Looking for simple summer entertaining ideas? Here are my favorite recipes, table settings, DIYs, outdoor dining ideas and so much more.

Just in case no one else mentioned it?

Summer, you are amazing.

There’s no other season quite like you. I was sitting outside yesterday with my feet in the green grass and my face turned toward the sun with blue clouds floating by sprinkled with flocks of birds in the summer sky and I started thinking of all my favorite things about summer.

And decorating.

And entertaining.

And celebrating long lazy days and all the summer things.

So today?

Today I’m sharing 21 of my favorite entertaining things about summer. Yep. My favorite recipes. My favorite table settings. My favorite centerpieces. My favorite quick and easy decorating ideas.

All my favorites, all the time.

Are you ready for the gold medal summer list?

Here are all my favorite summer entertaining ideas put into categories just for you.

My favorite summer entertaining desserts

For me? I’m not a cook. So summer for us involves grilling some sort of something outside, chopping up vegetables and tossing lettuce into a bowl.

And then?

Rewarding yourself with dessert.

Especially if you can make it ahead and not turn on a hot oven.

Here are three of my favorite no-bake desserts.

And the easiest recipe for peach sweet tea.

Cherry Cheesecake Recipe

CHERRY CHEESECAKE IN A JAR

click here for the no-bake recipe

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CRUNCH BAR

click here for the no bake recipe

ICE BOX CAKE IN A JAR

click here for the no bake recipe

SIMPLE PEACH SWEET TEA RECIPE

click here for the no bake recipe

My favorite summer centerpieces

Summer centerpieces are the easiest to put together.

Mostly because I just shop my yard.

I use tree branches and flowers that are in season and ivy and whatever else the yard decides to put on sale.

Looking for a simple summer entertaining ideas for the table?

Here are four of my favorite.

summer entertaining centerpieces

EMBROIDERY HOOP CENTERPIECE

see the tutorial for the centerpiece here

GROCERY STORE FLOWERS CENTERPIECE

see the rest of the dining room here

DOUGH BOWL FULL OF FLOWERS

see the rest of the dining room here

SIMPLE SUMMER CENTERPIECE WITH SCOTCH TAPE

see the rest of the dining room here

My favorite summer entertaining dining room DIY’s

Sometimes the dining room needs a little refresh.

Nothing fancy.

Nothing that takes away from an afternoon nap and a really good book. Just simple summer projects to make your summer entertaining easier—most that you can complete in under an hour.

Here are five of my favorite.

summer entertaining diy

HOW TO COVER A BUTTON

click here for the DIY

SIMPLE POM POM PILLOW FOR YOUR DINING CHAIRS

click here for the DIY

HOW TO MAKE A DIY CHARGER

click here for the DIY

DIY MONOGRAMMED BURLAP VASE

click here for the tutorial

DIY TOPIARY WITH REAL IVY

click here to see the tutorial

My favorite outdoor dining ideas

There’s nothing like eating outside on a summer evening.

It makes everything taste fancier.

Every gas station pizza.

Looking for a simple outdoor dining ideas?

Here are four of my favorite.

BLUE AND WHITE OUTDOOR DINING

click here to see the rest of the table ideas

GRAY AND WHITE OUTDOOR DINING

click here to see the rest of dining ideas

BRIGHT AND COLORFUL OUTDOOR SEATING

see the rest of the outdoor seating here

BLACK AND WHITE OUTDOOR SEATING

click here to see the rest of the post

My favorite ways to decorate for summer for FREE

Let’s talk FREE decorating.

Yep.

My favorite subject.

Ever in the history of ever.

Looking for some free summer decorating ideas?

Here are four of my favorite.

SHOP YOUR YARD

see how to decorate with branches here

SHOP YOUR REFRIGERATOR

add a bowl full of apples to the countertop

SHOP YOUR DISCARDED BRANCHES

click here to make this simple twig vase

SHOP YOUR CLOSETS

click here to make these spray painted baskets

Whew.

That was a LOT of ideas.

21 ideas to be exact.

I hope your summer is full of projects and decorating and entertaining ideas just like these.

I hope your summer is full of lazy days and lightning bugs and really good books.

But most of all?

I hope your summer is full of blue skies and sunshine.

And now? Here are a few more summer decorating ideas from some of my favorites.

Summer Flower Arrangement From The Garden

A Simple Summer Tablescape for Casual Dining

Summer Dinner Ideas

Easy Summer Dining Table

Summer Dining In The Garden

Goat Cheese Appetizer Board

Lemons and Wild Daisies Tablescape

Summer Table Settings

Romantic Outdoor Table Setting

5 Tips For Easy Summer Entertaining

Easy Summer Dining Tips

Easy Ideas For Outdoor Summer Dining

21 Simple Summer Table Decorating Ideas

Lake View Summer Tablescape

Simple Summer Table

An Easy Summer Dinner on the Patio

Want to know how to decorate your home for free?
Click here to get my FIVE BEST secrets.

Comments

  1. Image for Margaret Mills Margaret Mills

    Wow, you overdid yourself today! This is a week’s worth of ideas and cuteness. I am so grateful that a friend dropped your blog/website to me several years ago-it’s my first read and laugh of the day after my morning Bible reading. Thanks so much for sharing your talent, humor, creativity, family, and joy with us!

  2. Image for Michele M Michele M

    Thank you for ALL the inspiration - and such eye candy! Helps me want to get busy! And I am not embarrassed to tell you that I actually drooled on my keyboard when I saw your peanut butter crunch bars - I think they'd be great year round for sure. Right now all my peanut butter goes to making suet squares for my zillions of birds. They don't call us Finch Rest for nuttin!! <----I know you love a good pun. Hugs.

  3. Image for Maria Maria

    You are an absolute wealth of information!!! I learn somethin with every blog post I read. And next I will have to make the cheesecake in a jar:) Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!

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