16 Summer Table Ideas Inspired by Coastal Living Covers

A beach umbrella centerpiece, cabana-striped tablecloths, tropical foliage in sea glass vases, and more genius entertaining ideas from the Coastal Living Designer Network.

You only turn 20 once, right? Lucky for us, our friends at Habersham, a traditional new development neighborhood near Beaufort, South Carolina (and a Coastal Living Community), threw us the ultimate birthday bash. Although there were many highlights—the spectacular Lowcountry setting, a cocktail hour complements of Toadfish Outfitters and Gentry Bourbon, music from Sugarcane Jane, and a fabulous roster of reader guests with whom we mixed and mingled all night—the real stars of the show were the tables themselves. Sixteen of them, in fact, created by brilliant designers (many of whom are members of the Coastal Living Designer Network) and inspired by our past covers. Read on for gorgeous table decor ideas and more highlights from the evening.

Table 1: Stars and Stripes

Designer: Kathryn Lott, Coastal Living
Cover: May 2017
Inspired by the flag on the back of the Barton & Gray boat, Lott lined the table with and red-striped paper and blue-and-white Chinese lanterns. Succulents potted in shells and small containers add a pop of green.

Table 2: Summer Sunshine

Designer: Lauren DeLoach Interiors, Atlanta
Cover: May 2016
A soft yellow checked tablecloth and yellow flowers arranged in a mix of sky blue vases mimic the palette of this beach cottage mudroom, while woven chargers and bamboo chairs pick up on the room’s natural accents.

Table 3: Blue Loves Green

Designer: Anne Hagerty Interiors, Savannah, Georgia
Cover: April 2009
To re-create the range of watery and sky hues captured in this image, Hagerty topped the table with a blue-and-white shibori tablecloth. Tropical leaves tucked into simple sea glass vases are a nod to the Bermuda cottage’s blue-green paint color.

Table 4: Golden Hour

Designer: Plat du Jour, Beaufort, SC
Cover: April 2016
Festive paper place mats and streamer-trimmed fans in a yellow-and-white Chinoiserie pattern (from Plat du Jour’s line) called for the ultimate simple centerpiece: lemons scattered along a “runner” made of tropical leaves.

Table 5: Rustic Romance

Designer: Abode Fine Home Furnishings, Bluffton, SC
Cover: May/June 1998
Casual meets elegant on this table, topped with a white linen tablecloth, metal candelabra, and stone pots filled with spring branches and flowers.

Table 6: Patriotic Picnic

Designer: Tracery Interiors, Rosemary Beach
Cover: July/August 2013
We hereby pledge allegiance to this simple stunner: a centerpiece composed of pinwheels and flags tucked into terra-cotta pots that brim with summer nostalgia.

Table 7: Black Beauty

Designer: Sandra Erickson, Charleston, SC
Cover: March 1999
The key to lightening up black for summer? A burlap runner, pearl-trimmed napkin rings, and fluffy white hydrangeas tucked into lime-filled glass hurricanes.

Table 8: Tropical Glamour

Designer: Scout Southern Market, Beaufort, SC
Cover: February 2010
Pops of pink—from the napkins to the simple cut flowers strewn down the center of the table—don’t go too sweet, thanks to smoky glass hurricanes and a whole lot of white.

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Table 9: Dune Buggy

Designer: DiFiore & Partners, Beaufort, SC
Cover: June 2016
DiFiore & Partners created a beachy foundation for this table by draping it in burlap and setting it with woven chargers. Grass “planted” in sand and accented with blue and white flowers transform the sandy-hued table into a dune-like scene.

Table 10: Bright Stripes

Designer: Catherine Paterson Interiors, Charleston, SC
Cover: January/February 2017
Nothing says “seaside chic” quite like stripes, especially when accented with woven chargers and brilliant white orchids. Bellisimo!

Table 11: Cabana Time

Designer: Plum Productions, Habersham, SC
Cover: July/August 2015
Bright blooms, rope-handled lanterns, and a sunny cloth channel a summer day by the sea.

Table 12: Pretty in Pink

Designer: Johnson Vann Interiors, St. Simons, GA
Cover: March 2007
The cover reads, “pretty & pink,” and Johnson Vann followed suit! Cabana stripes and sea blue accents (those candles!) bring the 10-year-old scene to life.

Table 13: Greens and Views

Designer: J. Banks, Hilton Head, SC
Cover: September 2016
Sage green leaves and cool citrus are pure Malibu. Low centerpieces echo the cover’s view to the horizon.

Table 14: Surf’s Up!

Designer: Haley Spaulding
Cover: July/August 2012
Spaulding’s exuberant florals and shimmering details have all the spirit of a top-down, hair-in-the-wind beach road trip.

Table 15: Fresh Catch

Designer: Grace W Kaynor Designs, New Orleans
Cover: October 2016
Chairs and votives wrapped in netting and dotted with sea life make a fitting tribute to our graphic 2016 Food Issue cover.

Table 16: Fin-tastic

Designer: M Home, Beaufort, SC
Cover: April 2016
Inspired by the soft sand, gentle waves, and sunset light, M Home created a vision in blue and gold.

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