How to get a Pinterest-Worthy Al Fresco Tablescape - The Essentials

It was 80 degrees in Kentucky yesterday and I can't wait to start eating 90% of my meals outside on the terrace.  Which also means it's time for entertaining outside.  I really love having a few friends over for an impromptu dinner of hamburgers and salad or getting fancy and grilling steaks and asparagus.  There's something refreshingly casual about entertaining outside.  Here a break down the essentials to nailing your tablescape and making your insta stories the envy of all your followers.


1.  A colorful tablecloth is a must for getting the perfect outdoor tablescape.  Block print styles are very in right now and this one from Amazon is a great deal.  I also love Pomegranate for block print linens.  

2.  After a tablecloth, you need napkins.  These Chambray embroidered ones are really cute and would work with most color palettes. I also love these blue and turquoise printed ones and these hot pink Mexican napkins.
3.  And don't forget placemats! These Rattan ones are a bargain for a set of four (I've seen single ones sell at this price).  They're a fun way to make a table feel more beachy and relaxed without getting overly casual.
4.  Now that you're set on the basics, let's move on to glasses.  I'm a bit of a glassware hoarder and I love using different glasses for different occasions.  I love this set of multicolored goblets.  This blue swirl glass pitcher would be great for water.
5.  Flowers are always a must on any tablescape.  I like scattering bud vases across the table so that people can see over them easily and they don't eat up too much space.  This set of jewel toned ones is really pretty and would be nice with ranaculas, daffodils, or cosmos!  If you prefer taller vases, these bottle vases are another fun pop of color.  And if you think you have too much color going on, this set of blue vases would provide some uniformity
6.  I'm not crazy about melamine but I've also had people break a few plates outside.  This blue and white melamine plates look really fancy (and very Aerin for Williams Sonoma).  I'd layer these salad plates on top of them for a fun mix. This whole setup would look great with the chambray napkins above!
 7.  I think this platter would look great with all sorts of vegetables on it or grilled chicken (and obviously fish)! It's a fun summer shape and looks much nicer than your typical melamine pieces.  This bowl matches it and would be great for a corn salad or any other summer salad.
8.  Last but certainly not least, these cocktail napkins are so fun and a great way to make it feel like summer year round! 
I hope you found some good tips for setting an outdoor table! Let me know what you think in the comments!
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