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A Late Summer Candlelight Tablescape on the Deck

There’s nothing better than a late summer evening out on the deck, and a tablescape with candlelight and fresh cut flowers from the garden.

When creating this late summer tablescape, it was more about the perfect lighting, fresh cut flowers, and outdoor view for me, rather than the dinnerware.

A late summer candlelight tablescape on the deck

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A late summer candlelight tablescape on the deck

The dahlias, zinnias, cosmos, and bee balm were all freshly cut from my flower garden. I decided on a larger arrangement for the center of the table, with smaller glass bottles surrounding it.

Fresh cut flowers in a vase on table

Tea light candles give the table that extra special touch.

Small glass bottles with fresh cut flowers in them and candles on table.
A late summer candlelight tablescape on the deck

I’m always been inspired by all the gorgeous tablescapes I see on Pinterest and Instagram with the most amazing outdoor settings.

Small glass bottles with fresh cut flowers in them and candles on table.

I really can’t believe it took me so long to pull a table like this together before now. This is my first attempt. At least I did it before the end of the season!

Small glass bottles with fresh cut flowers in them and candles on table.
A late summer candlelight tablescape on the deck
A late summer candlelight tablescape on the deck
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  • Floral Salad Plates: The Pioneer Woman
  • Rattan Chargers: Pier 1
  • Cloth Napkins: Pottery Barn
Fresh cut flowers and candles on table.
Fresh cut flowers and candles on table, overlooking the waterview

I couldn’t have planned the gorgeous pink-streaked sky and glimmering water any better on this late summer evening. I couldn’t tell you why, but even the mosquitos stayed away!

Fresh cut flowers and candles on table, overlooking the waterview
A late summer candlelight tablescape on the deck

It was a perfect late summer evening, with a candlelight tablescape on the deck. I’m not going to lie to you. After I took all the pictures, I cleared away two of the place settings and had a romantic dinner for two with my husband.

Late summer evening with flowers and candlelight overlooking the Puget Sound.

I hope to recreate this tablescape next summer for our friends. It will be so nice to entertain again. But until then, I’m ok hanging out with just my hubby and our pups!

If you have any questions or additional suggestions, feel free to share them in the comments below. And be sure to share this blog post link with anyone who may find inspiration from this summer table.

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  1. Absolutely enchanting! That fabulous view, combined with your table setting … the flowers, the votives … oh my goodness. It’s breathtaking. xo

  2. Beautiful is the word for your tablescape Kim! And you know I have dahlia envy lol. Always enjoy your blog (and thanks for sharing some other scapes too; love the plaid thermos as I remember my parents having them when I was a kid. 🙂

    1. Happy weekend Marguerite! My favorite blog posts are the ones where I can share what my friends are doing! They all did a beautiful job!

  3. Hello Kim!
    I am so glad that I’m a subscriber to your emails. Your posts never cease to amaze and delight me! The tablescape that you have so artfully and beautifully arranged on your desk is gorgeous and so refreshing! Oh the colors! Your photography skill really captures everything perfectly.
    You always inspire me! Even thought I couldn’t possibly match your level of talent in decorating my home, I am still inspired. I even save your posts in a special folder in my email. They provide inspiration and a “welcome escape” from daily life.

    Thank you for continuing to post!
    Laura Coyne

    1. Your incredibly thoughtful comments made my day! No, actually my month. It means so much to me when I hear that I have inspired someone. Everything I have learned about decorating has come from doing what you’re doing. I love going through magazines, and cutting my favorite pics out and adding them to my notebook! And I love searching for home decor and gardening accounts on Pinterest to continue finding new and creative things to do! Thank you again for your kindness.

  4. What a gorgeous table you set in a magical setting for an evening meal with friends. The dahlias you used on the table are so pretty. I like how you created a centerpiece with them and then added small containers of dahlias to either side.

  5. Your views get me every time! They are just incredible! I have the same wicker vase, but it’s thrifted and someone painted it white. I’ve never seen another one, until yours. 🙂

  6. Oh Kim – this is SO beautiful!! Your flowers and the sky together are just heavenly! Your whole life is an inspiration to me – if your neighbors ever decide to sell their places, just let me know! ?

    1. I would love to have you as a neighbor! My current neighbor doesn’t like my greenhouse! You will be the first one to know. Thank you for the compliment!

    1. Thank you Linda. It was extremely easy! It’s amazing how much of a statement flowers make. You don’t need much more!

    1. Thank you Carol! I do love the zinnias and dahlias so much. I will be so sad when they are gone in a month or so.

  7. Kim, what a lovely table. The flowers are so pretty and colorful. i adore the lighting. The candlelight is icing on the cake. Congrats on the magazine article. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful table at Love Your Creativity.

  8. Your tablescape and views are poetically and magically breathtaking, Kim. I’d say you have as much innate talent with tablescapes as you do with gardening. Thank you so much for sharing this truly serene moment with us. And congratulations on your wonderful magazine feature. Cheers, Ardith

    1. Thank you for the incredibly kind words Ardith. They mean so much and put a big smile on my face this Monday morning!

  9. Kim
    This is just stunning! I love the view and your beautiful flowers. I hope we get to entertain again soon as well.
    So glad to be on this tour with you.

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