Have you had your first outdoor dinner party yet? Enjoying a meal outside is the best way to make the most of the summer months. When it comes to setting a summer table al fresco, you can really let your creative side shine. Inspiration can be taken from almost anything, be it the natural surroundings, a favorite color, or the flower currently in bloom.

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For my summer tabletop, I was inspired by terra cotta. The warm hue is making a comeback (you a can see more terra cotta inspo here). To create my tabletop, I paired terra cotta rimmed dishware that I found on Overstock.com with golden-hued linens, birch flatware and cut glassware with soft lines. The mixture of warm tones, pops of white and a variety of textures kept the table feeling both warm and welcoming, but also light and airy. To up the fancy factor of an outdoor place-setting a bit, all you have to do is layer your dishes. A salad plate, atop a dinner plate, atop a charger elevates an outdoor table from humdrum to holy cow. A mound of fresh flowers will also make everyone at your table feel special. Keep scrolling for all the details on how my summer table came together!

If you’re also looking for a similarly simple, yet stunning summer appetizer, I’ve got your back. The Prosciutto & Melon Toast recipe below is the perfect solution. It’s bright, vibrant, delicious and crazy easy to make! Plus I’m always partial to food that goes with my entertaining color scheme.



1 tablespoon ricotta cheese, softened
1 (1-oz.) slice whole-grain artisan bread, toasted
1 1/2 very thin prosciutto slices (about 1/2 oz.)
2 thin cantaloupe slices
Dash of black pepper

Directions: Toast your bread, spread on your ricotta, layer and enjoy!

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photography for apartment 34 by michelle drewes, florals by natasha kolenko, recipe via cooking light

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  1. gorgeous! I adore that table runner and the pops of organe.

  2. gorgeous! I adore that table runner and the pops of orange.

  3. So gorgeous! Who knew Overstock had such on-trend pieces!