Looking for ways to throw a summer dinner party? Here are 5 simple dinner party ideas for your next summer gathering.

I love a good summer dinner party don’t you?

It’s so fun to kick back, relax, spend time with friends and family.

And there’s just something about summer that fosters a more relaxed atmosphere.

Am I right?

This Month’s Virtual Dinner Party

Each month my friends and I from all over the country get together for a virtual supper club.

Have you ever done a supper club before?

If not, you can learn about how to do one HERE.

For this month’s virtual dinner group, my friends and I are celebrating a summer dinner party with a gorgeous summer tablescape.

And you can see the full menu HERE.

If you are stopping by from Michele’s at Vintage Home Designs, welcome!

Michele has a gorgeous home and I love how creative she is!

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Summer dinner party ideas

Summer Dinner Party Ideas for the Table

I love a beautiful tablescape, don’t you?

To me a well-dressed table makes a home and gathering feel more cozy, welcoming, and inviting.

Now that beautiful weather, warm temps, and summer breezes are upon us here in NJ, we love to enjoy as many meals outside as we can.

For this summer dinner party, I’m throwing a garden party.

It’s super simple to create.

And the best part?

You can use what you have on hand to design it.

Summer Dinner Party Ideas

Keep Your Guests Cool

I love to enjoy outdoor dining in summer.

But I do not love sweltering in the heat and humidity.

If you are throwing a dinner party outside in summer, it is SO IMPORTANT to cool the area down and help guests feel more comfortable.

There’s nothing worse than getting all dolled up for a party and then soaking through your clothes with sweat.

Summer Dinner Party Ideas

If the outdoor dining space is not located under a covered area, consider adding a temporary solution to provide shade.

Like a market umbrella or a pop-up tent.

But I’m all about adding something a little more permanent for our outdoor dining spaces to keep the area cool for guests and for me!

Because let’s face it, if we make a space comfortable, we’ll use it so much more.

Adding a gazebo like this one was the perfect solution to our sweltering deck.

It made all the difference for us.

We went from rarely using our deck, to living out here all summer long.

Now that we are keeping the entertaining area cool for guests, let’s decorate the table for a summer party.

Summer dinner party ideas

Decorating the Table for a Summer Dinner Party

With every tablescape, I love to start with a gorgeous centerpiece that inspires the whole table.

Since we are dining outside under the gazebo with lots of plants and flowers, I added this beautiful vintage crate with these real touch faux peonies and eucalyptus.

Why am I using faux outdoors?

Because I didn’t have much to cut from the garden just yet to make an arrangement.

Summer Dinner Party Ideas

I love the rustic wood of my farmhouse table so I like to keep it exposed when dressing up my tables.

In lieu of using a tablecloth, I used this beautiful jute table runner to add an organic textured layer to the table.

I then added some old watering cans and some terracotta pots with more faux flowers as part of the centerpiece.

Summer Dinner Party Ideas

For each table setting, I started with cedar branch placemats that I got from Pier 1.

As an aside, I don’t think they sell these anymore.

Sad I know because I use them in almost every tablescape I create!

I love the garden-style vibe they add.

For the next layer, I added these rustic rattan chargers.

I love how they look with the cedar branch placemats and my dinnerware. It’s such a pretty combination.

Then I topped each charger with dinnerware like these together with pretty green linen napkins.

As an added touch, I added a cute birds nest to each table setting.

Summer Dinner Party Ideas

And with a gorgeous table and beautiful outdoor setting, be sure to add some ambiance with string lights and lanterns.

I love the pretty glow of string lights like these and draped them under our gazebo.

There are lots of ways to hang them too.

If you don’t have electricity running to an outdoor living space in your yard, consider adding solar lights with this method.

After the Dinner

At the end of a fun summer dinner party, it’s nice to enjoy a cozy night in front of the fire pit.

Don’t you agree?

We have a gas fire pit conversation area on our lower deck.

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And another fire pit area where we can burn real wood.

Depending on the evening, we may use one or the other, or both!

Do you have a fire pit area too?

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Thanks for dropping by my garden party today.

Next up on the summer tablescape hop for our virtual dinner club is Jen from Midwest Life and Style.

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Follow the Rest of the Summer Dinner Party Tour

Check out the rest of my virtual supper club’s summer dinner party ideas.

Click on the blog name below to see the posts.

Michele from Vintage Home Designs

tablescape with peaches in a white bowl and brass candlesticks

Anne and Ann Marie from Simply 2 Moms

white farmhouse dining room tablescape, white hutch with black painted interior, and numbered chair seats

Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse

cottage tablescape with wood lantern and dainty blue and pink floral plates

Jen from Midwest Life and Style

peach place setting with peach and white flower arrangement and basket of peaches

Pin and Save It For Later

cottage outdoor dining table under gazebo canopy with fabric sides and pretty pink hanging baskets
Easy Summer Dinner Party Ideas

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  3. Stacy,
    Your table looks great. I love all your outdoor tips for dining. The gazebo is a great idea.
    I love doing these together. I get so much inspiration!

    1. Your table looks beautiful Stacy, and I just love all of your outdoor spaces!

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  6. How gorgeous, Stacy! The ambiance is beautiful, and I love the florals and wooden box you used for your centerpiece. What a great place to enjoy some summer meals. Pinned!

  7. Love all your gorgeous outdoor spaces Stacy! And your tablescape is just so pretty! So much fun to do these together every month. 🙂

  8. Adding that arbor to the deck was genius and it makes everything seem so cozy. Being able to add hanging plants takes it over-the-top beautiful. Always love the idea of using what you already have too. Enjoy, it looks amazing!

    1. Thank you Cindy! It was a total game-changer for us – we were barely using the deck before! Isn’t that a shame?

  9. Beutiful table, love the wicker chairs. We love our patio but no covering. So we often drag the table into the backyard to set under the spreading branches of one of our trees. Very relaxing and harkens to a time gone by

  10. Stacy,

    I can picture myself having an enjoyable dinner in all your beautiful spaces. Thanks for sharing. Happy Memorial Day!

  11. I always love when you ladies all get together and share your tables and recipes, Stacy.

  12. Stacy, you have such a lovely spot for an alfresco dining table! Here in Florida, we have just about reached the end our our outdoor dining season. The heat and humidity along with the rainstorms will chase us inside until October, except for the occasional break in the weather! Enjoy your summer!

    1. Thank you SO much Chloe! I love dining outdoors – it’s so fun. I bet it gets so hot there in summer! Not sure why but most of my visits to Florida have been in summer. I need to visit during the winter don’t I? xo