How to Set Your Outdoor Table

Outdoor dining season is officially in full swing, so we’re breaking down everything you need to make sure your next warm weather gathering looks as good as it tastes.

Set The Scene

When setting your table, you’ll want to consider what’s on the menu, where you’re located and what the occasion is to reflect the mood. Whether you decide to go nautical or classic garden party, establishing the vibe beforehand sets the tone for your gathering and influences the pieces you’ll bring to the table.

Shatterproof It

When dining outside, especially when sandals and bare feet are involved, shatterproof dinnerware and drinkware are a must. More sustainable than disposable plates and cups, pieces like our Alfresco Melamine Collection and Classic Acrylic Drinkware not only look like real hand thrown ceramic and mouthblown glass, they’re dishwasher safe for stylish use again and again. Layer salad plates and bowls with large dinner plates from the Millie Tile Melamine Collection to pull off an eclectic table setting.

Serve Family Style

Alfresco entertaining is typically more laid back than indoor affairs, so we love the idea of serving your guests family style with shatterproof bowls and trays. The Millie Tile Melamine Collection is inspired by traditional Moroccan designs. The platters and servers add flair to the dining table and bring people together over shared food and good conversation.

Get A Layered Look

Once you have your dinnerware and serveware sorted, it’s time to amp up the texture and finish off the table setting. Nothing says summer like a placemat made from natural materials. Our favorite round water hyacinth placemats are perfect for adding sustainable dimension. Pair with our kantha stitch Bali Tassel Napkins,and elevate the look with brass or gold flatware like Arezzo.

Add Some Ambience

Whether you finish off your table setting with a seasonal floral arrangement or a charming lantern, a decorative element at the center of your table adds ambience and ties the whole tablescape together. Add some flameless candles for a beautiful glow that will last all evening.

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