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Pretty with Paper! Easy Summer Tablescape

Casual summer entertaining calls for minimal fuss. In my book that means melamine and paper plates. But-- I still want to keep it cute. I started with this lemon tablecloth that I have used for many occasions from Easter to Mother's Day. Here's a similar one. I love the pop of yellow against traditional red & blue for a July 4th meal.

Pattern mixing is my jam, and I picked up some paper plates and napkins at Aldi to add into my themed table setting. These trellis blue & white melamine dinner plates are sold out, but I found some great options that could work just as easily. I love to stack a smaller salad/dessert plate on top of my dinner plates as this gives my table settings interest. I've gathered some great options to mix and match to help you pull off a similar look.


Nautical melamine dinner plates

Red gingham paper plates


Blue Willow dinner plates (These are ceramic, but they are dishwasher & microwave safe!)

Red gingham paper plates


Blue & white gingham melamine dinner plates

Red stripe paper plates

(Below) I finished off the look with some natural starfish and other seashells and colored straws. I cut some knock-out roses and hibiscus from our backyard, and grouped them into smaller glass vases for an simple centerpiece. Easy peasy!

Additional Sources:

Mexican Glassware

Glass Pitcher

Personalized Melamine Crab Platter

Round Lemon Tablecloth

Gold Flatware

Colored straws

Natural starfish


Who says casual has to be boring??! Here's to summer entertaining with ease by using paper and melamine plates. You'll thank me when it's time to clean up!

XO, JuJu

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