Summer Dining and Table Settings

Do you enjoy al fresco dining with the sounds of nature providing a little background music? If you’re a little reluctant to eat with the bugs, maybe these summer dining ideas and table settings will coax you to sup outside. (This post contains affiliate links.)

Bistro Table for Summer Dining Outdoors


Even if you don’t have a designated outdoor dining space, you can create an impromptu spot by taking a small table outside and placing it anywhere. Add a few Edison lights to the trees for ambiance.

Summer Al Fresco Dining in the Countryside


Even a rustic background can be romantic and inviting for outdoor meals.

Rustic Outdoor Dining with Edison Lights


Summer table settings don’t have to be ornate and fancy. Create a simple tablescape in blue and white – complete with a few decorative sailboats as a centerpiece.

Summer table setting in marine style, decorated with shells and sailing


Summer dining is always pretty in white. White plates, white napkins, and a few white flowers from the garden tossed in for fragrance and beauty.

Summer White Table Setting


Don’t forget to include brightly colored fruity drinks! Whether you choose to add alcohol or not, you can’t deny their pretty appeal for al fresco dining. Add a brightly colored centerpiece to match!

Two glasses of watermelon cocktail. Family outdoor dinner in garden in summertime at sunset.


Why leave the fun to kids’ parties? Add brightly colored paper cups and striped straws to create a fun festive mood. You can mix and match them in a variety of patterns and colors.

Garden Party with Polka Dot Cups and Striped Straws


Decorative lanterns hanging from the tree, flowers from the garden, and a soft flowing tablecloth create a romantic scene for al fresco dining. Think about creating an outdoor summer dining space where you normally wouldn’t eat. You might be surprised what you come up with. And it’s just one more way to enjoy the long, luxurious days of summer!

Festive table decorated with branches of greenery, stands on green grass in the area of wedding party.

Enjoy More Summer Dining Inspiration:

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Summer Dining on My Rustic Patio

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