Perfect Patio Tablescape Recipe
I’m so excited we’re in full patio season mode, with sunny days, warm breezes, and outdoor entertaining that will stretch through the next several months. One of the best ways to kick off a new season? A dinner party, of course!
Here are my favorite ideas for creating Instagram-worthy outdoor dining spaces that will wow your guests and will be easy to maintain throughout the season. Pulling together a beautiful space doesn’t have to be complicated. Here’s my simple recipe!
Here’s are the step by step pieces you need to bring this to life, along with links to my favorite resources.
1. Outdoor Table Runner
I love a runner that can stay outside and handle the elements. For spring, I’m using an artificial grass runner. This gives my table a fun, unconventional twist and won’t look dingy over time as many outdoor fabric ones will. Here’s the one I’m using. It is easily cut to size and mine has been holding up nicely.
Whether purchased or foraged, small branches are a great way to add a sophisticated natural element. I love grapewood and manzanita in particular. These are available at most home decor retailers and of course Amazon Prime.
3. Tall Floral Arrangements or Cloches
I like to add a couple of taller elements to the tablescape for dramatic effect. Be sure to weight vases with pebbles and pick sturdy cloches that won’t be picked up by the wind.
4. Small Floral Arrangements
I like to keep these simple, just using foraged greenery and buying a couple of stems to add. This is a nice way to infuse a pop of color and elegance without spending a lot. These geometric tea light holders from CB2 are my favorite double duty decor staples. Here I used them with a small piece of floral foam and live floral.
I always love to add a little something special and sentimental into every design. In my case, this is a gift from a friend’s recent trip to Morocco. All the better if you can weave in something from one of the guests you’ve invited to dinner. It’s a nice touch to express gratitude for their thoughtfulness, and won’t go unnoticed.
A mix of small and large votives adds to the overall curated look of your tablescape. Seriously nothing beats outdoor dining illuminated by candlelight. These art deco mercury glass beauties from West Elm are my absolute favorite. I’ve used them at most events/dinners over the last several months and I never get tired of them.
Chargers add a sophisticated touch and don’t take up a lot of space on top of the table. For outdoor use, I recommend melamine or wood chargers, which come in an endless array of designs and won’t chip or ding.
I again recommend melamine plates for outdoors, and the design options are so chic, you could use these as everyday options as well. Bloomingdales in particular has endless gorgeous options available right now.
Ahhh flatware. My love. So many amazing options to choose from. You can’t really go wrong, as these items won’t be spending a lot of time outdoors. Acrylic is an option that adds sophistication, but is also durable and versatile with any design.
10. Colored Wine/Drink Glasses
To me, this is the easiest way to dial up your tabletop. Choose something that goes with your decor and have fun with it. I used black to add a bit of sophistication, but choose something you absolutely love that suits the vibe you’re hoping to achieve.
11. Knotted Napkins
No need to break out the iron or do any complicated folding. This will save you a ton of time. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to achieve this casual, chic look.
I hope this gives you some simple ideas for beautiful dinners and events with friends and family. The decor details are really about creating an aesthetic space that makes you and your guests feel relaxed and loved. I hope you’ll take every opportunity to create special little moments and celebrate this wonderful time of year.