How To Create A Lemon Theme Table Setting

How to create a lemon theme table setting for your Italian summer tablescape or a lemon theme tablescape throughout the year!

My love of lemon home decor started when I was a kid. My aunt used to create the most beautiful citrus wreaths with faux lemons and oranges. They were both elegant and timeless and had the power to elevate any home regardless of style. Over the last few years, lemon decor, especially lemon theme tablescapes, weddings, and outdoor gatherings has gained popularity. This summer, the Italian summer theme, which incorporates (fresh and artificial) lemons as decor (reminiscent of the Amalfi Coast) has been trending on social media, especially on Tiktok, Pinterest, and LTK! I was honored when LTK featured my lemon theme table setting on their Instagram page a few weeks ago, which made me realize how popular this decor trend is!

One of the many things I love about lemon tablescapes and lemon table settings, in general, is that they are perfect for casual outdoor brunch with friends, an elegant dinner party, or dessert with your neighbors on a sunny afternoon. They are also ideal for fall and the holiday season! For the holidays, you can add a few fresh or artificial lemons to your cedar garland on your dining table or the wreath on your front door. Citrus has the power to add a fun yet elegant outdoor summer vibe to your dining room tablescapes, which will garner compliments from friends and family.

Today, I’m excited to feature nine beautiful lemon theme table settings, which you can incorporate throughout the year! I created two table settings with dishes that I own, and also featured seven other table settings with dinnerware and flatware that I am coveting from a few of your favorite retailers! They will look beautiful on your lemon tablescape!

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How To Create A Lemon Theme Table Setting

Lemon Theme Table Setting Ideas

Lemon Theme Table Setting with White Porcelain Dishes and Lemon Napkin Rings

Entertaining expert, lifestyle journalist and blogger Candie Anderson of has the scoop on how to create the perfect lemon tablescape with a timeless lemon theme table setting.

I have quite a few vintage round outdoor dining tables and struggled to find the perfect rectangular dining table until I stumbled on this gorgeous Mirada outdoor dining table from Pottery Barn a few months ago! It was just delivered last week, and I’m obsessed with it. I also ordered complementing Westport outdoor all-weather wicker dining chairs to pair with it! They add a coastal vibe to my summer tablescapes, especially this lemon themed table setting.

How to create a lemon theme table setting using her Pottery Barn Mirada outdoor dining table and all weather Westport wicker dining chairs.

I love featuring my Italian-designed La Porcellana Bianca Firenze porcelain plates often. These gorgeous white porcelain dinner plates and salad plates will elevate any tablescape! If you have also invested in these beautiful looped plates, you know how difficult it is to find woven chargers large enough. I stumbled on these Better Homes & Gardens woven chargers from Walmart, and I am obsessed! They look great under them and are affordable at just $5.98 apiece. I highly recommend them.

Amazon white polyester napkins

I bought classic white polyester napkins from Amazon. The quality is phenomenal, and they are ideal for outdoor summer tablescapes! I placed them in these fabulous lemon napkin ring holders, which I adore.

As you can see in this photo, I didn’t include flatware because I served cupcakes and used plastic utensils for the sorbet! I adore this gold faux bamboo flatware set, though. I use it quite often. It is gorgeous and elegant!

lemon napkin ring holder

Casual Outdoor Lemon Theme Table Setting Using Lemon Paper Plates

Lemon Paper Plates

If you love lemon decor as much as I do, and want to have lemon theme paper plates on hand for an impromptu lunch or dessert with friends throughout the year, you’re in luck! Amazon has a great selection. I purchased these beautiful and affordable paper plates. They come in a set of 40! There are 20 nine inch plates and 20 seven inch plates (in a set), which makes it ideal for hosting 20 people at your next event or a few events (with a few friends) throughout the year. They’re perfect for those who love baking for friends, family, neighbors and coworkers! Your desserts will look fantastic adorning them!

Lemon cocktail paper napkins

Not only did I purchase these beautiful plates, but I also bought these Boston International cocktail napkins, which have elegant lemons adorning them. They are ideal for a glass of lemonade, cocktails, appetizers, or a quick dessert! They look great on this neutral tablecloth!

Plastic utensils are perfect for a casual lemon theme tablescape.

I used white plastic utensils for my impromptu dessert party with Amalfi-inspired lemon sorbet in lemon shells. The spoons are the perfect size for the sorbet, which I love! PS: I made my own lemon sorbet in lemon rinds, but Williams Sonoma sells this dessert if you’d rather not make it!

