Entertaining must-haves of the non-breakable sort, and fun touches for creating a bright and sunny summer tablescape for dining indoors and out.
We found some vividly colored items that would brighten up any scene and stimulate conversation. Here are some simple tricks to pulling off a mod and graphic summer tablescape.
 Marimekko Räysmatto paper lunch napkins, 6.5 inches square, $6 for a pack of 12. Available online at usstore.marimekko.com
 French Bull’s Grass Collection Meals come alive on this colorful collection. Made of high-grade, glazed melamine, it is scratch and shatter resistant and dishwasher safe. 15” Round Serving Platter $25; 11” Dinner Plate $11; 8” Side Plate $8. For guests on the go, add the travel mug, made of porcelain with a slip-proof silicone sleeve and lid. 12-oz, 3.5 x 5” high. Dishwasher safe; microwavable. Available online at frenchbull.com
 Mini Flowers Summer tables look great in bright colors. Clip some flowers from your garden, as I did here, and place in small vessels around the table and room. A wonderful pop in your guests’ bedroom and bathroom. (from left: Dianthus, Portulaca, Geranium)
 Herbal Bouquets Set your table with cut herbs instead of flowers. Not only will it look appealing, it will send an appetite-whetting scent. A good way to display surplus herbs from the market or showcase what’s growing in your garden. Extra wonderful when herbs bloom their tiny flowers.