Summer is for dining under the warm rays of the sun for as many meals as possible! Here are a few tips on how to set a perfect (and functional) outdoor table.


Go bold! You’re entertaining outside, celebrating the warm weather and sunshine, so use a tablecloth that is equally as vibrant as your mood!


I think of setting the table as getting dressed. I tend to put on far too many accessories, and I set the table using that same rule of thumb – you can never have too much. Pile the table with lots of layers – plate chargers, beautiful silver wear, colorful napkins, funky napkin rings, various glasses... Go wild!


Outdoor gatherings do not have to be formal. The beauty about entertaining n your garden or patio is that guests can feel relaxed. The flowers you set atop the table should reflect that sense of ease. Grab some wildflowers form the garden and arrange them casually.


I normally am not an advocate for plastic plates and utensils, but entertaining outside by the pool calls for durable dinnerware. I recommend using reusable dishwasher-safe melamine. dinnerware


Who wants to keep running back and forth to refill glasses with sangria? I never use pitchers as much as I do when entertaining outside and suggest you do too!