Welcome Summer with a Tropical Tablescape

Living in Florida, a tropical tablescape is a perfect fit!  Palmettos are grow like weeds in every little space they can take ahold. Therefore an early morning stroll turned into foliage gathering session for this summer tablescape.  Honestly, my backyard is about to turn into a mud pit before it becomes a swimming pool and a lovely special spot for dining and styling tables!  That means any of the plants in my backyard are free for me to cut down!  I may as well use them before the equipment comes in and bulldozes them away. 

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I love a theme for a dinner party. This tropical theme is so apropo for Florida, particularly in the summertime. I let my theme guide not just my tablescape, but my invitation if there is one, and also my menu. This table calls for some Kalua Pork, Coconut Shrimp and wonderful rice. Now I am ready to cook again!

Palm print dinner plates

The napkin rings I selected are not necessarily tropical, but I thought the color and texture of these chrysanthemum bloom rings coordinated so well with the look I was going for. Layering two different colored napkins is a great way to add different colors to your tablescape. I selected an olive green and brown in keeping with the natural look of this table.

Tropical inspired tablescape

Driftwood styled chargers sat upon Monstera leaf placemats.  I topped the chargers with tropical foliage print dinner plates.  Clear salad plates added another layer without covering the pattern of the leaves on the dinner plates.

Overhead shot of tropical tablescape
Bamboo handle flatware

The perfect flatware for this tablescape is this faux bamboo handled flatware. Little details like this are what bring a tablescape together and completes the theme.

Palm leaf centerpiece
Tropical dinner plate

Stemware was nixed in favor of these casual rattan wrapped glassware.  A wine bucket that coordinates with the set was placed at the center of the table for celebratory Champagne.

Tropical champagne bucket and tropical fruit centerpiece

A palm printed tray (actually made as an art piece to hang on the wall) served as a centerpiece.  This protected the table beneath the ice bucket for champagne and bottles of sparkling water.  To further enhance the tropical feel, I added a coconut, a pineapple and a mango.  

Table set for a tropical dinner party

My farmhouse table is big enough to seat ten, so eight was no problem for this dinner party.  My guests will be welcomed into a tropical atmosphere as they join me at the table.

Overhead photo of tropical tablescape

Hey, who took the Champagne out of my bucket?! Wait…they took all of the ice, too! Isn’t the detail on that tray pretty, though?

I have gathered a collection of clear glass bottles, many are just leftover food and beverage containers. Filling those with water and placing them on my sideboard makes a creative way to add more tropical foliage to the room when setting my tropical table. Additional foliage isn’t a problem, so I have just tucked a few leaves in each little jar or bottle. Additional coastal accent pieces of fishing floats and faux corals continue the tropical feel.




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  1. I love your tropical table Chloe! The textures of the leaves, rattan, bamboo and glass blend beautifully together and I love how you carried the theme over to your sideboard with the foliage, glass floats and bottles. As always, it’s a pleasure to join for the blog hop. Thank you for all your organizing efforts and work. ♥

  2. I do feel like I have been taken to the tropics Chloe! I can just about hear the palms rustling in the sea breeze! I love your centerpiece with the pineapple on the tray and the rope covered wine bucket and of course the large green fans of palm leaves! The rattan wrapped glassware and bamboo flatware are really cool, and the napkin rings WOW! What a great way to start the hop this week, thank you Chloe!

  3. Beautiful as usual sweet Chloe. I love your tropical table and I, too…am wondering who took the Champagne out of the lovely rattan ice bucket. LOL Your rattan wrapped glasses were a perfect choice and I adore your dining table and chairs….are they new? Love them as they also fit in with your theme. Putting palm fronds in those large green vases was genius. Here, in Florida…we sometimes forget the bounty of greenery we have at hand on a daily basis and they complete your lovely tropical table. When you find that elusive bottle of champagne call me, and I will come up and we will sip together. LOL
    Thanks for putting this hop together, I know how hard you work and it is much appreciated.

    1. Ha, Kari! I will bring a bottle to Haven! I had a houseful of guests and think someone thought it needed to be put back in the refrigerator! I bought a couple of tropical plants to trim and ended up not needing them at all, since my hubby and I were able to find all of the greenery along the edges of the swampy hammocks around our community.

  4. Wow. Talk about taking a tablescape to a newer and higher level. This tropical tablescape is awesome and truly captures the feeling of being on a beautiful island. Gorgeous, Chloe!

  5. Chloe, we both did go with a tropical theme. I’ve never seen such amazing tropical greenery! Gorgeous and lush. Those glasses are great and the large green glass jars are beautiful filled with the large green leaves. Stunning centerpiece. Thank for hosting. These weeks are always my favorite weeks.