Beautiful Outdoor Blue and Yellow Lemon Theme Table Setting

Blue and Yellow Lemon Theme Tablescape

If you love Williams Sonoma gorgeous dinnerware, flatware and entertaining essentials as much as I do, I have you covered! These gorgeous blue and yellow Williams Sonoma Sicily Outdoor Melamine Salad Plates are currently on clearance and are not only ideal for outdoor usage this summer, but will also be a favorite throughout the year! If you’re throwing a casual backyard barbecue or making wood fire pizza on your new stove, you can place this plate directly on one of these gorgeous woven placemats/chargers from Williams Sonoma!

If you’re throwing a dinner party with friends, you can place this beautiful salad plate on top of this gorgeous set of four French PIllivuyt Basketweave Porcelain Dinner Plates (and over the charger). When it comes to flatware, you can’t go wrong with their stainless steel Soiree Mirror Silverware set. It is available in gold satin, black satin, mirror and satin!

Matching Lemon Dinner Plates and Salad Plates

Lemon Dinner Plates and Salad Plates

Pottery Barn makes it easy to host a lemon theme party or an Italian Summer soiree! This gorgeous Lemons Bone China 16-Piece Dinnerware set from PB is inspired by rustic “Tuscan orchards” in Italy and is absolutely beautiful. It includes four dinner plates, (four) salad plates, (four) bowls, and (four) mugs. This gorgeous dinnerware set is ideal for a family of four! You could also purchase two sets if you enjoy throwing dinner parties during the warm summer months, and throughout the year.

This set will look phenomenal under a round charger, or a white woven placemat. The dinner plates measure 10.5”, and this beautiful Beachcomber Round Water Hyacinth Placemat is 15”, which makes it perfect for your new dinnerware set. The Pottery Barn Colton Jute Rectangular Placemat measures 14” w x 20” l, and is also a must.

I am officially obsessed with this beautiful Riley flatware set in silver! It is classic with a hint of modern and will look phenomenal on the side of your Mikasa Lemons Bone China dinner plate.

Mix and Match Lemon Theme Table Setting

How to create a beautiful and elegant lemon tablescape with a white porcelain dinner plate and a lemon salad plate.

If you love the look of the beautiful Pottery Barn Lemons Bone China 16-Piece Dinnerware Set I featured above, but would like to mix and match your table setting, you’re in luck! You can mix and match the lemon dinner plates with white salad plates or place a white dinner plate below your lemon salad plate. There are so many options!

This gorgeous lemon table setting will also look phenomenal paired with a round woven placemat and the classic Pottery Barn Riley silverware I featured above! 

Elegant Matching Lemon Dinner & Salad Plates For Your Italian Summer Theme Party

How to create a gorgeous yellow, white and purple lemon tablescape with this beautiful lemon theme table setting.

Wayfair has a phenomenal selection of lemon theme dinner plates, salad plates, appetizer plates and platters (and even placemats!) for your lemon theme tablescape! I fell in love with these beautiful Certified International Lemon Dinner Plates (set of six) and the matching Certified International Lemon Zest Salad Plates (set of six). I love the bright yellow lemons, gorgeous blue and purple flowers and green leaves. This color palette is bright, cheerful and elegant!

Since these beautiful plates are made of melamine, you don’t have to worry about them cracking, scratching or breaking! They are perfect for every day, and are so lovely, you’ll want to showcase them at your next dinner party. Like many of you, I love mixing and matching dishes and think they’ll look great paired with a solid color plate!

These gorgeous plates have phenomenal reviews. Reviewers stated that they are well made, beautiful and of great quality. I can see this set paired with a classic white cotton placemat, white cloth napkins and complementing gold or silver flatware.

Gorgeous Blue and Yellow Lemon Dinner Plates For Your Coastal Tablescape

How to create a beautiful lemon table setting with blue, yellow and white lemon plates, a woven placemat and white napkins.

How beautiful is this set of six Laurel Foundry Modern Farmhouse Damarian Lemons Plates? They are 11 inches, and are the perfect dinner plates for everyday or Sunday night dinners with the family. They are made of melamine and are scratch-resistant which is a bonus! I love the shades of pastel blue, yellow lemons, green leaves, and white blossoms. They are classy, and chic and are a must for the coastal brunch and the Italian summer-inspired dinner, and that is just the beginning!

I would pair them with this round woven placemat, these classic white napkins, and silverware for the ultimate lemon theme table setting!

Bright and Cheerful Lemon Theme Table Setting

How to create a bright and cheerful lemon table setting with white and yellow lemon plates, beautiful white cloth napkins, a woven placemat and silver flatware!

