How to Set Perfect Outdoor Table Decor

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Today I am sharing some tables I have created this past year. I hope this inspires you to set the perfect outdoor table decor too.

You all know how much I love to entertain. If at all possible I will always opt to set a table outside. Nothing makes me happier than being able to surprise my guests with fun outdoor table decor.

Lemon Decor for Your Table

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Lemon Outdoor Table Decor

Lemon Decor for Your Table

A gathering of family and friends is always fun in the backyard and I couldn’t resist setting up a table poolside. Dining in your backyard can be so wonderful, especially on one of those warm sunny summer evenings.

For the full details of how to set this Lemon Decor outdoor table, read my blog post here.

Lemon Decor for Your Table
Lemon Decor for Your Table

Summer Fun Outdoor Party with Family

Summer Fun Outdoor Party Table Ready

I am so excited to share this Summer Fun Outdoor Party. We had so much fun and I love the outdoor room I created with my wood porch columns! Isn’t this outdoor table decor amazing?

Summer Fun Outdoor Party Fun

You are likely aware of the other “outside dining rooms I have created”. I love using these porch posts but I didn’t like the way I used to attach the top. Formerly, I attached pieces of wood with screws across the top. It just never looked finished as you can see in my blog post How to Plan a Backyard Dinner Party.

This time I added some brackets to the top of the posts and it worked amazingly. You can see how I created this party here.

Reflections at our Summer Fun Outdoor Party

My Favorite Outdoor Dining Table

My Favorite Outdoor Dining Area

I set this table on our back porch as it is the perfect spot for outdoor dining. Just using some bright and fun tableware led to a fun and unexpected change. Go to My Favorite Outdoor Dining Table for more pictures and details.

My Favorite Outdoor Dining Area

Getting Creative with Lighting

vintage lampshade chandelier 9

I created this table for Mother’s Day, I know, it was a table for a dinner for me and my mom, but why not? I had an idea that I could make chandeliers out of vintage lampshades and got kind of carried away! It was such a fun project and I do love how they came out. To learn how I created this table, go to Mother’s Day Brunch. If you want to know how to make these chandeliers, go to my blog post Vintage Lampshade Chandeliers.

vintage lampshade chandelier 10

A Beachy Dinner at Home

Fabulous Outdoor Dining Ideas

I know I don’t even need to tell you how much I love outdoor dining. For this dinner party, I created a table that coordinates with a very beachy-themed summer color palette. Head to Summer Outdoor Dining Ideas to see the table.

Outdoor Dining on the Back Patio

Dinner on the Beach

The best location I ever created for a party was this dinner on the beach. I set the table using solar powered mason jar lanterns and added some of the sea glass I had collected on the beach.

dinner party on the beach

I put tall metal poles into the sand and strung wire across the top to hold the lanterns. The weather was perfect and I honestly could not have wished for a more perfect evening. Follow the link for all the details on how I created this magical dinner on the beach. I was actually quite emotional when we sat down to dinner. It was just perfect.

dinner on the beach

Casual but Elegant   

summer dinner party

I am always looking for ways to set a table in the yard (instead of on the patio). This table was a large family dinner, in honor of my brother and his family who were visiting from Georgia. Follow the link for more table setting details and all of the recipes for this Summer Garden Dinner Party.

The Rehearsal Dinner

When my sister was married a few years ago we hosted the Rehearsal Dinner. I used 1″x 1″ x 10″ boards to hold the lights and set a long table for 55 guests in the middle of our backyard. The place cards had a black and white photo of the bride and groom and the setting was wonderful on a nice summer evening. For all the details on how we created this setting, head to my blog post How to Create the Perfect Setting for a Rehearsal Dinner.

how to set a long table

I know this photo is blurry, but it really captures this magical evening!

Here are some of the items I used to create these parties:

The key to setting the perfect outdoor table is remembering that the table setting does not need to be extravagant. Just make it different. Pick a location that you have never used before. Add different lighting. I have used the same lights over and over but I doubt anyone ever noticed. All I did was try to be different. My flowers are always simple and I love to mix and match everything I use to set the table.  Most importantly, have fun and enjoy the process.

Below are links and photos to some wonderful blog posts about Living and Entertaining Outdoor. 

Visit These Outdoor Blog Posts!

How to Create an Outdoor Living Space by Happy Happy Nester | Patio Makeover Ideas by Modern Glam | How to Set the Perfect Outdoor Table by My 100 Year Old Home | DIY Umbrella Cover with Pom Poms by Hallstrom Home | Succulent Pot by Craftberry Bush

A Greenhouse Update by Amber Tysl | Summer Planter Centerpiece by Clean and Scentsible | Teacup Fairy Village Gardens by Life is a Party | DIY Outdoor Projects to Transform Your Yard by The Happy Housie | DIY African Wax Print Fans by Casa Watkins Living

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How to Set Perfect Outdoor Table Decor

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  1. I LOVE dining outside…there’s just something so magical about it! I’m loving all your ideas…I bet dinner at your home is lovely.

  2. From what I’ve seen, you are the “queen” of outdoor table settings! Each one is gorgeous and inviting and I would love to be invited to one of your dinner parties!

  3. Leslie,
    Your backyard is so stunning, and your parties look like a movie set. So relaxed and yet classic in style! Love your post, which is packed full of great inspiration!

  4. Love your outside dining scapes….just beautiful. I am inspired and plan to start my outdoor dining experiences ASAP. At 72 yrs old, I still love to jump out-of-my- box and do something different when it relates to entertaining friends and family. Your ideas in this blog and just amazing!
    Thank you for sharing…..

  5. Your outdoor dining ideas are so beautiful! Now you have to show us how you store all those dishes, glassware and vases!

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