Table Settings for Outdoor Entertaining

Beautiful table settings are a great way to take your outdoor entertaining to the next level. Be inspired by these tablescapes made for the great outdoors.

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October 22, 2019

Photo By: Julie Soefer Photography

Photo By: Julie Soefer Photography

Photo By: Michael Khait

Photo By: Jason Kisner ©Copyright 2013, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jason Kisner ©Copyright 2013, HGTV/Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Photo By: Cassidy Garcia; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Photo By: Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

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Deck With Globe Pendants

Woven materials set a laid-back, stylish tone in this outdoor space. Lighting comes from a trio of globe pendants; hanging them from different heights and mixing their size makes them pretty to look at night or day.

Outdoor Dining Table With Candles

For a centerpiece, a collection of candles in big and little glass hurricanes is an eye-catching choice. Light them as the sun goes down and the magic continues.

Tablescape Creates an Inviting Outdoor Dining Table

An outdoor dining table welcomes diners thanks to an inviting tablescape. Dining alfresco is a great option for hosting family and friends.

Rustic Table Setting for Outdoor Fall Entertaining

With a few seasonal touches, such as vases made from squash, a rustic picnic table becomes a show-stopping setting for a fall dinner party — without interfering with the spectacular view from Gooseberry Knob at The Swag Country Inn near Waynesville, N.C.

Rustic Fall Table Setting With Colorful Flowers

Simple and pretty, this rustic outdoor tabletop makes an easy setting for casual fall gatherings.

Outdoor Dining Table

The massive outdoor dining table, crafted from salvaged wood, is sixteen feet in length -- no small consideration for a family of nine, plus guests.

Outdoor Dining Area

A wood and rope chandelier helps tie together this chic outdoor dining space.

Fall Tablescape in Stone Courtyard

Floral, copper and rose gold accents coordinate with navy in this gleaming fall tablescape. Instead of chairs, the designer chose to add a bench to one side of the table. A cozy throw draped over the bench adds a feeling of warmth. Set in a beautiful courtyard, the combination of the stone and vines provides texture, creating an inviting space perfect for hosting an outdoor party or even Thanksgiving dinner.

Gorgeous Rainbow-Themed Table Setting

Rock the rainbow for your wedding reception, birthday party, pride celebration or any get-together by mixing vintage dishes in ROYGBIV's saturated shades.

Gorgeous Rainbow-Themed Table Setting

Rock the rainbow for your wedding reception, birthday party, pride celebration or any get-together by mixing vintage dishes in ROYGBIV's saturated shades.

Spring Table Setting

A mix of light grey and white sets the perfect backdrop for a springtime table setting made up of vibrant garden tones.

Chic and Sheer

Jamie Durie, host of The Outdoor Room, used clear Louis XIV chairs, hot-pink accessories and fresh flowers to make this table setting a conversation piece.

Casual Elegance

There's a lot going on in this comfy outdoor room, so the table setting needs to be simple. Everyday items like a steel tub, white tableware and small potted plants add style without overwhelming the space.

Island Fever

This long table is the perfect outdoor setting for someone who loves to entertain. The bright tableware pops against the natural dark wood.

Coco Cabana

An alfresco meal poolside? Yes, please. Once again, Jamie Durie transforms an outdoor space into an oasis using bright colors, durable materials and comfortable fabrics.

Outdoor Table Setting

An earthy dining table can be brightened up yellow dining ware and blue napkin rings liven up brown and orange napkins.

Outdoor Dining Table with White Place Settings

This outdoor dining table is set for a tea party with mini flower arrangements, topiary trees and petits fours. Wooden fold-out chairs contribute to the easy, yet elegant mood.

Green and White Outdoor Dining Table

A charming wooden dining table has been set up outdoors, with places for eight set with green and white plates and a single white floral adornment. In the center of the table is a small vase filled with yellow and red wildflowers. Wooden lounge chairs sit by a relaxing pool, the perfect place to cool off after dining al fresco.

Outdoor Dining With Spring Decor

Anytime you're casually entertaining guests outdoors, it's wise to take the hosting pressure off of yourself by setting the table up grab-and-go style. This simply means adding stacks of plates to the table, along with a pitcher and vessels of fresh ingredients to grab once the grill is fired up.

Green and White Outdoor Spring Table Setting

Weather permitting, take your spring parties outdoors. Here, designer Brian Patrick Flynn used a green and white color palette for the table's linens and place settings and puts mismatched vintage chairs to work for seating. Instead of a standard centerpiece, he used chicken lawn ornaments and watering cans filled with fresh tulips.

Outdoor Wood Dining Room with Nautical Table Setting

The charming, nautical themed table setting on the outdoor patio for a clambake at the HGTV Dream Home in Martha's Vineyard.

Casual Table Setting for Thanksgiving Brunch

For Thanksgiving brunch, relax the rules and plan a get-together that's a little less traditional. Set your table with a mix of modern and rustic details. Vintage-inspired chairs, cutting boards used as chargers and plates, and galvanized buckets as candleholders will all add to the beauty of your harvest table.

Bring the Indoors Out

No patio furniture? No worries! Weather permitting, bring your dining table, chairs, china, glasses and utensils outdoors to turn your patio into a fine-dining experience. Guests will appreciate the extra effort and your carefully prepared meal will look (and taste) much better served on china instead of a flimsy, disposable plates.

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