Summer is the perfect season to entertain family and friends, and since the heat of the day is in the afternoon, have guests over for an early brunch or an evening dinner party. After you send the invitations and plan a tasty menu, have fun arranging the dinner table with whimsical summertime elements. Drape outdoor dining tables or picnic tables in brightly colored tablecloths, or use plain white bed sheets accented by a colorful table runner. Adorn wicker or metal chairs with little posies of dried or fresh flowers tied up with pretty ribbons. For a more eclectic look, collect several different chairs, and paint them varying shades of blue, green and yellow.
Mix and match china or everyday dishes to make a unique, playful table setting, and don't worry about matching the napkins. Whether you're into paper or cloth napkins, use a variety of different colors, textures and patterns. Hand-craft napkin rings from a swatch of fabric, tied in place with a strand of raffia. Stick a peacock feather under each strand for extra flair.
Finally, don't neglect the center of the table! Decorate with glassware found in the back of your kitchen cabinets -- mix tall wine glasses with short water glasses, and add a few short candle votives around the edges. Drop colorful beads, found at your local craft store, in the bottom of each wine and water glass. Fill them halfway with water, and add floating candles to set the mood.