As summer gets underway, there will be lots of reasons to decorate the table: birthdays, holidays, barbecues. This one's a cute idea that conjures a cool treat:

All of these arrangements are made with none other than the humble carnation, which is used to simulate scoops of ice cream (or the ribbon-y billows of whipped cream fluffed on top of a sundae). We love each of these versions, from "ice cream" floats in parfait glasses to "scoops" in paper cones.

Related: Easy Entertaining with Ice Cream: 9 Ways to Dress up a Scoop

(Images: Martha Stewart Living, Lotushaus, Simply Entertaining at Home, Party Like Paula)