In this post, I’m sharing my tips and tricks for styling an effortless outdoor summer table setting with unique style and creative touches.
This past week I was doing a little computer organizing and stumbled upon some photos of this outdoor summer table setting I created for HomeGoods and realized that I had never shared it here, on Inspired by Charm.
Thinking back, it was one of the first photoshoots I did at my new house. While the space looks a little different now, I am still so pleased with the way it all came together. In this post I want to walk you through how it all gelled and share some creative ideas for creating a similar look.
Effortless Outdoor Summer Table Setting How To:
Before we get started, everything used to set the table is from HomeGoods minus the table (IKEA) and chairs (Target).
This table setting began when I stumbled upon these large galvanized buckets with wood handles. The galvanized buckets just screamed, “Summer entertaining!” I thought they would be perfect for storing extra drinks or holding potted plants. So that’s exactly what I used them for!
My next find was these grilling pans. Their shape, size, and texture made me think they would make great plate chargers/placements. I couldn’t be more pleased with how they look and function. I love using things in unconventional ways. That’s where the magic happens and how things become unique and personal.
To complete the look, I layered in napkins, plates, flatware, and “glasses”.
I’m typically not a fan of plastic/melamine dining pieces, but if you can believe it, both the plates and glasses are plastic! I really love the effect of these plates / bowls. Their unique shape definitely added something special to the table.
Next, I plucked a couple fern fronds from my landscaping and added them to a jar for a quick touch of nature. This is another reason I love summer: you can turn to your own backyard for decorating inspiration. I’ve already started planting some flowers and greenery here that I can cut and use indoors for décor.
Finally, I used this small double bucket to serve a few pre-dinner snacks. Lined with a coordinating paper napkin, this display of flavored popcorn and treats offers an appealing way to take the edge off your hunger. Even some veggies and dip would make a really tasty pre-dinner snack.
And with that… my effortless outdoor summer table setting was ready for some al fresco entertaining! What do you think?
I found most of the décor and table settings at HomeGoods, but you could certainly find some similar things at your favorite home décor store.
No matter where you shop, I hope you find a few creative ideas to celebrate your summer in style. Happy decorating!