What would be the best items to put on an end of summer tablescape?
I love sunflowers at this time of year as they are a last-minute homage to summer before bringing out the hardy mums.
And what about lemons for fun and a little more yellowy dazzle?
Maybe add in a red pickup truck that usually comes out to play for Christmas?
Any candles you have lying around?
You get the idea…
But this Labor Day, I think I am going to go with a Lemons and Sunflowers theme for my end of summer tablescape. I have a somewhat Provencal-looking tablecloth (similar, here) that will pair perfectly with lemons and sunflowers.
Let me show you how I put together my end-of-summer tablescape.
In this post...
Step One (for my End of Summer Tablescape): Tablecloths
Pro-tip: I love to use a tablecloth on an angle as it’s more interesting and it displays more of the prettiest parts of the tablecloth. And it takes away the concern of the cloth not being big enough to cover the whole table. Since my dining room table is fairly long, I typically first put on protective mats, that I then cover with a neutral tan tablecloth. Then I added the decorative cloth as shown in the photos below.
Step Two (for my End of Summer Tablescape): Placemats
Now I add the next layer which is made of rattan placemats. These are so versatile and truly make the table more beautiful and interesting. These placemats are virtually indestructible. I just wipe them off after the meal and store them away in my hutch. They also look great on a kitchen table or island for regular dinners.
Step Three (for my End of Summer Tablescape): Plates
I love the look of neutral plates. I usually use bone or white ceramic plates (similar, here) as they coordinate so well with most table settings. I also layered a sunflower dessert/salad plate (very similar, here) over the dinner plate.
Step Four (for my End of Summer Tablescape): Glassware and Candles
I use red glasses a lot throughout the year. They work well for Valentine’s Day, as well as all of the red, white, and blue holidays. They also work for the Christmas table settings. Here is a set of red glasses that I use a lot.
Step Five (for my End of Summer Tablescape): Flowers, Napkins, and Flatware
I love sunflowers and actually grow different little annual ones in my garden. I also grow the perennial informally named black-eyed Susans. I cut a few from my yard and placed them in clear glass tumblers. The napkins are a pretty yellow color. I prefer 100% cotton or linen napkins as they are softer and more absorbent than polyester. Lastly, I used my everyday stainless steel flatware.
Step Six (for my End of Summer Tablescape): The Truck and Lemons
This is the cutest part of the tablescape! I found a little red truck and filled it with a few lemons. Aren’t the sunflowers, truck, and lemons all so cute together? They really make me smile. I know my grandsons will definitely want to play with that truck!
Happy Early Labor Day to all of you! I hope you enjoy the unofficial end-of-summer tablescape as well as the holiday.
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