Cozy, Thrifty Summer Table-scape

|

This cozy, thrifty summer table-scape was so easy to throw together yet so warm and inviting!

This cozy, thrifty summer table-scape was so easy to throw together yet so warm and inviting!

Hello friends! If you are hopping over from Bre at Rooms for Rent than welcome! Today I’m sharing a cozy, thrifty summer table-scape tips that will hopefully inspire you to have your own outdoor get together!

You can find all the details about the front of our home here, but as I was taking pictures of our backyard patio area, I realized that I have never shared it on the blog before. I’ve shown it quite a few times in my Instagram stories, but I have never felt like this area was “blog-worthy.” Isn’t that silly?

Yes, there is still so much I’d like to do out here including a shed makeover, window boxes, shutters for the windows, the list goes on and on. But when we moved in, there was nothing more than a small, 4×4 concrete slab, so we truly have come a long way, and for that I am so grateful!!

We DIY’d this entire space with the help of Mike’s parents, and I just love how the pea gravel creates that classic cottage feel. We planted simple, low maintenance plants like hosta and catmint around the tree and off the patio. I just can’t wait until everything blooms!

Let me walk you through some tips for a beautiful yet simple, low budget table. 

Cozy, Thrifty Summer Table-scape Tip #1 – Lighting

Create a cozy vibe for your outdoor space with the use of string lights!

My first tip in order to create a cozy vibe would be to incorporate lighting. We purchased these string lights to hang in the tree above the table, and I personally feel like they make our patio space so much more cozy!

Hang some string lights for a warm and cozy patio space!

l also lit some simple pillar candles to bring warmth to the table itself. Little details like lit candles can change the whole atmosphere of your space.

Candles create a cozy atmosphere for your guests as you entertain!

Lighting makes such a huge difference doesn’t it? The soft glow in the evening makes the entire space feel magical – I wanted to stay out there forever. 

Cozy, Thrifty Summer Table-scape Tip #2 – Yard Clippings

Use clippings from your yard for a beautiful center piece!

My second tip is a thrifty one – use clippings from the yard to bring life to the table! 

Use clippings from your yard for a beautiful center piece!

We have a beautiful lilac tree next to our house that is absolutely gorgeous this time of year. Why not take advantage of the lovely blooms and clip some for your table? 

Thrifty summer table ideas!

Whenever I feel like a space is lacking something, fresh blooms or stems make such a world of difference. The smell of these lilacs is just amazing – I wish you could smell them through the screen!

I chose to place my stems in a small vase that would fit inside this old, galvanized watering can. It was a windy night, so I put some large rocks inside the can to weigh it down. 

Use clippings from your yard for a beautiful center piece!

Cozy, Thrifty Summer Table-scape Tip #3 – Trays

Using trays can make summer entertaining so much easier!

My third tip for an outdoor table especially is to use trays. It makes it so much easier when you’re carrying everything out from inside! And when it’s time to pack up, you throw everything on the tray and it’s one trip instead of 5. 

Using trays can make summer entertaining so much easier!
Using trays can make summer entertaining so much easier and this thrifty, cozy summer table does just that!

33rd Floor Decor sent me these metal trays a few years ago, and I love how they contrast with our DIY rustic table. 

Using trays can make summer entertaining so much easier!

Cozy, Thrifty Summer Table-scape Tip #4 – Keep it Casual

You don't have to match things perfectly when you're creating a summer table! Mismatched items create a casual and inviting place for your guest to gather.

Another tip for creating a cozy, thrifty summer table when you’re trying to save money is to keep it casual. Don’t feel like everything has to match perfectly. 

Mismatched towels make for the perfect napkins on this thrifty and cozy table

I chose to use mismatched Ikea dishtowels for napkins, and I think they help to make everything feel less formal. 

The same goes for the tarnished silverware, the old watering can and the copper lantern. Three completely different metals yet somehow all together they feel whimsical and cohesive. 

