How to create a seasonal tablescape

Large Chester Dove Grey trestle table is big enough for experimenting with seasonal tablescapes
Our Chester Dove Grey large trestle table is designed with large family gatherings in mind and can comfortably seat up to eight people

As we relish the news that friends and family can join us around the dining table for lunch or a BBQ in the garden, we want to savour these moments of togetherness this summer. To make every gathering – whether it’s a long overdue date night or celebratory birthday lunch with friends – all the more special.

So we’re sharing a few ideas for creating a beautiful, seasonal, tablescape – whatever the occasion.


Adding foliage and flower sprays can really help to bring a tablescape together. It’s a brilliant nod to the season too. Dried flowers create a lovely atmosphere during the autumnal months with their neutral tones, while greenery, whites and pinks work wonderfully for this time of year. Try bringing in scented cut flowers like roses and sweet peas – or aromatic pots of rosemary and lavender.

Coloured glassware and bud vases bring texture and seasonality to tablescapes
Coloured glassware adds seasonality to tablescapes, while foliage brings a gentle nod to nature

Our new collection of faux flowers make a lovely and long-lasting display that can be used throughout the summer months too.

Reuse old jam jars and bud vases, or this pretty set of 3 vases, for smaller posies. Our large recycled vases – with their tall, narrow necks – are perfect for bigger, wilder bouquets. If you’re arranging a long table setting – around a trestle dining table, for example – you could try dotting smaller arrangements down the middle. That way, guests can still see and talk to one another comfortably.

Wild flowers add informality to summer tablescapes
Cotton napkins bring a more luxurious and sustainable element to table settings

Coloured glassware offers a lovely way to inject a little colour to your gatherings this summer. You could mix and match with faux flower stems for a bolder display or opt for simplicity with plenty of foliage gathered from your garden or local hedgerows.

Handmade in Portugal, our new tableware collection – available in white and grey ceramic – complements schemes both bold and muted. For more formal gatherings, try layering your crockery by size. Or, for more informal occasions, a napkin tied with a seasonal flower stem (why not try a sprig of lavender for summer) adds a welcoming feel. Our new solid stainless steel cutlery range will make a classic addition to your table setting too.

A simple, more informal tablescape works for outdoor gatherings
Our outdoor garden furniture sets offer the perfect setting for al fresco gatherings

You might choose to keep your table top bare, especially if it’s got a beautiful wood grain worthy of display. Or, you could add individual placemats. If you’re planning on placing floral displays and hot dishes along the middle, a table runner would work well. This not only brings a little texture to your tablescape but added protection too. For full coverage, our 100% cotton tablecloths can be used inside or out and come in a selection of summery shades – including this lovely moss green.


While the days are longer during the summer months, garden lighting adds a warmth to evening gatherings.

A simple tablescape featuring our beautiful new tableware from Portugal
Perfect for sharing – our new tableware collection is made in Portugal

Our solar festoon lights are perfect for hanging above tables or along outside walls. Try tealights in glass candle holders to add intimacy to a smaller tablescape. For bigger parties, large pillar candles in hurricane vases or lanterns make a statement. Scented candles add another layer of ambiance too. Try ‘Seaweed and Samphire’ from our Plum and Ashby collection for a fresh and seasonal scent.


With thoughts of delicious salads for sharing and spontaneous picnics on sunshine-filled days, we’ve commissioned a menu of seasonal recipes. Easy to prepare and perfect for gatherings. You’ll find our Roasted pepper, spinach and creamy burrata salad with grapefruit vinaigrette recipe on our blog now.

We’d love to see your tablescapes this summer with our beautiful new tableware, glassware or faux flowers. Share them with us on Instagram using #cotswoldco.



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