Looking for inspiration for your outdoor dining this summer? Create a simple yet stunning neutral outdoor tablescape using low-cost and easy to assemble items you likely have on hand!
Setting the table is by far one of my favorite ways to decorate.
I love pulling all the pieces together to create a cohesive, yet interesting display and the fun of sharing a meal around it.
With summer in full swing, now is the time to take advantage of the nice weather and put together fun tablescapes outside!
Even if it’s just for a fun dinner as a family, adding some decor to the table will make your meal feel like a “special event.”
I hope this tablescape gives you some ideas for how you can set your outdoor table this summer!
Inspiration for a Summer Outdoor Tablescape
Welcome to our backyard picnic table – my favorite place to set the table during the summer!
As always, I added softness to the rough wood table using a neutral throw blanket laid on the table at an angle in place of a tablecloth and neutral throw pillows as seat cushions.
I chose to keep the color scheme simple and neutral, with creams, greens and golds.
These linen napkins are used on my table all the time!
I love that the fabric is really soft, making them easy to arrange in a casual way like this simple knot.
I layered up the place settings with hyacinth chargers, green chargers and two sizes of white plates.
Layers are the key to making a tablescape look like a million bucks! 😉
The centerpieces were simply greenery plants in gold buckets, LED pillar candles atop my favorite wood coasters and gold mercury glass candle holders (originally from the Dollar Tree!)
I added other pops of green with the coffee mugs at each place setting and the appetizer plates on either end of the table.
One of my favorite ways to fill the “empty space” you might have in your tablescape is with small plates like the green polka-dot ones I thrifted years ago.
The best trick to using a tablecloth (or in this case, a throw) that isn’t quite big enough for your table is to lay it down at an angle.
The visual interest you get from the corners on the table and the longer tapers down the side are wonderful!
See the way it drapes longer down the left side of the table there? So fun!
I’m not gonna lie, I’m slightly obsessed with my gold flatware and I have been for a while!
The elegance it brings to a tablescape, even one on an old, worn wood table like our picnic table, is unmatched.
So what do you think of my most recent table design?
I love that it feels casual but still elegant. 🙂
Wish I could have you all over for a fun night of food and drinks!!
I hope you’re enjoying the weather outdoors with some meals outside and that this tablescape opens up your eyes to some easy ways to fancy up the table. 🙂
1 thought on “Neutral Outdoor Tablescape for Summer Dining”
This is so beautiful and tranquil! I would love to do this for my family, Rachel!