Playful Summer Table Beach Decor

Bring the fun to your summer table with some patterns, bright colors, and summertime accessories.


  • One look at this cute little guy and I knew I had the inspiration for a fun summertime tablescape. Polka dots, brilliant blue and sunshine yellow work together perfectly to create a feeling of fun! And though you can use him as inspiration for any beachy party, we particularly love the ideas here for a baby shower.

  • The little duck has his place of honor on the table, surrounded by candles, flowers, lemon cupcakes, and saltwater taffy. It doesn't get much better than this!

  • A summer greeting card propped on an easel helps define this space and create a happy focal point for the tablescape. Like small pieces of artwork, stationary can be used to tie into your theme and decorate an entry way, a coffee table, or the party table itself.

  • Shop your craft store for wooden embellishments to turn a regular vase into a vase customized for your celebration. A wooden sandbucket tied to the neck of this vase coordinates with the party theme and colors.

  • There are lots of embellished drinking straws in the party section of the stores. You can make your own too by creating decorative flags and adhering them to the top of the straw. It's a quick, inexpensive, and fun way to bring more of the party drama to your table.

  • If your party is poolside, hang a colorful beach bag or a paper lantern from the towel rack. It visually extends the party space.

  • Beachballs floating in the pool create the perfect ambience for your poolside party. They provide color and movement, and sometimes, it seems, a choreographed dance. How's that for entertainment?

  • The perfect summertime party favor? Why, a bag of saltwater taffy, of course! Cut the top of a colored lunch bag with scalloped scissors and fill the bag with taffy. Fold the top down and tie a ribbon at the top. Add a fun sticker to the bag or create a graphic with your guests names on it.

  • It's summertime and the table is set to celebrate. Come on over!

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