Summer Tablecloths: Cotton Tablecloths For Easy Summer Style

Saffron Marigold - Updated: June 13, 2024

From cookouts and clambakes to easy dinners made from farmer’s market finds, summer entertaining invites a relaxed atmosphere, and our handcrafted summer tablecloths make setting the table as easy and lovely as a summer breeze! We’re sharing our summer table linens today along with our 5 essential tips for creating the perfect summer table setting.

summer tablecloths and red, white, and blue cupcakes

The simple act of covering the table with one of our block printed cotton tablecloths is dressed up enough for some during this casual, kickin’ it back kind of season. With stunning summer sunsets, the scent of the grill firing up, and a crisp glass of rose in hand, it’s time to relax.

blue and white outdoor summer tablecloths on deck with wine

And with that, setting your summer table should feel as easy and breezy as a summer wind. In other words, you don’t need to go through a lot of fuss to create a gorgeous summer table setting. Since you can use our cotton cloth tablecloths indoors or outdoors, they’re a wonderful choice for your summer get-togethers.

Simply laying one of our rectangle table cloths across a picnic table heightens the mood of a simple meal! However, if the mood strikes or the occasion calls for it, you might want to pull out a few choice accessories to get your summer shindigs underway. Shall we?

Tropical summer tablecloths, tiki torches, & luaus

For a summer party that bursts with summer sweetness, think tropical!

white and blue summer tablecloth outdoors

Summer tablecloths in sunny shades create instant tropical table decor while a blue floral tablecloth brings a sense of blue Hawaii to life. Try any of these tropical tablecloths or summer table runners for tropical-themed summer parties.

Rectangular Tablecloths

Coastal summer tablecloths for cookouts & clambakes

Whether you live oceanside or just wish that you did, let your love of the water inspire beautiful coastal table decor.

Pacific Blue ~ Ocean Inspired Asian Navy Blue Tablecloth

Top your table with a navy blue coastal tablecloth or blue table runner. Add plenty of white accents and include touches of taupe or red accents for a classic coastal look. And if you’re thinking of having a summer picnic, our lightweight cotton Indian bedspreads are perfect for spreading out and enjoying a meal on the lawn or at the beach.

Blue & White Tablecloths

Vintage summer table runners bring back memories

Our original designs carry an air of timeless vintage beauty, making them perfect summer tablecloths. After all, summertime is filled with sweet nostalgia. 

If you like the look of vintage tablecloths, consider our 100% cotton summer tablecloths in vintage-inspired patterns. For a casual look, smooth a vintage table runner down the center of your table for a summer table setting that summons warm afternoons, glorious sunsets, and happy days.

Floral Table Runners

Beach table runners for relaxed, boho style

From picnics and swimming to shell collecting and bonfires, the beach points the way to so many summer moments. Our summer table runners lend themselves perfectly to casual beach house style.

photo: Belinda Fewings

Cassablanca Blues captures the colors of the ocean, while Vanilla Glace nods to sugar-soft sand. Serve up refreshing drinks and snackable bites alongside your beachy table runner.

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5 essential tips to creating a summer table setting

Gather tasty treats, a few friends, some cool drinks, and your favorite summer tablecloths to entertain in cool summer style. You might just love decorating for each season, or you might be hosting a small summer gathering.

Either way, you’ll want to include a few summer table decorations. Here are a few easy ways to set a beautiful summer table.

summer tablecloths with shells centerpiece

1. Colorful tableware for colorful summer tablecloths

Bring your summer table al fresco, and remember to use dishes that won’t break or break the bank! Sturdy dinnerware is the name of the game for outdoor dining, for families with children, or for worry-free entertaining at an outdoor summer party!  Today’s melamine options make a great choice for your summer tablescape. 


Ellen Merchant Melamine Dinner plate

Choose from three different patterns ripe with summer colors–they’re all right at home on a summer tablecloth!

Pottery Barn

Fortessa La Jolla Dinnerware Set

A translucent blue works well with all summer table settings from lunch on the deck to Fourth of July cookouts.


2. Summer centerpieces with candles and flowers

If a selection of dishes made with summer’s choice produce isn’t enough of a centerpiece for your gathering, then reach for flowers. They’re not just for your spring table settings or holidays, after all! Just snipping a few blossoms from your garden and placing them in an elegant vase makes the summer table setting special. 

floral pattern blue and white tablecloth at an outdoor table setting

A fresh bouquet has to be the easiest summer table decoration ever. And an elegant summer table setting calls for an abundant mix of fresh flowers!

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Wild About U

A rustic bouquet from a sustainable farm makes for a meaningful centerpiece. Plus, replant it afterwards for a lasting reminder of your summertime celebration.

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Sapphire Seas ~ Hand-Painted Pillar Candles

There’s no such thing as too many candles! Group together these pillar candles to cast a warm glow over your meal.


3. Cloth napkins for cool summer style

Functional and beautiful, cotton dinner napkins are a smart, eco-friendly choice—and nothing says style better than a table set with cloth napkins.

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Pacific Blue Cloth Dinner Napkins

Cloth napkins with a shell pattern always feel summery. What’s more, cloth napkins are a chic choice, and this shade of blue looks all at once classic, coastal, and tropical.

Orange summer cloth napkins lay upon beautiful orange summer tablecloths
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Indian Summer Orange Cloth Napkins

Our Indian Summer print captures the magic of longer days and summer sunsets. You’ll love using them in the summer and year-round!


4. Wrap your cloth napkins in rings

Charming napkin rings add to your summer table decor and take the guesswork out of complicated napkin folding. It’s adding little touches like these that make your summer tablescapes all the more special.

Beautiful Boho Design

Macrame Leaf Napkin Ring

A set of napkin rings like this goes perfectly with any nautical or coastal style table—they’re an unexpected pop of color with a boho twist!

Photograph of wooden bead napkin rings to demonstrate how to decorate summer tablecloths for maximum style impact
Allegria Rose Handmade

Beaded Wood Tassel Napkin Rings

Made from solid wood and featuring a fun beaded tassel, this style of napkin ring is natural, summery, and tropical.


5. Top your summer table with sweet treats  

Even if you’re serving giant slices of watermelon, you can also treat your guests to desserts that feature summer flavors.

If you don’t want to turn the oven on to bake a cherry pie or peach cobbler, and if ice cream seems too messy, then order one of these delightful treats.

Eli’s Cheesecake

Vegan Lemon Raspberry “Cheesecake” Cuties

These tiny bites of deliciousness celebrate raspberries and lemons—fruits fresh from the vine!

Caroline’s Cakes

7-Layer Coconut Cloud

Fresh coconut filling sandwiched between seven even layers of sponge cake sounds like a dream!


Are you dreaming of your ideal summer menu and wondering how you’ll set your summer table? It all starts with the right table linens!

Be sure to read our summer series for tips and ideas to inspire your summer decorating–or even to bring about a summery feeling all year long.

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