table. I used tea candles with glass holders which complimented the glass jars.


Outdoor summer tablescape overlooking the water

The bistro lights in the garden were the perfect touch.



Outdoor summer tablescape overlooking the water

Can you think of a better location for a late evening summer dinner? Overlooking our bay in the Puget Sound and watching the sun setting was magical. I would rather eat here than any restaurant.


dahlias in glass bottles as centerpieces

My hope is that this gives you a few ideas on how to create an outdoor summer tablescape using glass bottles to create a simple yet stunning centerpiece!

What flowers will you be putting in your glass bottles? Leave me a comment.

dahlias in glass bottles as centerpieces

Are you ready to see more Pinterest Challenges? Next up is Niky at The House on Silverado. I know you’re going to love her summer table.

Make sure to visit the rest of the bloggers at the end of this post by clicking their links. Thanks so much for being here and Happy Summer!

Dining Table Pinterest Challenge

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  1. Okay, who even cares about the table setting when the setting for your table is so stunning! I request a seat on the side of the table with the view of the bay!! Those flowers! The candles, the view! It is all so dreamy!!

  2. Kim, you truly have the perfect setting for outdoor dining, and your table is pure perfection! I love everything about it!

    Niky @ The House on Silverado

  3. Kim, your table and the view is STUNNING!!! I’m sorry, I thought I wrote back on Friday evening but I am glad I checked. 🙂 I know I was writing and my computer died, so I apologize for not writing sooner. Finally feeling better and your lovely table and its magical setting helped! 😀 Even if this was from last year, it is timeless… Just lovely!!!

    Enjoy many more meals out where the sun sets and the boats pass by, {sigh!},
    Barb 🙂

    1. Thank you, Marty. We should get all the Pinterest Challenge gals on the deck for some fun and relaxation!

  4. Kim, you have the prettiest location for outdoor dining! The water, sunset, surrounding gardens and all those twinkle lights make it so magical! Maybe you should open a B and B ? I love the bright colored dahlias on your table, and all the textures! Your pictures are always so fun to see!!

  5. Simply stunning indeed! I’ll take Dalias any time especially in all these beautiful colors. You have the perfect summer setting and a splendid view from the deck. By the way I love the addition of blue napkins and plates with all the red, pink and purple blooms! Pinning!

  6. Kim,
    You stopped me dead in my tracks! Talk about an enchanting dinner tablescape. The back drop was perfect, the lighting on point and beautiful flowers from your garden. It is all drool worthy! I only hope someday my flower garden can be half as beautiful as yours. Absolutely stunning, Kim!

    1. You are so sweet Tammy. Thank you for the smile you have put on my face after reading your sweet comments.

  7. Kim, I am having such dahlia envy right now! I’m really itching to grow some pretty flowers like yours, but I’m worried they won’t do well in our harsh, muggy climate. Your table is so breathtakingly beautiful with that view and those dainty flowers! Pinned!

    1. Thank you, Crissy. We do have such a great climate for them. I’m really concerned about the 3 days when it’s going to be around 100 degrees. They are not used to that kind of heat. Trying to form a plan.

  8. Oh my goodness, girl! Talk about magazine worthy! What a lovely late evening photo shoot! and those flowers! Just a perfect summer table in a lovely space!

    1. Thank you, Julie. That’s my favorite time to take pictures of the garden. Everything is just so magical.

  9. It seriously doesn’t get any prettier than this. Your stunning view is magical. Not just the bay but your gorgeous yard too! I’m with you. Forget the restaurants. this is the place to be. Do you ever go on vacation? I’m not sure why when you live in paradise. Do you ever sell tickets for a tour or a for a day-in-the-life-of-Kim? I’d pay big bucks for either! Thank you for joining in. Pinned

    1. Thank you so much Cindy! We go on the boat, but if I had my way I’d never leave. It’s all about finding the right house sitter that can help make sure the garden doesn’t all die before I come back. You are welcome anytime, no ticket needed my friend.

  10. This is just too gorgeous, Kim. These are the pics that were in one of the magazines, right? The lights over the water and the sunset is an amazing backdrop. I’d rather eat here then a restaurant, too…if I didn’t have to cook the meal;) I really need to start growing dahlias; they are a showstopper flower! Thanks for sharing this beautiful scene!

    1. Thanks so much Lora. Yes, I’m with you on the “no cooking” kind of meal at home. Yes, The Cottage Journal used my photos so that was really fun to see. I hope you do start grwoing dahlias. If you need any help, you know who to ask!

  11. Kim, your setting on the bay is stunning. I’ve never been there, but I can imagine it’s beauty. The bright colors of your flowers are so pretty. Your garden practically glows. The candlelight just adds to the ambiance. I bet it’s not blazing hot hot, either. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you Carol. I would like to say that we rarely have blazing heat, and that’s why we live for the summers up here. But with that said we are having a heatwave with possible 100 degree temps from Sat-Mon. So we’ll see how the garden does. We’re not used to thise temps, especially that many days in a row.

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