Let me show you how to set a casual outdoor table setting with vintage elements.
When it comes to outdoor entertaining, I love setting a casual table setting where guests can help themselves. Putting all the serving elements on the table makes it feel homey and comfortable. I’ll share how I do with style by adding some vintage elements. I recently purchased a new outdoor table and chairs so it was fun styling it for the first time.
I’m also participating in Outdoor Extravaganza hosted by my friend Shauna of Satori Design for Living. Be sure to see the other outdoor decorating ideas from my blogger friends at the end of this post.
I love to place all the items on an outdoor table very casually, family style.
There’s no need for fancy items but I do like to bring out some items that have height and different textures like metals. Items like this vintage champagne bucket and silver bucket are easy to clean after use and won’t break if accidentally dropped.
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Candlelight at night is always so pretty but even if you are eating during the day, there’s nothing prettier than lanterns on or around the table. I found these lanterns at Home Sense.
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Acrylic wine glasses are a must for outdoors. This set was given to me years ago and they come in the perfect little carrying metal basket.
I love enamelware and found these white and grey plates and bowls from West Elm a couple of years ago. You can also find enamelware at camping supply stores.
Be sure to have napkins handy and in a container like this galvanized tray with holder so they don’t fly away.
With plenty of flowers and greenery already outside, I love having a centrepiece that doesn’t include flowers but is natural. Fruit and vegetables are the best choices!
Here is my kale and lemon centrepiece. The ideas are endless on what items you can use from the refrigerator.
Plastic cutlery is fine to use for the outdoors but I prefer my regular flatware.
Pop the flatware into a container like this galvanized bucket or in some mason jars would look pretty too so guests can help themselves.
A nice bottle of rose in the champagne bucket is the perfect touch but for this lunch we opted for Perrier instead, with lemon of course. The green bottle matched perfectly with the kale centrepiece.
Baked goods and breads are easy to take outdoors but why not bring them out in a wicker tray with a net. I snagged this one up from Home Sense.
It’s nice to have some light blankets on hand. I love using Turkish towels for light blankets.
You can find things around your house and thrift shops (like where I found my champagne bucket), camping stores (enamelware plates) and places like Home Sense, Home Goods and TJ Maxx to find good prices on beautiful things that also have a vintage vibe.
The dining table and chairs I purchased from Canadian Tire.
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Now be sure to visit my blogger friends and see how they do outdoor entertaining.
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