Transform Your Outdoor Dining Experience: How to Set the Table


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As the warmer months bring the return of patio season, the best seat in your house may be outdoors. Whether you're planning a laid-back family meal or a sophisticated dinner party under the stars, setting the perfect outdoor table can elevate your gathering from ordinary to extraordinary. In this blog, we'll guide you through the essentials of creating a stunning outdoor tablescape, featuring our top-notch collection of outdoor dining accessories. Let’s make your next outdoor meal a memorable event!

Choosing Your Theme:

First things first, pick a theme that resonates with the occasion. Whether you’re going for a rustic country look, a vibrant tropical vibe, or a sophisticated nautical style, your theme will guide the choice of tableware, decorations, and overall ambiance. Remember, the aim is to create a welcoming and cohesive environment that reflects both the beauty of nature and your style.

Setting the Table:

Start with a sturdy outdoor table that holds up against the elements and provides a spacious canvas for your artistic arrangements. We recommend an extendable patio table if you plan on having more than six guests. Here’s how to lay the foundation for your outdoor dining:

  • Tablecloth and Placemats: Begin by laying down a stylish tablecloth or our elegant, weather-resistant placemats. These add a layer of sophistication and protect your table surface. Choose colors and patterns that compliment your theme and add visual interest.

  • Shatterproof Dishes and Glassware: Next, arrange our shatterproof dishes and glassware. These pieces are practical for outdoor settings and help you avoid the heartache of broken glass. Layer plates with different sizes and colors to add depth to your table setting. Plus, our shatterproof glasses come in many styles and glass shapes such as martinis, margaritas, pilsners, and more, to match the vibe of your event.

  • Napkins and Folding Techniques: A beautifully folded napkin can elevate your tablescape significantly. For a touch of elegance, try the Bishop’s Hat fold, which stands upright and grand, or the simple yet sophisticated Pocket fold, perfect for tucking in cutlery or a sprig of herbs. Use high-quality fabric napkins that complement your theme.

  • Cutlery: Arrange the cutlery according to the menu. The general rule is to place the fork on the left of the plate and the knife and spoon on the right, with the blade of the knife facing toward the plate. If serving several courses, remember that the outermost cutlery is used first.

Enhancing the Ambiance:

  • Outdoor Lighting: Lighting is crucial in creating the right mood. Our range of outdoor lighting options, including candles, string lights, and lanterns, can be used to illuminate your space beautifully come evening. Hang string lights overhead or place lanterns strategically around the dining area for a warm glow.

  • Centerpieces and Faux Plants: Create a striking centerpiece that draws the eye but doesn’t obstruct conversation. Use our faux plants for a touch of greenery that requires no maintenance but looks lush and vibrant. Combine with real flowers, produce, and other decorative items that fit your chosen theme.

  • Ice Buckets: Keep beverages chilled and close at hand with an elegant ice bucket. Place one or more depending on the size of your gathering, ensuring guests have easy access to refreshments without having to go back and forth in the house.

Hosting Tips:

  • Preparation is Key: Prepare as much as possible in advance to minimize last-minute hassles. Pre-set the table, prepare dishes that can be made ahead, and ensure you have extra napkins and serving utensils just in case.

  • Consider the Weather: Always have a backup plan for unexpected weather changes. Gazebos or outdoor umbrellas can save a sunny day from turning into a sunburnt disaster and can keep the rain from dampening your spirits.

  • Guest Comfort: Provide outdoor cushions for seating if your outdoor chairs are hard or metallic, and consider having some blankets on hand for when the evening gets cooler.

  • Pest Control: To avoid unwelcome critters, place citronella candles around your dining area, or consider a stylish bug zapper. Offering a natural bug spray can also be a thoughtful touch to keep guests comfortable.

Plan your next outdoor event.

With the right tools, accessories, and a bit of creativity, you can transform your outdoor space into a delightful dining venue that your guests will talk about for years to come. Our range of outdoor dining accessories is designed to help you achieve just that—effortlessly and elegantly. So, gather your friends and family, set a date, and get ready to host a spectacular outdoor meal that perfectly captures the essence of open-air dining. Happy hosting!

23rd Apr 2024 BigCommerce

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