Summer Citrus Party

Planning a summer party can get pretty stressful – between finding a day that works for all your friends, planning a menu and hoping the weather will cooperate. However, you can trick your guests into thinking you have it all under control by finding your inner table-setting skills to create a fresh summery table-scape.  

And what’s more appropriate to celebrate summer than citrus? The bright yellows and oranges of fruit channel the vibrant happiness of summer. 

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These lemon paper placemats scream “Summer Citrus Party” and are perfect to use as a base to create a fun, yet sophisticated tablescape. Placing these placemats on your table instantly turns it into a citrus oasis. It is as simple as that!

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These beautiful soft blue hydrangeas pick up on the placemat’s bright blue brushstrokes. And honestly, what exemplifies summer more than a table full of hydrangeas? I mean Lana del Ray even gives the flower a shout out when talking about summer in her song “Old Money.”  I also chose to use small vases - aka stemless wine glasses – to create individual arrangements. It gives the table a casual summery feel.

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I did not go all out with accessories since our placemats are a bold statement piece. I scattered some porcelain lemons around the vases, but you can easily achieve the same look by using real lemons. Just work with what you already have! There is a lot of variety when working with citrus – cut them up, use as garnish, pile in a bowl, or mix and match all different kinds.

Lucy Dean