Outdoor Tablescapes


We love entertaining at home during the warmer months because we can set everything up outdoors and enjoy the weather with family and friends. The key to creating a space fit for entertaining outdoors is to create an Outdoor Tablescape!

In this Shop the Look feature I’m going to share my top tips and ideas on Outdoor Tablescapes and talk through how you can easily create one too!

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How to Recognize and Outdoor Tablescapes

An outdoor tablescape refers to an outdoor dining setup that has place settings with accessories and decorative elements to polish off the look. For casual gatherings you may not set the table up completely, but for those that like to be a little extra with their decor, creating an outdoor tablescape can be a fun task! 

An outdoor tablescape will typically include: a tablecloth or runner, place matts or chargers, outdoor plates, flatware, napkins, and decorative elements to the center of the table.

While that may be a large list, you can pick and choose how you want your outdoor dining tablescape to look! You may want to go all out and include lots of different decorative pieces in the center of the table, while you may sometimes only use the essentials. It’s completely up to you!

Outdoor Dining Fun Facts:

Outdoor dining started in medieval times when people celebrated with a feast outdoors. For many years after these times, outdoor dining was only for the wealthy. In the 1700’s it’s thought that Americans paid to attend pleasure gardens where they enjoyed outdoor meals.

Al Fresco dining is the more modern term for eating outdoors, which is Italian for “in the fresh air”. Indeed – enjoying meals outdoors in the fresh air is commonplace in many European countries.

Nowadays, many homeowners like to create their own outdoor dining and living spaces so they can comfortably enjoy the good weather. These areas are often an extension of their indoor spaces.

Style Clues

This style often includes:

  • Tablecloth or runners
  • Chargers
  • Napkins
  • Outdoor plates
  • Flatware
  • Decorative Accessories

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Geometric Placemat Set

Use a fun patterned placemat to start arranging place settings!

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Melamine 12-Piece Dinnerware Set

This set of melamine dinnerware is perfect for those summery evenings spent outdoors! Melamine is a durable dinnerware material.

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Fluted Acrylic Glasses

Use fluted glasses to add a fun and decorative touch to your outdoor tablescape!

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Cotton Linen Napkins

It’s always a good idea to stock up on linen napkins! We love this set of cotton linen blend ones.

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Rattan Placemats

Add texture to your outdoor tablescape with these rattan placemats! They are perfect for layering with.

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Basketweave Table Runner

This easy-clean basketweave table runner is ideal for those that prefer a minimal look.

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Navy Stripe Outdoor Tablecloth

This navy stripe outdoor tablecloth is ideal for using to protect to your furniture from spills! And it provides a fun backdrop from which to build your tablescape on.

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Champagne Flatware Set

Use this set of champagne flatware to inject a sophisticated and stylish feel to your outdoor tablescape.

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Melamine Dinnerware Set

This set of melamine dinnerware is a classic that you will love for many years!

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