When the weather warms up, it’s time to head outside for dinner. Find inspiration in this summer tablescape: Keep it casual and consider using melamine for your dinnerware. It’s inexpensive and just about kid proof. And like cloth napkins, it can be used over and over again, saving money in the long run. If you don’t have enough of one napkin color, mix and match colors. Cover your folding table or picnic table with a cloth. If you don’t have a tablecloth big enough, try using a sheet or washable piece of fabric.
Clip a few flowers and stems of greenery from your yard for your centerpiece. Arrange them in a large glass jar or several small jars instead of a vase. Blooming or green vines can also add a botanical touch to the table. Have some fresh lemonade already poured to quench the thirst of your guests.