Summer Entertaining Al Fresco Style

With the onset of warm weather, we find ourselves dining outside as much as possible. One of my favorite things to do over the summer months is entertain outside. I find it more casual and everyone just seems to relax and have a great time. Usually we start the party in the kitchen with beverages and appetizers, but we always dine al fresco (weather permitting), and as soon as it turns a bit chilly, we sit around a fire on our stone patio well in to the evening. It’s summer perfection!

 

Decorating for Casual Summer Dining

 

We purchased our round table and chairs a few years ago, which work well for the size of our upper deck. (If you noticed the chairs are missing their wooden arms, it’s because I’m currently re-finishing them.)

This year I wanted to brighten my outdoor decor up a bit, incorporating blue and yellow along with the existing grey.

 

Casual Summer Entertaining with Mason Jars

While shopping for new summer dining items, I came across the robin’s egg blue placemats that can easily be wiped down, as well as the cheery paper napkins in a chevron/ikat pattern. They were the jumping off point for my color scheme this season.

 

Mason Jars as Water Glasses

 

To carry on with the casual theme, I decided to use simple mason jars as drinking glasses.

 

Potted Rosemary as Table Centerpiece

 

Potted herbs or flowers always make an easy and inexpensive centerpiece.

 

Summer Table Decorating

 

I also like to include a bit of the beach, so I opted for these starfish.

 

Turquoise and Yellow Summer Table Setting

 

The potted callalilies surrounding the table incorporate the yellow and extend the vignette. I love the tropical vibe they add.

 

Candlelight for Outdoor Dining

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And, finally, the citrine tealight holders create that extra bit of shimmer to the table and provide ambient lighting as the sun begins to set.

 

Do you like to entertain al fresco style in the summer? What are some of your favorite items to create a beautiful tablescape?

 

Be sure to check out all of the other Outdoor Decorating Projects as part of the Outdoor Extravaganza.

 

Outdoor Extravaganza Blogger Link Parties

 

I’m heading over to Amanda’s to join her party today and I’d love for you to link up as well!

 

I Joined the Outdoor Extravaganza

 

Hope to see you there!

Shauna Oberg

Comments

  1. says

    A beautiful summery table setting! Love how you used the aqua and lemon yellow colors in this lovely tablescape. Using the mason jars as drinking glasses is a lovely idea and the citrine candle holders are absolutely adorable:) Beautiful tablescape. Thanks for the summer inspiration!Hugs,Poppy

  2. says

    What fun colors – I LOVE those chevron/ikat napkins!  Of course, mason jars are always a good thing too!  

    I love sitting outside, enjoying a cocktail on my vintage glider.  Just bought some fun pillows for it – perfect for summer!
    Kelly

    • says

      The napkins were a great find! Your outdoor spot sounds lovely and that’s really all it takes is creating a welcoming space to enjoy all summer. Thanks for stopping by!

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