Why not take the party outside this summer with these easy outdoor table decor ideas? This month, my friends and I are bringing you plenty of summer dining inspiration as part of our regular Pinterest Challenge. Grab a party beverage, and let’s get started!
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Welcome to the June Pinterest Challenge
I’ve never done a triathlon, but I’m all about the Pin-tathalon! It’s where you take a pin from Pinterest and challenge yourself to recreate the look at home, in your own style.
That should be a thing right?
Cindy from County Road 407 hosts this challenge every month, and we bloggers put our decorating hearts to the test. We invite you to join us at home, too!
If you’re visiting from Our Southern Home, welcome! I’m sure you loved Christy’s hydrangea summer tablescape.
You’ll find more summer table decor from my other friends at the end of this post.
The Summer Tablescape Inspiration
The French Country table and floral centerpiece set my heart aflutter.
Now, I typically don’t have a dining table outdoors. That didn’t keep me from dreaming up a temporary solution, however.
Big thanks to my honey who “ma-akes my dreams come true…oooh ooh, ooh ooh, oooh ooh.” He helped me haul one of our old tables out to the back patio.
Gathering Outdoor Table Decor Ideas
As in most of these Pinterest Challenges, I try to use what I have rather than go out shopping. Luckily, I found these home decor accents to complete the look:
- Rustic wood table
- Floral centerpiece using glass jars and bottles
- Taper candles
- Linen napkins
- Bread bowl
And if you’re thinking you can’t host a summer dinner party due to pesky mosquitoes, be sure to visit my bug repellent luminaries tutorial before you get started.
Dressing Up a Rustic Dining Table
Though the table itself is nothing special, it cleans up nicely with a pretty centerpiece and linens.
Plus, we’ve had it so long, we won’t cry if someone spills a drink on it or if my brother’s dog chews the corner of a chair. (True story.)
Now that we have it sitting by our outdoor patio, I just might make it a permanent fixture!
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Summer Dining Table Centerpiece
In Karen’s original image, she used bottles of various sizes to display her floral centerpiece. At first, I thought, “Where am I going to get pretty clear bottles?”
I also supplemented with a few triangular glass vases that I already owned. They add a touch of aqua to the arrangement.
I had BIG plans to have a cut flower garden this year, but a nasty winter storm threw me for a loop.
I also had big plans to make a spring hoop wreath using the faux dahlia that you see above. Alas, a dahlia is finally making an appearance on the blog, though not how I intended!
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Taper Candles for Al Fresco Dining
I’m laughing to myself because you probably have no idea how hard it is to keep taper candles lit in 95-degree heat with unpredictable wind gusts. Ha!
I would normally opt to have pewter or silver-colored taper candle holders, but the spirit of this challenge is to shop your own home. These gold candle holders have made lots of appearances on the blog throughout the years.
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Linen Napkins for Place Settings
I did end up finding one new item for this summer tablescape: the linen napkins. They caught my eye at Home Goods because they are so classic and versatile.
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I’m sure you will see those napkins again in one of my future recipe posts.
Breaking Bread with the Family
I’m just a wee bit excited about hosting meals and “breaking bread” with our extended families again!
Here I’m using a wooden bread bowl in place of the cutting board in the original Pinterest photo. (We tend to serve rolls in our family.) I also didn’t want to risk putting butter on the table to sizzle in our Texas heat.
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Last week, I shared a full tour of my summer outdoor decor, including the patio you see in the background. There you’ll find more ideas for creating a cozy space for outdoor entertaining.
I hope you’ll walk away with some new outdoor table decor ideas and take up your own Pinterest Challenge someday!
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Continue Your Tour
Don’t miss a chance to see what my friends are sharing for this Pinterest Challenge! Next on your tour is Cindy at DIY Beautify. She’s a DIY-lover just like me!