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25 Quick Ways to Add Charm to Outdoor Dining Areas

August 30, 2016

Set the scene for relaxing get-togethers and fantastic meals with these inexpensive updates.

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Colorful and Creative

For a fast fiesta, gather a few small pots with easy-maintenance plants, such as succulents, and lanterns atop a tablecloth of many colors.

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Burst of Beauty

Pluck vibrant flowers and greenery from your garden for a beautiful botanical centerpiece, suggests Michiel Perry, founder and curator of Black Southern Belle.

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Tabletop Message

A set of fun napkins can pull together your dining table. You can use disposable or cloth napkins, depending on what you find in bargain and clearance sections.

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Repurpose and Rearrange

If you have a table with a patterned top, use it as the inspiration for the rest of the decor. The mini print of this stone tabletop was so dominant that it dictated the design choices, says Monica Stewart, owner of The Misfit House in Athens, Ga. For her free tabletop redo, she grabbed a matching set of vases and pillows from inside the home, and topped her design off with a ceramic candle from another spot on the porch and greenery from the yard.

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