Join me on my deck as I share my colorful and inviting table setting. I’ll walk you through the process as to how I created this summertime tablescape and share some tips to help you recreate the look!

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Tips and Ideas for an Outdoor Table Setting #outdoor #tablesetting #tablescape #decor #outdoorliving #alfresco #decorating

Tips and Ideas for an Outdoor Table Setting:

As you know, I’ve shared a lot of table settings on Inspired by Charm over the years. (You can see more of them HERE.) In some ways, I feel like they are overdone in the blog world. However, they are so fun to create and I still hope my table settings will at least give you an idea or two to assist you if you happen to be hosting anyone outdoors in the near future. If you’re all good with your tablescaping skills, feel free to scroll on by. No offense is taken.

I actually created this particular outdoor table setting for my friends over at HomeGoods. They wanted a post about outdoor entertaining, so I thought this would be the perfect fit! As you’re reading, if you’re thinking “I wonder where he got that?”, the likely answer is HomeGoods!

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Tips and Ideas for an Outdoor Table Setting #outdoor #tablesetting #tablescape #decor #outdoorliving #alfresco #decorating

I thought the best way to share tablescaping ideas would be to walk you through my thought process and steps for putting something like this together. I won’t go through every detail, but I will point out a few important ones. If you have questions or there is something that I missed, just let me know in the comment section at the end of this post.

Last but not least, I should mention that I created this outdoor table setting for a styled photoshoot. Please don’t feel overwhelmed or feel that this is the “standard” for outdoor entertaining. You do you! Even if you only take one or two of these ideas, that will be good enough. Entertaining shouldn’t be stressful. Do what you can/want and remember to have fun with it.

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Outdoor Table Setting – Create Direction:

Whenever I’m decorating a table, I find it easiest to start with a theme or color scheme. Having some direction makes the whole process much easier.

My inspiration for this table was these acrylic cups with lemon graphics. I used the colors in the graphics (yellow, green, and pink) as I made the selections for the rest of my table.

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Tips and Ideas for an Outdoor Table Setting #outdoor #tablesetting #tablescape #decor #outdoorliving #alfresco #decorating

Tips and Ideas for an Outdoor Table Setting #outdoor #tablesetting #tablescape #decor #outdoorliving #alfresco #decorating

Having some sort of direction or focus really makes the process easy and effortless. Stick within your theme and you’ll have a pulled-together look every time.

Outdoor Table Setting: Add Layers:

If you’re looking to add a lot of depth and interest to your table setting, consider adding layers. Think about using materials with different textures and sheens for maximum appeal and interest.

As you can see here, I started with a tablecloth, added placemats, and even layered my dinnerware. This is always a great way to add different textures to your table and it will also add interest and appeal.

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Tips and Ideas for an Outdoor Table Setting #outdoor #tablesetting #tablescape #decor #outdoorliving #alfresco #decorating

Outdoor Table Setting: Incorporate Luxury:

Just because you’re entertaining outdoors doesn’t mean you need to use disposable products. Unless a meal or an occasion is extremely casual, I opt for a fabric tablecloth and napkins whenever possible. It makes the table and meal feel much more elegant and special. It adds a touch of luxury. Plus, you can just wash them afterward and use them again.

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Tips and Ideas for an Outdoor Table Setting #outdoor #tablesetting #tablescape #decor #outdoorliving #alfresco #decorating

I also opted for melamine dinnerware. I especially love this set because it looks so chic. This set looks like stone/terrazzo. It always works well with my color scheme.

Outdoor Table Setting: Must Haves:

I think there are at least two things that every table needs to have. These two must-haves are flowers and candles. Even if you go with just the very basics: plate, flatware, napkins, and glasses, I still highly recommend some sort of botanical element and a candle or two. As you can see, I went a little more elaborate here, but even something as simple as a branch cut from your backyard and inexpensive tea lights will do the trick.

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Candles add warmth, light, and movement that you can’t really achieve any other way. I also recommend going with unscented candles for a table setting. You do not want to take away from the amazing aromas of your meal.

Also, get creative and think beyond flowers for your botanical element. If you have some extra produce or fruit from the meal, try adding those to the table. A display of fresh fruit and vegetables can be just as colorful and inviting.

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Tips and Ideas for an Outdoor Table Setting #outdoor #tablesetting #tablescape #decor #outdoorliving #alfresco #decorating

Tips and Ideas for an Outdoor Table Setting #outdoor #tablesetting #tablescape #decor #outdoorliving #alfresco #decorating

Outdoor Table Setting: Recipe Ideas:

Finally, what’s an outdoor table setting without some delicious snacks and beverages? Here are a few of my favorite treats that I love for entertaining. They would be perfect for this table setting or any outdoor gathering.

And that’s it! As I mentioned above, keep it simple and fun. Do what works for you and avoid stress.

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I have one additional item that I wanted to share with you. As you know, I have been developing my art practice over the past year or so. When I shared a picture from this outdoor table setting on Instagram, an artist friend of mine said I needed to paint it.

So, I did just that!

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As with any of my art, I’m not sharing it thinking that it is a masterpiece. The goal of my art journey is to learn, practice, and have fun. That was the goal with this piece. Yes, I would certainly change some things, but I’m so happy that I was encouraged to give it a try. I had fun during the process and was pleased with the end result.

If you’re curious about my art journey, you can read about how I got started HERE and find some of my favorite art supplies HERE.

Summer Entertaining: Outdoor Table Setting Tips

And with that, I’d say this outdoor table setting is complete and ready for company! Won’t you join me?

 

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  • Emily at

    *chef’s kiss* I love scrolling through your posts; everything, no matter the season, has the sense of calm, comfortable, and interesting. When can my cat and I move in?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Awww. you are so kind! Thank you!!

      xo Michael

  • Debra at

    Absolutely charming and so inviting! Would you please provide all sources?

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hi there! As I mentioned in the post most everything on the table is from HomeGoods.

      xo Michael

  • Janet at

    Another stunning table! So beautiful! I was looking for a link to the melamine dishes, they look like pottery! I hope you will provide a link! Happy Fourth of July!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Hi there! As I mentioned in the post most everything on the table is from HomeGoods.

      xo Michael

  • Tricia at

    Perfection! So pretty.

  • Kimberly Westby at

    Are the flowers from your gardens? They are beautifully arranged BTW.

    Kim

  • Kathryn at

    Beautiful as always. Your painting artistry is stunning. 💕

  • Jayne McLeod at

    absolutely nothing, notta, that YOU share with me, us, your admirers, your biggest fans, your tribe, your mates … is ever overdone. I follow YOU because, YOU sir, have beautiful, creative ideas and you are so willing to share all of that with us. I thank you. I am excited when you share a post, you inspire me to give it all a try, you add such beauty to my life … and I so appreciate all of the hard work that you must put in to every part of each post.
    I hope YOU keep control of what and when you send out and how YOUR blog continues to work, FOR YOU.
    I follow you because you inspire me Michael. Keep yourself healthy and strong ! Enjoy your day.

  • Julie Costa at

    Absolutely beautiful! The table as well as your painting! Thank you for sharing!

  • Diane at

    What a beautiful inviting table!!
    You’re so talented. Thank you for sharing

  • Leslie Ann White at

    Everything you design, decorate, and cook are amazing!! I made your Christmas cookies, and copied your plate display wall, I adore your little fire pit area, (being a prior Pittsburgh native) my favorite decorations are the little nods you give to PA. My husband calls you my dealer, I’m addicted to your site and my drug of choice is Home Goods, and now you had to go and add your art talent, seriously I would buy that painting. You should auction yourself for a weekend.

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