Party design 101: Outdoor table settings

by Carolyn Andrews 03/19/2023

If you’re hosting an outdoor dinner party, your choice of outdoor table settings can make a huge impact on the experience. No matter the size of your outdoor space or dining table, you can create a memorable party experience with creative aesthetic details.

Not sure where to begin? Here are some fun ideas and tips for designing your outdoor table:

Choose a color theme for your table decorations

It's best to start by figuring out your color scheme for your outdoor party decor. Whether it’s a combination of colors or a single unifying hue, you can use it as a starting point for developing a decorative theme.

Crisp white has been lauded as a favorite garden party color for decades and is also perfect for elegant alfresco celebrations. The white color is also easy to coordinate, and you can find plenty of options when deciding on the flowers to add. 

Add a living centerpiece

The best outdoor dining tables are decorated with stunning decor. Choose flowers and plants for your table decor and create a beautiful living centerpiece.

Lavender is both trendy and timeless as natural decor, whether fresh or dried. Other ideas include miniature succulent arrangements, bold bouquets and fragrant herbs from your garden.

Luxuriate with an elegant tablecloth

Functionality is just as important as style when it comes to outdoor entertaining. For a tablecloth, go with a high-performance textile with easy-care features. Not only will it be aesthetically pleasing, but it will last for seasons of parties to come. 

You can take color cues from other aspects of your table settings to develop a cohesive theme. Or, go for a boho chic approach and celebrate quirky contrast with mismatched elements. 

When planning an outdoor table setting, you’ll need all the basics: dinner plates, dessert plates, utensils, glassware and more. However, to really create a memorable outdoor dining experience, use these tips as inspiration for extra special alfresco entertaining.

About the Author

Carolyn Andrews

Carolyn Andrews has over 30 years licensed Brokerage experience in both California and Colorado. Born in England, Carolyn moved to California in 1980, then relocated to Denver, Colorado in 1991. Carolyn has also received recognition for Top Sales at RE/MAX Alliance Aurora in 2007-2008 and is a member of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame & Chairman’s Club, as well as a recipient of the ReMax Lifetime Achievement Award. Carolyn has sold over 2000 homes personally in her career. Carolyn has been actively involved in many aspects of the Real Estate business including investment property, luxury homes, mountain resort property, skiin/ski out, REO/default management, loss mitigation, valuations, and disposition. She has been a speaker and panelist at several conferences and has been consulted on many occasions by various organizations in the REO/financial industries for her expertise and served on many boards. She has attended numerous ongoing classes to stay abreast of changes in the ever-evolving Real Estate industry. She is the prior State Director for Colorado for VAREP(Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals). She is a member of 3 boards of Realtors including Metro Denver, Colorado Springs and Summit County mountain areas. She heads up The Andrews Group and is or has been an active member of NAR, CAR,REOMAC, CIPS, CRS, AREAA, NAPW, NAHREP, and is an original member of the ELITEReal Estate network. She was ranked #1 for most homes sold in Denver 2007 by Denver Board of Realtors, #2 for 2008, and #2 for 2009, #5 in 2010 and #4 in 2011 and has been consistently in the top 10 ever since. Carolyn Andrews has been a top rated Endorsed Local Provider for the Dave Ramsey Organization and also a Top Producing agent for 2018 for the Homelight Company.