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Flea Market Style Outdoor Table Setting

See how I created a flea market style outdoor table setting using salvaged, vintage and on-hand decor. You’ll love these budget-friendly, yet charming summer entertaining ideas!

Welcome to week two of the OUTDOOR EXTRAVAGANZA! Be sure to check out my DIY garden apron if you missed our Plants & Flowers projects.

This time, it’s all about Outdoor Decorating & Entertaining. Ready to take a look at my flea market style outdoor table setting ideas?

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.

After some TLC, one became the yellow bench that sits on our front porch, and the other was used to create a container garden.

Backyard Vegetable, Herb and Flower Garden Made With Salvaged Red Bench

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.)

Vintage Outdoor Table and Bench with Red Legs and Weathered Wood

That vintage outdoor 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.

Flea Market Style Outdoor Table Setting

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.

Flea Market Style Outdoor Table Setting With Red, White and Blue Outdoor Decor

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.

Flea Market Style Outdoor Table Setting With Mini Potted Succulents

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?).

Flea Market Style Outdoor Table Setting With Red Garden Stool and Mini Potted Succulents in Whitewashed Pots
Flea Market Style Outdoor Table Setting With Red, White and Blue Decor

Outdoor Entertaining Tip: Use a tray for bringing decor and tableware in and out of the house.

Wood Tray With Dishes for Outdoor Flea Market Style Table Setting

The glazed blue pot and milk glass vases are from one of my visits to Value Village. I love the simplicity and whimsy of the white rose centerpiece.

Flea Market Style Outdoor Table Setting With Potted Succulents and Roses in Blue Pot

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.

Flea Market Style Outdoor Table Setting With Milk Glass and Boho Decor

Simple Brunch Food and Drinks

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.

Oversized Glass Jar with Orange Infused Water

Slice up a few oranges to add a bit of colour and flavour to any water. So refreshing!

Orange Infused Water in Mason Jar

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?

Outdoor Table Setting With Potted Succulents and Thrift Store Finds
Outdoor Brunch Table Setting With Blue and White Patterned Plates

Try marinating some olives in rosemary and olive oil. So yummy!

Jar of Rosemary Marinated Olives
Outdoor Table Setting with Glass Canister and Wooden Tray

Easy, breezy, summer flea market style… Just as the season is supposed to be, right?

Eclectic Outdoor Table Setting

Pin these flea market style outdoor table ideas for later!

Flea Market Style Outdoor Table Setting With Rustic Table, Milk Glass, Potted Succulents and More

More Outdoor Decorating and Entertaining Ideas

You’re going to love these creative ideas by some of my blogger friends. Be sure to stop by and say HELLO!

Outdoor Extravaganza 2016 - 3 Weeks of DIY Outdoor Ideas

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.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Shauna at Satori Design for Living Blog - Home Decor, DIY, Vintage Finds, Recipes


  1. From the milk glass to the succulents you have created my perfect table for entertaining. Wonderful post – super inspiring for summer parties to come!

  2. This is s gorgeous and inspiring! I’m planning an outdoor tablescape at my childhood home in rural Alberta this summer and this totally got my creative juices flowing. Thanks for the inspiration, Pinned! :)

    1. So you’re a rural Alberta raised gal too? On a farm? I’m finding out more and more that we have a lot in common. Good luck with your outdoor tablescape. Hope you’ll share it on your blog!

      1. Yes! I was born in Calgary but we moved to an acreage east of Strathmore when I was 12. I grew up there, but moved back to Calgary for college. Now I live in Calgary but head east to visit my family whenever I can. The prairies are such a peaceful, therapeutic place for me! I actually shoot a lot of style content for the blog there. :) And I’ll definitely blog the tablescape later this summer! It’s funny, they have lots of wooden stumps in sheds and what not, I always go foraging when I’m there. I even turned one into a side-table (I blogged that, too!). Have a great weekend, Shauna!

  3. What a beautiful outdoor space! The table setting is gorgeous. So inspiring what you can achieve on a budget with reclaimed items.

    1. Thanks, Meaghan! Yes, you can definitely decorate on a budget these days. I’m off to see what I can find at garage sales this weekend. It’s amazing what you can find secondhand!

  4. This is absolutely beautiful! I love the colours you used – and the rustic and natural touches are perfect. Sorry it took me so long to get over here- crazy week last week!!

    1. I tend to go more neutral in the house, but for our backyard, I like colour. I guess it’s a short season and I want it to be as bright and cheery as possible. Happy belated anniversary. I hope you had an amazing weekend :)

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