25 Tables to Inspire Your Next Outdoor Dinner Party
The sun is out, and there’s only one proper way to celebrate: an outdoor party! Admit it. You’ve been waiting for an excuse to plan a party in your backyard. Prepping the table is half the fun, whether you’re planning a picnic-style affair or an all-out dinner party. Breathe a sigh of relief — we’ve found all the inspiration you need to style a stunning table. Now just invite over a few friends, pour some drinks and get ready to soak up the sun while you get your grub on.
3. Picnic Box Place Setting: Personal packed lunches in cute boxes along with pretty colorful napkins? So fun. And don’t get us started on all the yummy goodies you could find in these little lunches. Suddenly we’re totally inspired to have a picnic. (via Eric Kelley Photography)
4. Preppy Stripes: The secret ingredient to an instantly stunning tablescape is simple: stripes! It’s a great backdrop for any table setting, but we’re particularly in love with the way bright colors pop in this print-worthy photo. (via My Sweet + Saucy)
7. Surf Inspired Tablescape: We’re done with stuffy dinner parties. Kick back and keep things comfy and cool by seating your guests on soft pillows next to a low table. A colorful tassel garland makes the scene a bit more festive. It’s party time! (via Green Wedding Shoes)
9. Orange Crush Tablescape: Next up: inspiration for a mood-boosting party! Your guests won’t be disappointed to discover that dinner’s on the patio with this irresistible orange table-setting. (via Green Wedding Shoes)
10. Simple White Place Setting: Taking the party outside doesn’t mean that you have to eat with paper plates and plastic cutlery. Keep things simple, yet stylish with a monochromatic setting and a single flower. (via A LowCountry Wedding)
11. Dotty Table With DIY Planters: DIY this table for your next outdoor fete. You’ll garner bragging rights when you surprise your guests by passing out the planters as parting favors. (via Brooklyn Bride)
12. Table-Length Garland: Looking for something a bit more elegant? A long table-length garland steals the show without being too fussy. Add some taper candles to balance out the centerpiece perfectly. (via Style Me Pretty)
13. Wood Plank Table Runner: Mason jars aren’t going away any time soon. Plop some pretty flowers into hand-painted jars atop a rustic wood plank for an instant centerpiece. The horizontal napkin placing is another lovely touch and a great way to style each plate without covering up the menu. (via Wedding Chicks)
15. Terracotta Pots Centerpiece: Sometimes we’re busy. Or maybe just plain lazy. Whatever the case, we want a trendy table in a hurry, minimal cost, minimal fuss. Those potted plants hanging around your front porch? They’ll do perfectly. (via Style Me Pretty)
16. Fresh Wildflowers With a Vintage Vibe: It’s all about the details — pretty prints, pint jars, wildflowers, stripy straws and even a bit of burlap. This summery mix of southern charm and vintage prints is exactly what makes us want to get in on the fun. Invite us! (via Etsy Weddings)
17. Glitz and Glamour: Sick of the same old table setting? We hear ya. What you need is a good dose of glam. Glitter never goes out of style. And there’s no better way to break out of boring. (via Wedding Chicks)
19. Simple Succulent Place Setting: Succulents are all the rage. Not only are they beautiful, but they are virtually indestructible. Make a bunch of these mini potted versions to grace each guest’s place, and they’ll be thrilled to take it home afterward. (via Ruffled)
22. Simple Citrus Setting: Can we all agree that any event involving this amount of citrus is something we want in on? This centerpiece is pretty enough to… well, eat. If you don’t want your guests dipping into the fruit bowl, you might want to add a piece of fruit to each place setting. (via Apartment 34)
23. Sunflower Setting: Here comes the sun… flowers. Brighten up an alfresco meal with the addition of these yellow babies and napkins in coordinating colors. It’s not too fancy, just peppy and plain fun. (via Wedding Chicks)
What’s on your outdoor party table? Talk to us about your tabletop style in the comments!
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)