Welcome to week two of the OUTDOOR EXTRAVAGANZA! Be sure to check out my DIY garden apron if you missed our Plants & Flowers blog hop.
This time, it’s all about Outdoor Decorating & Entertaining. Ready to take a look at my flea market style outdoor table setting?
Before I share the details of this outdoor project, I need to back up a bit. A few years ago while visiting my parents’ farm, I came across two old benches tucked away in a grain bin. My mom told me to take whatever I wanted, so we loaded them in the back of the truck and headed home.
I love those salvaged benches.
The next summer, we did some more “picking'” at the farm and found the matching fold-up table to the red bench. I planned on painting the legs to match, but after cleaning it up, I liked the look of the rustic wood and metal. (Perhaps I’ll change my mind down the road, not sure.)
That table has been put to use over and over again as a potting bench and more. I love how the legs fold in so it can be stored in the garage without taking up too much space. And, when we have friends over for casual summer get-togethers, I have the option of setting up another space to eat other than our deck.
Since the vintage table and bench already had a flea market look, I decided to go in that decorating direction for the tablescape.
A red garden stool and a log make up the seating for the side opposite the bench. For the table runner, I folded a blue and white striped blanket into thirds. Remember to repurpose whenever you can.
The best part about flea market style is its budget-friendly nature. Although I purchased a few new items like the napkins (on clearance), chargers (from HomeSense) and plants, everything else came from my own collection. You may recognize some of these items from previous posts.
I did tackle one DIY project for this outdoor table setting, which included these cute little succulent pots. I thought they’d make nice take-away gifts for our guests.
For the place setting, I started with a galvanized charger, layered on a white plate, followed by the napkin, and, finally, a patterned salad plate. Mine are melamine, but you could use any type of dishes. I think it would be fun to mix and match plates from garage sales and thrift shops (BTW, it’s garage sale weekend in our town starting tomorrow! Wonder what I’ll find?).
Tip: Use a tray for bringing decor in and out of the house.
The glazed blue pot and milk glass bottles are from one of my visits to Value Village. I love the simplicity and whimsy of the white rose centerpiece.
Although we have outdoor lights along the back fence for the evening hours, I added citronella tea lights in glass bowls to keep bugs away and for a bit of sparkle.
I opted to keep the food and drinks simple to go along with my casual summer vibe. One of my favourite things to make is a big jug of infused water.
Your guests can scoop up the fruit and eat it too. These mason jars remind me of a casual summer picnic. Why not have one in your own backyard?
Try marinating some olives in rosemary and olive oil. So yummy!
Easy, breezy, summer flea market style…
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Now for more outdoor decorating & entertaining ideas!
You’re going to love these creative ideas by some of my blogger friends. Be sure to stop by and say HELLO!
How to Protect Your Outdoor Cushions by The Happy Housie
Country Farmhouse Porch Decor Ideas (with a Boho Twist) by The DIY Mommy
Easy Ways to Give Your Backyard Personality by City Farmhouse
Moss Chandelier Wreath by Craftberry Bush
Flea Market Style Outdoor Table Setting by Satori Design for Living
Be sure to come back next Thursday to check out our Outdoor Build-it & Paint projects.
As well, mark your calendars for our big Outdoor Extravaganza link party on Friday, May 27th where you can share any outdoor projects new & old.
Thanks for stopping by!