  6. Chloe, I feel like I just visited a beautiful island in the tropics. I love your table with all of its textures and shades of green. The large green bottles filled with an assortment of tropical greenery are the piece de resistance…just gorgeous! Thank you for hosting the blog hops, it is so much fun!

  7. I’m feeling cool and refreshed to have visited the tropics on your post today. What a clever theme. I love the rattan wrapped glasses, ice bucket and bamboo handled flatware. The tropical foliage plates and napkin rings are perfect. I love your fresh fruit and pair of jars with palmetto fronds. Your sideboard is equally festive.
    Thanks for all you do, Chloe!

  8. Oh how special. I feel right at home with this breezy tropical table. It would look fabulous down at our pool.
    The rattan wrapped ice bucket and drinkware is wonderful. Palm leaves to complete the look. Loving the napkin rings. Truly a tropical paradise. A lovely table to celebrate the beginning fo summer.

  9. Chloe, I so love this table! It’s like your dining room has been transformed into an island oasis. There are so many beautiful details…the texture in the rattan wrapped glassware, the pineapple, coconut and mango centerpiece, the bamboo flatware, the tropical foliage arrangements, chrysanthemum napkin rings and the foliage dinner plates. Just gorgeous! Thank you for organizing another fun hop. See you at Haven!

  10. Your table, Chloe! It reminds me why I always loved the tropical theme in decorating. The textures, deep green colors and airy feel bring up memories of fabulous vacations. To use all this in decor helps us relax a little more in our home. Beautiful!

  11. What a fun theme, Chloe! I love your bamboo flatware and rattan accessories. Thanks again for organizing the hop. It’s a pleasure to participate! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  12. I live in FL too so i know what a tropical table should look like and yours is perfecT. Sometimes I don’t appreciate our tropics as much as I should because it seems too easy when all the fauna and foliage is at my fingertips and growing up here it’s always been everywhere. Thanks for inspiring me to renewed awe of our home state I love the boat painting. Do you have a source?

  13. This is definitely a “Calgon Take Me AWay” vibe and I love all of it. You’ve created a beautiful and welcome tropical paradise in your home. Thank you for the inspiration and for continuing to bring us together.

  14. Chloe, you knocked it out of the park once again. LOVE it! So many wonderful details. It all comes together fabulously; like being at an exotic setting. Even the fun way you styled the sideboard. I’d love to click my sandal heels together to find myself at your table!

  15. I love that look! There is something so rich and earthy about green and brown together, it just makes me want to jump right into the screen and sit with you there! I love the fact that all you had to do was walk the neighborhood for the leaves to make such great centerpieces.
    Chloe, thanks always for organizing these tablescape hops. It really inspires me, and even though I purged a lot during my move, I saved quite a bit of what makes me happy – my tableware!

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  17. Chloe, I love this table! It reminds me of eating at The Rainforest Cafe! I love all the texture! That centerpiece is amazing!!! All of the wood pieces with the green is gorgeous! Thank you so much for organizing the Summer Tablescape Blog Hop! Love and hugs!

  18. Chloe, your wonderful tropical table makes me think of wearing a hula skirt and flowers in my hair. The leaves on the sideboard are such a sweet compliment to a wonderful setting. Thank you so much for including me in your lovely group. I am honored to be included with so many talented tablescapers. xo

  19. Chloe this is magazine worthy! Green is my favorite color and I love neutrals so I was immediately drawn to your table. Even though there aren’t bright pops of summer color, this whole table setting is still absolutely pure summer, with all the green and tropical things. The flatware and glasses are perfect! I love the sideboard styling too! Wow, I just love this tablescape so much!

    You are always welcome to share with us at TFT: https://followtheyellowbrickhome.com/inspiring-diys-how-tos-and-makeovers-at-tft/

    Thank you so much for hosting and having me along for the hop. I hope you have a beautiful summer ahead!

  20. I adore this one, Chloe!! You have taken me away to a tropical paradise!! You put together the perfect mix of colors and textures to make this table very special. Thank you again for all your hard work hosting these hops.
    I hope you have a wonderful summer!

  21. Chloe, this table is absolutely fabulous! I can almost hear bongos playing in the background and hear birds chirping from the trees. I love the use of tropical palms, especially against the palm-printed dishes. The tropical fruit and coconuts is a perfect accent and your sideboard display is just perfect against your table with all of its natural elements. This is definitely one of your bests!

  22. Chloe, I love your table! All of the gorgeous colors ,textures, and details in your table create the feeling of tropical getaway! It reminds me of being on vacation. Thank you for organizing and including me in another wonderful blog hop! xo

  23. I would love to use that idea for a tray (or, for my round table, a round serving platter) for fresh fruit, nuts, maybe even a simple version of a charcuterie board. It’s a lovely, informal touch that just invites guests to make themselves at home. Thank you, Chloe!

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