Outdoor Dining Ideas and Inspiration

This summer my backyard is getting a complete makeover! I can’t wait to share the design plan here on my blog this Saturday. An outdoor dining area is part of the plan so I’ve started looking for ideas for that section of the yard. I think you might find some inspiration from these photos for your own al fresco dining space.

A simple farmhouse table with colorful chairs like these would be perfect for my humble farmhouse.

Al Fresco Dining with Farmhouse Table and Painted ChairsPhoto by Kilim online


I do plan to have a pergola over our outdoor dining space. It lends a bit of shade for physical comfort.

Outdoor Dining Under a PergolaPhoto by Stout Design-Build


A plain picnic table gets a pretty shade of violet. I like the rust log pergola and candle chandelier.

Outdoor Dining with Purple Picnic TablePhoto by Clinton & Associates, PC Landscape Architects


If you don’t like dining outside with the bugs, set up a table and chairs in a screened porch.

Southern Farmhouse Screened Porch with Dining TablePhoto by


When I dine outside with pretty scenery, it’s easy to imagine that I’m in France or Italy, dining alfresco at a countryside winery. That’s the type of ambiance I want to create with our outdoor dining area. This space is a little more formal than I’d like, but it has that European vibe.

Mediterranean Style Outdoor Dining SpacePhoto by Laura Hull Photography


An outdoor dining area doesn’t have to be extravagant. A cozy table for two is all you need.

Simple Southern Porch with Farmhouse Table and Wood Folding ChairsPhoto by Historical Concepts


Let’s face it. A waterfront view for dining al fresco is probably the ideal summer situation. Which is part of the reason why our backyard makeover includes a pond! If you can’t move to the water … bring the water to your home.

Waterfront Dining in Cozy Balcony Style PorchPhoto by HillTop Interiors Inc.


When I was a kid, we had director-style chairs on our patio. They’re comfortable and practical for dining outside.

Canvas director chairs with farmhouse table for outdoor diningPhoto by Homes Delivered


Rattan furniture is a beautiful option for an outdoor dining set. I love the porch as much as the dining set itself. Ceiling fans encourage cooling breezes while enjoying a favorite summer meal.

Traditional Porch with Rattan Furniture and Dining SetPhoto by


I can’t wait to get started on our backyard makeover. I hope it will be done by mid-summer but we do need to wait to get the pond installed based on the contractor’s schedule. I know it will be worth the wait.

Come back on Saturday to see the design concept!


More Outdoor Inspirational Ideas:

Casual Patios for Relaxed Outdoor Living

Outdoor Living with Water Gardens

Country Garden Tour in Upstate New York

Garden Planning Ideas for Your Home

Oakbrook Garden Tour


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  1. Such cute outdoor spaces. It would be fun to sit outside with a glass of iced tea at any of these places.

  2. Can’t wait to see what you do with your backyard. I would love to have my plain-jane porch and yard updated, but I’ll have to live vicariously through you. I’m sure it will be amazing.

  3. FABULOUS! I think I pinned practically every one. Thanks for posting. Great inspo!

  4. I wish that I had the room for a big farm table. What is nicer than sharing a meal with a huge table of friends and family ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Nan, Odessa, DE says:

    I just saw the backyard design on today’s post!
    Beautiful. I know you and your family will enjoy the addition.
    We have a certified Wildlife Backyard Habitat and a screened in porch.
    You will soooooooooooo enjoy your new space.
    Do let me know HOW to get the lighting over the purple table/chairs.
    I WANT IT!
    Plan some solar lighting for night time pleasure. It will add to your pleasure
    and lots of WHITE plants.

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