You're Invited: 4 Outdoor Soirees From Rate My Space

HGTV fans share how they take the party outside in style with table settings that range from casual to chic.

An ordinary canvas party tent is transformed into a sheltered spot for a formal dinner party.

Party Pavilion Perfected
This outdoor tent may have begun as a simple stake-and-canvas structure, but the addition of sheer draperies and a gorgeously set table turn it into a magical setting for an intimate dinner with friends. Design by Rate My Space user ArtieBen.

This very chic dining room within a temporary party tent guarantees that guests can enjoy alfresco dining without worrying about bugs or weather.

Set for a Sophisticated Supper
Rate My Space user ArtieBen set the table for a summer soiree with a gladiolus and hydrangea centerpiece surrounded by river rocks and tea lights. He gave the outdoor tent an indoor feel by filling it with interior furniture and accessories - not a plastic folding chair in sight. A fabric-draped buffet holds two tall lamps for added illumination and provides space for serving desserts.

Turquoise blue and a seashell motif create a playful table setting.

Easy, Breezy and Beachy
You can almost smell the sea tang! Rate My Space user MoonlightandMagnolias artfully set the scene for a summer get-together by layering seashell plates, glasses and beach-themed accents.

Perfectly coordinated plates, glasses and linens make this place setting beachy-keen.

Nautical and Nice Rate My Space user MoonlightandMagnolias customized each place setting by gluing a single found shell to a plain white napkin ring. A woven charger, majolica-style plates and linen napkins in watercolor hues create a charming whole.

A few blooming potted plants are all you need for a simple centerpiece.

Casual Cottage Chic
Bright splashes of lime and red make this patio a colorful spot to enjoy an informal, alfresco lunch. Design by Rate My Space user standsure.

If you have the space for it, your backyard can be turned into a sophisticated setting for a large-scale event.

Bash-Ready Backyard
Rate My Space user cc1127 created the ideal area for entertaining a large group by turning what had been a wooded lot into a resort-like setting with a pool, hot tub and pergola. When your outdoor space is this spectacular, there's no need to rent a location for a special event.

A Moroccan-style mosaic table and bistro chairs create a colorful spot for a poolside snack.

Informal Poolside Gathering
Rate My Space user winterpark takes full advantage of the warm Florida weather by enjoying many casual suppers on their covered lanai.

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