You don't have to match things perfectly when you're creating a summer table! Mismatched items create a casual and inviting vibe! Try to be thrifty and shop second hand stores for center piece ideas!

Cozy, Thrifty Summer Table-scape Tip #5 – Shop Secondhand

Shop secondhand stores for all of your entertaining needs! You can save so much by being thrifty.

My last and final tip for creating a low budget table-scape is to check your local thrift stores for treasures!!

The lantern, plates, glassware and silverware were all second-hand finds! I also see trays and large, flat baskets at thrift stores all the time that would work so well for outdoor entertaining.

Cozy thrifty summer table ideas!

Sometimes when we have company over I think we feel as though everything has to be new and perfect. Where is the fun in that?

Cozy thrifty summer table ideas!

Thrifted treasures can sometimes be the perfect conversation starter. Think outside the box and look for items that have patina, character and warmth. 

I hope you enjoyed my cozy, thrifty summer table-scape. I have so many ideas for this space…

Cottage style patio area - create a thrifty summer table!

Can’t you just imagine our little shed with white barn doors and windows with flower boxes? Maybe a stone pathway that leads to more flower beds along it’s side and a small white pergola with climbing rose off the front?? HA!! 

A girl can dream, can’t she?? I truly am grateful for how far this space has come 🙂

DIY pea gravel patio - thrifty cozy summer table ideas!
Cottage style diy patio area

Be sure to check out all of the beautiful summer inspiration that my friends are sharing below!

What are your tips for creating a cozy summer table?

Rooms for Rent | Pine and Prospect Home | Ella Claire | Modern Glam

Maison De Cinq | Boxwood Avenue | Crazy Wonderful | Jenna Kate at Home

Willow Street Interiors | Amber Tysl | Sincerely Marie Designs | Paint Me Pink

Zevy Joy | Shabby FuFu

PIN IT FOR LATER

This cozy, thrifty summer table-scape was so easy to throw together yet so warm and inviting!

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

Similar Posts

19 Comments

  1. Pingback: Outdoor Lilac Tablescape - Rooms For Rent blog
  2. Andrea, its beautiful!! Your little table and chairs is so picturesque through those pretty pink blooms. I love all of your tips too. Outdoor lights are always so inviting and your thrift table is perfect, friend!

    1. Amanda you are so so sweet. Thank you so very much. I’m headed to your blog now! Can’t wait to see your beautiful space! 🙂

  3. What a great outdoor spot for entertaining! That tree is incredible with all the blooms around it. I want to do something similar with pea gravel, I just don’t have any trees 🙁 Thank you for the inspiration!

    1. Thank you Shelley! Yes, I love the pea gravel so much!! I’m sure that whatever you decide to do will be so beautiful 🙂

  4. Andrea this is so beautifully curated! I love the mix of metals and the florals are just incredible!

  5. What a pretty backyard and so inviting. I love how your lilac tree framed your dining area photo. I love all your ideas and how casual it all feels.

  6. It’s Simple , welcoming and perfect! A place I would love to sit with coffee in the morning , listening to the birds! Thanks for sharing!
    Mechelle

      1. Love all you did — the lights in the trees, the trays, the lilacs in the watering can, the mis-matched Ikea towels. I’m especially wow-ed by the table and chairs. Where are they from?

        You so lucky to have a lilac tree — what a heavenly scent.

        1. Hi Marie!! So we actually made the table, but I just got the chairs last year at Walmart!! 🙂 Also…thank you SO much for all of your kind words!!! 🙂

  7. Pingback: Fall Table-scape with Apple Stems and Gray Blues - Pine and Prospect Home
  8. Pingback: Easy 4th of July Table Decor & Centerpiece Idea!
  9. Pingback: Easy 4th of July Table Decor & Centerpiece Idea! - Boxwood Ave
  10. Pingback: Cottage Garden Shed Makeover - Vision and Plans - Pine and Prospect Home

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *