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!
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.
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.
To carry on with the casual theme, I decided to use simple mason jars as drinking glasses.
Potted herbs or flowers always make an easy and inexpensive centerpiece.
I also like to include a bit of the beach, so I opted for these starfish.
The potted callalilies surrounding the table incorporate the yellow and extend the vignette. I love the tropical vibe they add.
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.
I’m heading over to Amanda’s to join her party today and I’d love for you to link up as well!
Hope to see you there!