Tips on Hosting a Summer Dinner Party Indoors


Down here in Texas, it gets HOT during the summer! On the nice days, we spend every second we can outside, but when it’s 90+ degrees we tend to bring the party inside. If I could have my way, I’d eat every dinner under the twinkling string lights on my patio! But when entertaining a large group, I always want everyone to be comfortable, which is why I typically opt for an indoor (outdoor themed) dinner party!.Today I’m teaming up with Rueda Verdejo wines to share my five tips on how to host a summer dinner party indoors!


Indoor summer tablesetting tips and ideas with Rueda Verdejo Wine

Indoor summer tablesetting tips and ideas with Rueda Verdejo Wine

1. Serve Guests a Cool Glass of Wine

Cool as in cold & cool as in “of the moment.” 😉 We always start pouring glasses for guests just as they arrive to get the party started. A chilled glass of white wine is the perfect antidote to Houston’s heat! Verdejo from the Spanish region of Rueda is a deliciously refreshing white wine that can be paired with just about anything. (I’ve paired it with both white fish & tacos … both of which were scrumptious!) I suggest trying the Shaya Verdejo! It’s a great wine for those who love Sauvignon Blanc or Pino Grigio. Wines from Rueda are available at local liquor stores such as Spec’s Wines, Spirits and Finer Foods and also (Currently 10% off with the code Rueda!)

Baby's breath centerpiece ideas

2. Fresh Blooms are a Must

What better way to bring the outdoors in than with fresh flowers? For a budget-friendly arrangement, I like to go with baby’s breath. Bushels are typically only $4 or so at your local florist or grocery. I like to divide four of them up into 7-8 vases of varying size & shape for a large arrangement that makes a statement.

Indoor summer table setting ideas with Rueda Verdejo Wine.

Indoor summer tablesetting tips and ideas with Rueda Verdejo Wine

3. Bring Your Outdoor Serving Pieces Indoors

I love the idea of decorating your tablescape as you would if you were still hosting outside. Shatter-resistant melamine plates are great for large group gatherings. Most come in vibrant prints and colors too. I love that my plates are more on the neutral side and kind of resemble rustic cream pottery. At first glance, you can hardly tell they aren’t! I also included acrylic wine glasses too. I bet you’d never guess these weren’t made of glass!

Summer table setting tip: incorporate bright fruit into your place settings.

4. Spruce up each Table Setting with Fruit & Florals

It’s super simple to create your own stunning table setting, like those we’ve all seen on Pinterest, with fresh fruit & florals. Be sure to pick a seasonal fruit and one that’s not messy. Lemons are so summery and I love how the yellow color pops with everything else on the table. So it looks like it’s part of the decor (and not your meal) layer the fruit over a fresh sprig of floral, both atop the napkin. This way your plate is still fresh for dinner.

Indoor summer tablesetting tips and ideas with Rueda Verdejo Wine



5. Have Fun with it!

Last but not least, have fun with it and ditch the stress. Your friends are there to be with you, have great conversation, to drink wine & eat free food! They won’t notice at all if the meat is a little dry or the casserole isn’t even. Once dinner is over, I like to let the party linger by stepping outdoors (hey, it should have cooled down by now) and sipping on wine underneath the stars. I’m sure your guests would enjoy that too!

Indoor summer table setting ideas with Rueda Verdejo Wine.

You guys may recognize my dining room for this post + this post. And also be wondering, who’s dining room is that!? I had such a fun opportunity to shoot this project with Rueda Verdejo wines at On Point Custom Homes in Houston last week! I mean, just look at the fabulous natural lighting in that townhouse! As soon as I came home from the shoot, I set my table just as it’s pictured above. Now I’m like … Patrick, let’s host a dinner party stat!

xo, alice

photos by Lauren Rathbun

*Big thank you to Rueda Verdejo for sponsoring this post & for sending some delicious vino to try! As always, all opinions are my own. Thanks to you for supporting the brands that make Lone Star Looking Glass possible.

  • What a beautiful table setup! And a cool glass of wine is always the #1 thing to serve up the moment a guest walks in the door. Looks like an amazing dinner party!

  • Sara

    YES to wine and fresh blooms! And I love the use of lemons as decor – this is such a perfect setup!

    xo, Sara

  • So fun! The cutest table…those fresh flowers brighten your table tons! Also, great addition to have the fresh fruit. Love it, fab tips for a fun time to remember.

  • Ashley Brockette

    Thanks for the wine recommendations!!

    I also love Baby’s breathe. I think people tend over do it with flowers on tablescapes and then guests are just talking over them or pushing them out of the way. Ugh.

    Can you tell me more about the dress? So cute!! Thanks!

  • So fun!!! I love you dinning room its so pretty. your table setting is perfect! Id love to come to one of your dinner parties!

  • Such a pretty setup! And I love your dress!

  • Kelsey H

    Your home is absolutely gorgeous!! This was such a fun post and i love all of your tips! xo

  • Maggie Tate

    This is darling!! Love the table decor xo

  • Carolyna Bauer

    Yes so important to have fun with it! These are great tips! NExt time I will make sure I have fresh blooms too!

  • Bernice Abuan

    I love how you’ve incorporated blooms, and elements of the outdoors in your table setting xx

  • Amanda Mercado

    This tablescape is dreamy and these wines sound delicious! We got married at a winery, so I’m always looking for good, new wines.

    xo, Amanda

  • This is seriously the prettiest set-up. I love the touch of lemons! Such a perfect summer touch.

  • This is the loveliest set up! I usually opt for indoors too, because it can get so hot here in Texas. Thanks for the inspo!


  • Your dining area is so beautiful! And who doesn’t love a nice crisp glass of wine!

  • Such great tips! Thanks for sharing!