How fun are these white Brackin Lemon Fresh 10.5” Melamine Dinner Plates (Set of 6) and this set of six Brackin Lemon Fresh 8.5” Melamine Salad Plates? I love the bright and beautiful yellow lemons, gorgeous green leaves and the fact that they are scratch resistant! This set of six dinner plates and salad plates will look great layered together. You can also mix and match them with white or yellow plates!

These gorgeous plates are perfect for a bridal shower, a baby shower, a birthday party, every day, dessert with friends, and that’s just the beginning! They will look fantastic adorning your round or rectangular outdoor dining table (this summer)! As someone who loves lemons and believes they’re a must throughout the year, you can definitely use them while dining this fall, winter and spring too!

Pair them with a gorgeous white or natural colored (round or) rectangular placemat, white cloth napkins which are classy and sustainable and gold or silver flatware!

Light Pink and Yellow Lemon Theme Table Setting

How to create a lemon theme table setting with white, light pink and yellow lemon plates, white dinner plates, woven placemats and more!

With pink as popular as ever thanks to the “Barbie” movie, I love that people are starting to pair pink with various shades including yellow! Yellow and light pink look beautiful together, and this gorgeous set of four Fleur De Lis Living Jamila 8” Melamine Salad Plates with lemons and light pink blossoms are calling my name! They will look amazing paired with a classic white dinner plate, light pink or light yellow, to name a few.

These gorgeous lemon theme melamine salad (or dessert) plates are ideal for your next summer soiree! They will look great paired with your round woven placemats, classic white napkins and silver flatware! In terms of glasses, I am partial to these Sweet July for Pottery Barn Herringbone drinking glasses (with lemon straws!). I bought a set last week and love them. The quality is phenomenal, and they are absolutely gorgeous.

Lemon Theme Table Setting and Tablescape Tips

Centerpiece Ideas For Your Lemon Theme Table Setting

Bouquet filled with silver dollar eucalyptus, dahlias, Lillies, hydrangeas and garden roses/

My family owns a flower farm in Northern California where we grow garden roses, hydrangeas, dahlias, and more! I love incorporating fresh flowers from our farm, especially in my blog posts. This summer has been hot, so we don’t have much blooming at the moment! I featured a few of the hydrangeas (that weren’t impacted by the heat), dahlias, Lillies, yellow garden roses, and Koko Loko roses! I also included an artificial lemon stem! The clear slender vase I used is one of my favorites! It is less than $5 at Walmart and is of fantastic quality.

If you don’t have fresh flowers for your Amalfi coast-inspired tablescape or Italian summer-themed party, you can fill a vase or a woven basket with fresh or faux lemons!

Vase with fresh yellow garden roses from her family's flower farm, lemons and limes in a vase for her Italian summer theme tablescape.

I created this bouquet a few months ago when the garden roses were in full bloom! I filled this beautiful large vase (which is under $6) with fresh lemons as well! This gorgeous bouquet (with magnificent yellow garden roses) looks amazing adorning this elegant lemon table runner! If you’d prefer a table linen in a different color combination, you’re in luck! Amazon has an amazing selection of table runners in a wide array of colors.

PS: If you don’t have fresh lemons for your bouquet, you can always use faux lemons as a vase filler!

Colors That Look Great With Lemon Yellow

Shades of green and yellow in lemon theme table setting.

One of the many great things about yellow is it pairs well with many different colors! Since my table runner is white with varying shades of yellow and green, I included light green roses, green hydrangeas, koko loko roses (a beautiful neutral with a hint of lavender) and white Lillies to my bouquet!

Pink pairs beautifully with yellow as well. I love how blue and yellow give off a chic coastal vibe. Like many of you, I love purple, especially lavender! I adore how phenomenal yellow looks with lavender. There are countless options and easy ways to create a beautiful tablescape.

Food To Serve At Your Lemon Theme Party

Amalfi Coast inspired lemon sorbet in lemon rinds for her Italian summer tablescape.

I shared on Instagram this week that I have fallen head over heels for the Amalfi Coast! I am constantly stumbling on gorgeous inspiration on TikTok and Pinterest. Since I knew I wanted to serve dessert, I bought lemon cupcakes, and decided to make lemon sorbet and put it in lemon rinds! Lemon sorbet is such a beautiful and popular dessert featured on the Amalfi Coast. Williams Sonoma sells lemon sorbet in lemons on their website, but if like me, you love trying new recipes, there are countless to try online!

If you’d like to incorporate Italian food at your Italian summer-themed party, I would research online, and/or ask friends and family for ideas! There is a wealth of information on Pinterest, Instagram, and TikTok too!

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