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Easy Outdoor Table Decor Ideas: A Pinterest Challenge

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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?

Pinterest Challenge Blog Tour

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

This month’s Pinterest inspiration comes from Karen at Sanctuary Home Decor. Prepare yourself to “oooh and ahh” over this beautiful scene!

Summer dining table with bottle centerpiece from Sanctuary Home Decor

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

Outdoor dining table with floral centerpiece using glass bottles and taper candles

You may remember this table from my fall outdoor table decor or bridal shower table decorations. It makes appearances when we need extra seating.

Though the table itself is nothing special, it cleans up nicely with a pretty centerpiece and linens.

Outdoor table with floral centerpiece

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!

Shop Outdoor Tables

Summer Dining Table Centerpiece

Outdoor dining table centerpiece with glass bottles and vases filled with faux floral stems

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?”

Then I remembered I had purchased these adorable glass bottles to serve juice for my ultimate mimosa bar. (That was one of my all-time favorite posts, by the way.)

I also supplemented with a few triangular glass vases that I already owned. They add a touch of aqua to the arrangement.

Dahlia in glass bottle on summer outdoor dining table

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

Outdoor dining table decorations with faux floral centerpiece, glass bottles and table linens

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

Outdoor table decorations with taper candles, faux florals and glass bottles

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

Outdoor dining table with floral centerpiece and taper candles

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!

Pin it for later!

Images of outdoor dining table with floral centerpiece using glass bottles as well as taper candles

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!

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36 Comments

    1. Thanks, Paula! I’m glad the dahlias were able to fool a few people. In this heat, I don’t think the real ones would last very long outside. (But I really wish I could grow some!) Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’re doing well.

  1. Hi Crissy! Your table is lovely outside!! Yes… I know this heat, ugh! 🙁 But you have the ultimate weapon: the pool!! It’s one of the big things I miss about our last house. It is so wonderful to just hop in when you are hot to cool off… Back to your lovely table, I love that you were able to recreate the look very close to our inspiration piece! The new napkins are perfect and doesn’t HomeGoods have the best selection for $10 or less?? I have quit a collection now… 😉

    Enjoy your lovely table and I really thought your dahlias were real,
    Hugs,
    Barb 🙂

    1. Thanks, Barb! Yes, we’re so blessed to have a pool to help us cool off here. It’s great entertainment for the kids, too.

      Yes, Home Goods has the best napkins and linens! I always have a hard time resisting their seasonal home decor. Glad I was able to fool you with those dahlias, too! 😉 Hugs, Crissy

  2. Crissy,
    your table setting is stunning. I’m sharing outdoor entertaining inspiration on my Sunday, Dirt road Adventures and I’d like to share a link to your post, if that’s ok. It’s just beautiful.

    1. Thank you, Rachel! Yes, I would be grateful and honored for you to share it. I look forward to reading the post. Have a great summer!

    1. Thank you, Angie. If only I could grow real dahlias! I’m making some attempts, so we’ll see how I do. I hope you have a wonderful summer!

  3. Crissy, I love your wood table for the patio. It’s the perfect setting for outdoor entertaining. Your flowers, even faux, look lovely in all the pretty glass bottles. The bread bowl is a winner, too. Haha – candles on a hot Texas day are a challenge. Glad yours made it. Stay cool.

    1. Hi Carol! Thank you for the kind words. Yes, you can relate to the Texas summer heat, right? It adds an extra layer of planning to anything involving outdoor dining. Hope you enjoy your summer, no matter how hot it is! Ha!

  4. I mention to my husband a couple of weeks ago how much I would like to move our kitchen table outdoors for a photo shoot. Well as you guessed that didn’t happen. LOL! I think your outdoor tablescape is just gorgeous and your husband gets extra points for helping! Pinning!

    1. Ha ha! Thanks, Michelle. Well, it is a bit of a pain to haul the table outdoors and back. Yes, hubby is a good sport for helping me do that. Thanks for stopping by and pinning too!

  5. Your table is absolutely gorgeous Crissy! Everything about it screams summer. Homegoods has an amazing variety of napkins. That’s where I find most of mine. I really loved this, thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Thank you, Kim! It’s always so fun seeing the variety of settings across the country in these hops. I was drooling over that pretty view and tablescape over at your home. So happy to have met you through these hops!

  6. Pin-tathalon?! I love it! And yes, it should totally be a thing and yes again, you should totally leave the table outside – chewed up chair and all. It’s so beautiful! I do love pink and this makes me want to dine here even if it is a gusty 95 degree day. Thank you for joining in. You blew me away with this gorgeousness. Pinned

    1. Ha ha! Thanks, Cindy! Yes, I suppose our guests can always just jump in the pool if they get too hot. That’s what it’s there for in Texas, right? Thanks for organizing a great hop, as always!

  7. Of course, I always love your decor, and your outdoor summer tablescape is no exception. I couldn’t tell whether or not the dahlias were real, until you said something. AND, I think your table is an exceptional piece of furniture to in your outdoor space. I think it adds plenty of charm and rustic style! I vote to leave it in it’s new home, doggy dents and all!

    1. Thanks, my friend! Perhaps we’ll leave the table or at least start looking for a permanent solution. I do think an umbrella might be in order for shade. See how these projects start expanding? Ha! Thanks for visiting!

  8. Your husband’s a good sport for hauling out a table especially for this post, and so are you for setting it up in that heat! It’s beautiful with the pool as a backdrop, though, Great job!

    1. Yes, it’s a good thing my husband is willing to lend a hand! This was a fun challenge for both of us, I guess you could say. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Crissy, you had me at ‘poolside dining’!!! What a gorgeous table you set to enjoy with family and friends! And I thought those dahlias were the real thing! 😀 Pinned and thoroughly enjoyed reading your post!

    1. Ha ha! Thanks, Cindy! I guess maybe I shouldn’t spill the beans on the dahlias next time! Just tryin’ to keep it real here. I had fun on this hop with you!

    1. Thanks, Michelle! It was definitely more challenging to do it outdoors, but I’m really enjoying the change of scenery. Happy to hop with you again!

  10. Hi Crissy, Oh my the photos look amazing! #goals. So pretty with the glass and sunlight and the pool in the background! love it! laura in Colorado

    1. Oh, thanks so much, Laura! It’s fun to experiment with new settings in these challenges. I enjoyed hopping with you again! Happy Summer!