Outdoor Summer Tablescape for a Fancy Alfresco Dinner

Outdoor Summer Tablescape - Back to Basics Blog Hop

Who says you can’t bring your favorite dishes outdoors on a regular Wednesday night?    Last week, I created an outdoor summer tablescape as part of a new monthly blog series I am joining in called Back to Basics hosted my friends Jenn & Vicki from 2 Bees in a Pod and Coco from The Crowned Goat.  This month’s challenge was to each share our ideas for how to create a beautiful summer table.  Be sure to check out even more summer table ideas below!

 

Back to Basics - 8 Summer Table Ideas

Outdoor Summer Tablescape

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Who says you can't bring your favorite dishes outdoors on a regular Wednesday night? I had a small alfresco dinner party in mind when I set this table. Stop by to see how I set it as well as 7 more summer table ideas from my friends as part of the Back to Basics Decor. #summertablescape http://lehmanlane.net  

Because it’s summer we try and eat outside as much as we possibly can.  With 4 kids, the less crumbs I have to vacuum up, the better.  Our backyard patio is finally done and we love it so much that we moved our outdoor table and chairs back there so we could enjoy even more meals outside together.

Outdoor Summer Tablescape

I had a small alfresco dinner party in mind when I set this table.

Outdoor Summer Tablescape

I created this outdoor summer tablescape just as I would any formal indoor table.

Outdoor Summer Tablescape on our backyard farmhouse patio for an intimate alfresco dinner

For the centerpiece, I brought out my favorite glass cloche and added 2 strands of fairy lights to the inside of it.  I cut and added some fresh boxwood greens and white hydrangea flowers from my yard to surround the cloche and fill the center of the table.

Outdoor Summer Tablescape on our backyard farmhouse patio for a fancy alfresco dinner!

Two candlesticks on either side of our glass cloche add some ambience when lit after the sun goes down.

Outdoor summer Tablescape

And a few more white hydrangea inside glass ball jars always look pretty!

Outdoor Summer Tablescape on our backyard farmhouse patio for a fancy alfresco dinner! white hydrangea, ball jar

Classic neutral dishes and glassware look great season to season and help make setting a pretty table effortless.

Outdoor Summer Tablescape - Back to Basics Blog Hop

All that’s left is to simply change out the greenery, flowers and colors to match the occasion you are celebrating.

Outdoor Summer Tablescape on our backyard farmhouse patio for a fancy alfresco dinner!

Outdoor Summer Tablescape

Because it’s summer and there are lots of bugs I made 2 bug repellant luminaries to add to our table.

Outdoor Summer Tablescape - ball jar bug repellant luminary

A ball jar, lemons, rosemary, water, lavender oil and a tea light were all that it took to make these.

Outdoor Summer Tablescape - ball jar bug repellant luminary

The jury is still out whether the luminaries keep the bugs away or attract them (notice the gnat in the jar) but they looked pretty and smelled nice!

Outdoor Summer Tablescape for our Backyard Farmhouse Patio

I have a confession to make… No meals were actually enjoyed at this table this night :).  Even though we never ate at this table it was just too pretty a table and summer night to waste.  That night, I took my kids to float night at our local pool and we ordered pizza instead :).

Outdoor Summer Tablescape at night

After the kids were in bed I did light the candles and pour Jason and I each a glass of wine!  Sometimes it’s just fun to decorate whether you have something planned or not and now I know exactly how I want to set my table for a fancy alfresco dinner next time!!!

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18 thoughts on “Outdoor Summer Tablescape for a Fancy Alfresco Dinner

  1. What a fabulous spot to enjoy a glass of wine and relax after a fun day, Tara! You grow the prettiest flowers I swear you need to host a gardening class 🙂 I love all the classic touches you added to make this space so beautiful. Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thank you so much for including me in this new series CoCo! Gardening really is a kind of therapy for me so I appreciate your comments about my garden very much :).

  2. I love outdoor dining. Your setting is perfect for entertaining and relaxing with a glass of wine. The 2 bug repellent luminaries are such a great idea. I am going to give those a try on my front porch

  3. Oh my goodness Tara, it’s SO pretty! You know I’m loving the neutral colours and that lovely little cloche looks so perfect all lit up with lights!

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