Lifestyle Home & Decorating How to Create a Beach Casual Summer Tablescape in 3 Easy Steps By InStyle Editors InStyle Editors Facebook Instagram Twitter Our editors and writers comprise decades of expertise across the beauty, fashion, lifestyle and wellness spaces in print and digital. We prioritize journalistic integrity, factual accuracy, and also having fun with every story we share. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on July 5, 2016 @ 05:00PM Pin Share Tweet Email Photo: Stephen Baccon Nothing complements a laid-back summer menu quite like a super-chill tablescape. Channel a relaxed, beachy vibe by pairing effortlessly chic monochromatic hues (no need to worry about clashing colors) with clever accents, like hand-carved wooden serving boards (from $105; lostine.com) and nautical neon elements. Just follow these three easy steps, and get swept away to your seaside happy place. 1. Tie one on. Evoke the look of a classic surfboard tether with your napkin rings by knotting loops of white rope wrapped with life-preserver-orange tape at the tips. You can also wind the rope around vases and votive candleholders (below), fastening it with glue or a straight pin, for a relaxed mood. Add a band of neon cording at the top for a tangy pop ($3/yard; mjtrim.com). 2. Hit a blue note. Embrace the palette of summer with touches of cloudless blue. Don't be afraid to go deep, either—from cerulean to navy—in napkins, plates (from $18 each; canvashomestore.com), and enamel-dipped cutlery ($25/12 pieces; potterbarn.com). 3 Healthy Summer Recipes Straight from Rebecca Taylor's Table Stephen Baccon 3. Turn over a new leaf. Instead of flowers, opt for supersized fronds like these Xanadu leaves (above) to create a tropical ambience (three stems work well in a modern, straight-sided vase). Check in with your local florist, or if you live in a warm climate, snip some ferns from the backyard. For more summer entertaining tips, pick up the August issue of InStyle, now available on newsstands and for digital download.