Ideas for Setting an Outdoor Table

Bloggers, Entertaining, Holidays, Summer
on May 22, 2014

Memorial Day weekend is finally here, paving the way for a summer filled with warm weekends by the water and lazy afternoons with family. Set a table to match summer’s easy-breezy ways with the following decor ideas from some of our favorite bloggers.

Sugar & Cloth

Floral Tablescape in Palm Springs

Whether you are heading to the beach this weekend or remaining landlocked, take your Memorial Day party to paradise with Sugar & Cloth’s tropical table setting. Serve grilled pineapple rings to your guests and save the outside of the fruit for an easy, but unique, centerpiece. Fill your pineapple vase with patriotic flowers along with bright pink and purple accents as seen in the Floral Tablescape in Palm Springs.

A Fabulous Fete

Spring Pattern Mixing

Celebrate the warm weather by using seasonal produce to dress up your table like A Fabulous Fete does in her Spring Pattern Mixing design. The black and white placemats offer a sharp contrast to the warm-colored tableware. Try this spring-inspired setting, or go with a red tomato paired with blue and white plates for a more patriotic theme.

Fashionable Hostess

Simple Summer Dinner

If you are feeling fancy, try the Fashionable Hostess’s blue, white and neutral color scheme from her post A Simple Summer Dinner. The napkin rings and glassware add an effortless formal touch to the table. We’re also digging the almost-nautical theme—the yellow lemons make us feel as if we’re out and enjoying a sunny day at sea.

Inspired by This

Cabo Dinner Party

With patriotic holidays, ocean trips and clear blue skies abound, blue is a popular color choice in the summer. Allow this blue-hued table, set by Inspired by This for the Cabo Birthday Dinner Party at Flora Farm, to inspire your Memorial Day party. Oh, and don’t forget to add a special touch with the painted leaf place cards.


Spring Munching

Mix and match as you dress your Memorial Day Table by using different patterns, textures and colors. In Junkaholique’s Spring Munching, each plate, vase and chair is one-of-a-kind. To ensure you offer tribute at every turn this Memorial Day, be sure to include bright reds and delicate blues while choosing your table décor.

Everyday Occasions

Tomato Tasting

Springtime is blooming, summer is around the corner and tomatoes are soon to be everywhere! Use the popular vegetable and Everyday Occasions’ Tomato Tasting Party as your vision for this weekend’s festivities. The simple tomato and soft colors don’t require much preparation, but the look is pleasing to the eye and invites a laid-back ambience.

At The Picket Fence

Easy Summer Entertaining

A Memorial Day party should be relaxed and comfortable, and what better way to make that happen than with drinks and appetizers on the back patio. The decorating in Easy Summer Entertaining Ideas takes minimal effort, but At The Picket Fence shows how to create a festive and cozy atmosphere with summer pillows and a bucket of refreshments. If you have little ones coming over, this may be your ideal set up!

For ideas on building your Memorial Day menus, see the following…