It's much easier to start planning that summer party you've been wanting to host if you know you can pick up some impressive summer table place-setting items for under $20. And you can! I've found some must-have table goods from Crate & Barrel, Kid Smart Living, IKEA, CB2, Candles 4 Less.
In the perfect table setting, we have: plates, flatware, cups, napkins, centerpieces, and even some placemats!
First up, paper napkins. This is a perfect summer pattern from Crate & Barrel. You can get a set of 16 (more than you'll need for a summer dinner party) for $2.95 total.
Pick up some of these colored tumblers for $1.35 a piece from Kid Smart Living and you can brighten up your table without worrying about breaking any glassware. (You can also get a pitcher for $5.56.)
I think bamboo flatware offers a special touch to outdoor dining that is lost with plastic flatware. You can pick up a 3-piece setting for $4.95 from Crate & Barrel.
I like these IKEA plates ($3.99/each) with the an extra lip on it for piling up the barbecue food extra high (perfect for my house).
Placemats are a nice touch, and when I saw these tiki placemats at CB2 for $3.95 each, I wanted to immediately buy a half dozen for myself. They're just so perfect for an outdoor dinner.
Now, for the table's centerpiece! How about some pretty vases with fresh flowers from your garden? Here's a really inexpensive and lovely vase from Candles 4 Less for a mere $3.99 (although if you buy more than 5, you get a discount!).
Also, wouldn't this easy bandanna table runner we posted about a couple months back be perfect for this summer table? I think so.
Well, there you have it! And, if you buy one of each entertaining item listed above you'll have only spent $21.18. What a bargain!
Are you planning a summer dinner party?