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
Blue Willow dinner plates (These are ceramic, but they are dishwasher & microwave safe!)
Blue & white gingham melamine dinner 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!
Personalized Melamine Crab Platter
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!
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