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Outdoor summer dining ideas with flowers and vintage finds

summer flowers and lace with vintage items on wood table

Get ideas for creating a simple summer dining table with glass bottles,
flowers, and vintage pieces. 

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Today I’m joining some vintage decor loving friends to give you ideas on how
to create a beautiful summer dining table. It’s organized by my sweet and
talented friend Cindy at County Road 407 . 

If you’re just coming over from Cindy’s, welcome! I always love how she
decorates her home. Be sure to hop over there if you haven’t seen her post
for this challenge yet. 

Cindy found an inspiration image from Karen at Sanctuary Home Decor
and we’re all sharing our interpretation of it. Karen has such a beautiful
style and I actually featured her home as part of my Beautiful Home Tours a
couple of years ago.

You can see that post here:
Rustic, Elegant Farmhouse Tour and you can see the post with the inspiration photo and all of her gorgeous details here: Summer Table with Glass Bottle Centerpiece

Here’s the inspiration for today’s post:

The main design elements I see here are:

  • Centerpiece with glass bottles
  • Pink and white flowers
  • Casual rustic setting
  • Wood cutting board
  • Metal candlesticks
  • Lace table linens
  • White pitchers in hutch seen in background

Now you can see how I interpreted her stunning summer table using things from my home. I already had everything except the fresh lavender and flowers that I picked up from the farmers’ market.

Most of my things are from estate sales, rummage sales, yard sales, and thrift stores. You can also find similar vintage items on esty and eBay.

1. Glass bottles as vases

Faux hydrangeas in glass bottles

I tend to hang on to clear glass bottles that are interesting, so I used some of those to recreate the look of her centerpiece. The bottles with the swing-top lids look like vintage French bottles to me.

They were filled with lemonade when I bought them. And I just might have bought them more for the bottle than the lemonade, lol. 

2. Pink and White Flowers

faux hydrangeas in glass bottles with vintage lace

Karen used fresh peonies in her glass bottles, but my peonies finished blooming several weeks ago so I used some faux hydrangeas from my online shop. I also added some faux peonies to the table but I didn’t add them to the bottles. 

3. Casual Rustic Setting

vintage wicker basket with quilt and hydrangeas

Our deck is too small for a large dining table, but it definitely has the casual rustic feeling there. I have an old gateleg table that stays out here all the time. And the old weathered mantel adds to the rustic vibe out here.

I added a vintage picnic basket, an antique quilt, and a few faux white hydrangeas to dress up the area a bit. 

4. Wood Cutting Board

vintage brass candlesticks and fresh flowers

Adding a cutting board to your table is a great way to add some texture and a little height to the setting. I used this small wood cheese board from my shop and placed some flowers that I picked up from the farmers’ market on it. 

5. Metal Candlesticks

vintage lace linens and flowers on a summer dining table

Karen used silver candlesticks, but I added some vintage brass candlesticks that I found at the thrift store a couple of years ago. Adding a metal element to the glass, wood, and textiles just gives the setting another layer of texture and sparkle. 

6. Lace Table Linens

vintage linen napkins and lace tablecloth

The table in the inspiration photo has ruffled placemats and linen napkins. For my version, I added a vintage Venice lace tablecloth and some vintage linen napkins with a crocheted edge from my stash.

7. White Stoneware Pitchers

vintage white pitchers and flowers with lace on table

The inspiration photo has a vintage hutch with some white stoneware pitchers in it, so I thought it would be fun to put some of my vintage white ironstone pitchers on the mantel ledge. It adds to the vintage, casual look.

She also used some light pink dinnerware, which I didn’t have anything close to, so I added some pieces of my vintage white swirl ironstone collection including a teapot and some dishes. 

vintage white ironstone teapot with vintage linens
vintage mantel with white pitchers, old basket with antique quilt

Now head over to see how Michelle at The Painted Hinge interpreted our inspiration photo. If you love vintage items and pretty decor, you’ll adore her style! 

And here are all of the posts in this month’s challenge! 

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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To see more of my tablescape ideas, visit these posts:

Patriotic Table With Vintage Thrift Store Dishes

Spring Tablescape with Peonies and Pink Depression Glass

Natural, Rustic Spring Tablescape

Natural, Rustic Christmas Tablescape

outdoor summer dining ideas with flowers and vintage finds


  1. What a beautiful and inspiring post. I love that you created such a sweet area making a perfect mini picnic area.

  2. Angie! I love how you took all the different elements of the inspiration photo and incorporated them all into your gorgeous tablescape! I love all the pastels you used and the quilt in the basket is the perfect finishing touch. Well done!

  3. Angie, you are the tablescape queen! I love all of your vintage touches. That lace really sets the tone and says it's a special place. Thank you for joining in. I always enjoy your posts and creativity. Pinned

  4. As always, your Pinterest Challenge is just lovely! Those hydrangeas look so real, and I love all the pastels! Pinned (and I think your link to the Painted Hinge is broken… the right one is in the Inlinkz code)

  5. Angie, I love your beautiful table with all the glasses of flowers, the vintage china (I have a creamer and sugar bowl in that swirled creamware pattern) and beautiful lace linens… I love the light you have at your home, too! Makes everything even more ethereal!!

    Enjoy your pretty patio,
    Barb 🙂

  6. You have such a great porch and everything you arrange always looks so inviting. I especially love the tablecloth, napkins and of course the ironstone pitchers!

  7. This is so romantic and pretty, Angie:) Love the mix of flowers, the quilts, the old gateleg table, and the vintage! These hops make it obvious that you ladies are my people!

  8. I love all of your feminine touches, Angie! It is romantic, like Lora said. The lace and dainty spoons alongside the hydrangeas are so lovely.

  9. You have created such a beautiful table Angie! I loved everything about it. I have been on the hunt for lace linens and now after seeing yours, I really want some. Beautiful Ironstone pitchers as well.

  10. Angie,
    This is all so romantically cottage! The combination of flowers is just so pretty. You totally outdid yourself on this challenge!

  11. Angie, what a beautiful combination of vintage items you used to create this lovely table. I love all your pretty bottles. The lace tablecloth is a treasure.The touch of pink in the flowers and a soft feminine feel. Love the picnic basket, too. I so enjoy seeing what you created.

  12. Angie, your vintage table is so pretty and perfect for summer! I love milkglass, so your tablesetting made my heart flipflop a bit!
    -Niky @ The House on Silverado

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