Summer Outdoor Dining Ideas

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I know I don’t even need to tell you how much I love outdoor dining. Today I created a new table that has a very fun summer color palette.

There is something so special about sitting around a table outside. Fresh air, fresh food, and the way the conversation and laughter hover around the table and then float away like a balloon.

Fabulous Outdoor Dining Ideas

I love the color aqua, and I thought it might be fun to create a summer outdoor dining idea on our back patio. I ran to Trader Joe’s for flowers and put this table together in less than an hour.

Outdoor Dining and Summer Colors

Outdoor Dining Colors

Outdoor Dining and Setting a Table

Since I have been so focused on the beach house these past few months, I decided to bring the beach house feeling to our home and create a wonderful aqua-themed table.

I cannot believe it took me this long to realize how stunning an aqua-themed table would look in our backyard. The colors are my favorite. Wow.

Just so you know, I teamed up with some very talented bloggers today. They all shared their Outdoor Entertaining ideas so scroll down to the bottom of this post to see all of their ideas.

I love this view of my table overlooking the backyard. It’s a very simple table and as you know, simple is my favorite way to decorate.

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Arranging Flowers for My Outdoor Dining Table

I absolutely love how the flowers turned out for our outdoor dining table.

As usual, I bought them at Trader Joe’s. I knew going into it that I wouldn’t be able to use the main color in my flower arrangement. I mean, who wants aqua flowers in their arrangement, right? So when I arrived at the store, I knew I wanted predominantly green with a little bit of white.

How about that vase? It is actually a vintage battery jar and I bought it at a vintage sale. I own a few clear ones and I just love the aqua color of this battery jar!

Outdoor Dining and Summer Colors

The flowers were very easy to arrange and did not take long at all. Maybe 15 minutes total to arrange?

  • one – Here are the flowers I bought at Trader Joe’s. I bought about 75% green and 25% white flowers. I didn’t have any big plans and certainly knew I wouldn’t be looking for aqua flowers, thus white and green seemed like a good idea.
  • two – I filled the battery jar with water and started adding the greenery.
  • three – I just kept adding greenery and loved the variety of choices I was able to find at the grocery store.
  • four – Don’t laugh but this was the last photo I took of my flower arranging lesson. Sometimes I zone out and forget to stop and take photos. Oh well, all I did was keep adding green stems and then I added the white flowers at the end. It was pretty straightforward, I promise.

You can see the finished floral arrangement in the next photo.

Setting the Dining Table

Outdoor Dining and Fresh Flowers

I used some of my favorite vintage aqua pieces that I use to have at our beach house. The aqua spritzers are amazing and I love them. If you look closely, you can see the vintage jards filled with all of the sea glass I have collected on the Ventura beaches.

My favorite colors of sea glass to collect are white, green, and aqua. It is abundant on the beaches, and I love hunting for sea glass. It’s so relaxing.

The placemats and napkins are eight years old, but I made a few recommendations below. The dishes are Sophie Conran and I love the color so much and the polka-dot glasses are so much fun to add to any table.

Outdoor Dining with a Beach Theme

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I teamed up with some amazing bloggers and here are their Outdoor Entertaining posts!

Make Simple Pizzas On The Grill // Most Lovely Things

24 Outdoor Dining and Entertaining Tips For Your Backyard // Twelve On Main

Creating An Outdoor Dining Experience // My Sweet Savannah

Summer Outdoor Dining Ideas // My 100 Year Old Home

Outdoor Entertaining Ideas For Your Backyard // Modern Glam

Easy Tips For Outdoor Entertaining // Inspiration For Moms

Fruity Sangria Recipe // Happy Happy Nester

Poolside Happy Hour Entertaining Ideas // Life Is Better At Home

Refreshing Summer Drink Recipes & Summer Entertaining Ideas // The Happy Housie

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  1. You inspire me! always beautiful ,, hosting my first garden party in august! I always follow your post! xox My mom is also Amazing on this kinda stuff!

  2. Beautiful Leslie! Finding sea glass is a rare commodity here in the Northeast so every time I find some, I grab it up. I love your vintage Spritzer bottles – now an addition to my “must find” list 😉.

  3. Hi Leslie, Would you mind sharing where you bought your outdoor table and chairs. I love the look!

  4. I love your blog. I love that you’re always creating new tablescapes. I live in Texas so the window for outdoor eating is very narrow. Early Spring and early Fall. At least that’s without a patio cover and fans/heaters. I’ve never been to California so I don’t know if this is a problem where you live, but here in the summer the flies are such a nuisance when trying to dine outdoors. Is that a problem for you and how do you deal with them? Thank you!

  5. Such a pretty color combination – I love to aqua, and you did a beautiful job with it. Of course I always love your flower arrangements too! 🙂 Thanks for the beautiful inspiration, and, hope you’re having a lovely 4th of July weekend!

  6. Love sea glass. Where can I purchase the white? Is it sold by weight, container size.?
    Where can I find for sale the battery jar? What was it actually used for?
    Can the looks dot glasses be used as water glasses, tea glasses?
    You are the best!

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