Al Fresco Summer Tablescape

I spent the weekend landscaping and finishing our outdoor living spaces. Every spring, I pull our outdoor furniture from the storage shed, power wash, and ready our outdoor areas for use & enjoyment. With the backyard & patio looking clean, pulled together, and with summer around the corner- I decided to set our first al fresco table of the season. Outdoor entertaining is my favorite way to host a dinner party, and this may be favorite yet! Click through for a fun summer tablescape and to see how our patio currently looks…

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Before I get to my latest tablescape… if you’d like the complete tour of our outdoor living areas, I’ll link them here: the balcony, the garden, the shed, outdoor dining area, backyard patio, and the overall exterior. Nothing has really changed since last year… aside from my plants. Go have a look around!

My Patio

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This year, I leaned into classic terracotta, woven & textural neutrals, and used most of what we already had. It’s fun to think back… I first styled this space back in 2019, our patio & outdoor living space, and it still looks pretty much identical.

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I did end up having to replace the outdoor rug beneath the table, but aside from that- everything came back for another season. I love the timeless texture of the new rug and it’s affordable!

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Tabletop Styling

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I grabbed the most stunning striped linen tablecloth from McGee & Co, and I know it’s going to get a lot of use this season. It’s soft, casual, and the subtle green hue really complements our landscaping. Speaking of- our snowballs (viburnum) are just beginning to change. I’m honestly shocked this many survived, as we just had 4″ of snow this time last week. The weather in Utah is always unpredictable this time of year.

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I used our everyday dishes, flatware, simple cotton napkins, and my beloved faux bamboo napkin rings to style this simple tablescape. I snipped some snowballs from the yard and dropped them into an oversized vase to create a cohesive (and free) centerpiece.

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I also have to share my new glassware. I just got these Juliska Berry drinking glasses for our kitchen. They felt especially perfect for this breezy outdoor table setting. They’re heavy and have a vintage European aesthetic.

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The last touch was to add some votive candles. I keep a box of these glass votives in my closet for occasions exactly like this! Every al fresco dinner party requires flickering candles and string lights for instant summer ambiance.

Bar / Planter Cart

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My old bar or planter cart is still one my favorite things on our patio. This practical cart is the most fun to style and it’s always functional. I use it for elevating food (usually dessert or appetizers), as a bar or beverage station, for extra dishes, planting, and everything in between. This area is also the dog watering station, as it’s adjacent to our water spigot.

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Isn’t my little herb garden looking cute this year? We’ve only got one set of these handmade planters left in the Tuesday Made shop! Speaking of shopping, I’ll link everything for you below…

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Let me know if there are any other sources you’re curious about. I’m always happy to share! My favorite find for the patio this year is definitely the rug.

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FAQ

Do you have any renovation plans for the patio in the future?

I’d love to install pavers over the concrete. I’m not sure if that will happen this year, but I think it would be fairly easy. We’re also planning an outdoor kitchen (longterm goal).

Can you link your outdoor dining table?

Of course! It’s this one… and I believe it’s going on sale later this week. We purchased this table back in 2018 for our carport makeover at our previous home and it has held up beautifully!

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Related

Looking for more outdoor living and entertaining posts? I’ll link some reader favorites for you below!

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I hope you liked this one! The weather is shaping up beautifully for our warehouse sale this coming weekend. If you’re local, be sure to swing by. I’ve got a bunch of (vintage) glassware up for grabs that would be perfect for al fresco dinner parties! Have you also been enjoying the weather and your outdoor areas this season? I hope so.

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  1. Good morning! Your outdoor dining spot is so charming and lovely. The combination of the pergola, rock retaining wall, and overarching shrubs creates such a cloistered coziness. And the viburnum profusion is honestly unbeatable! I would probably host an annual feast in its honor. (How long does the bloom last btw?) I’m definitely into the low contrast softness of this year’s green, terracotta, and wicker palette. Adore the new gorgeous and luxe tablecloth. Anything striped linen receives an automatic “yes” from me…and the dark serged edge.💚 The sparkly Juliska glassware immediately caught my eye! The berry & thread detail is perfection. A table setting for a sophisticated spring soirée. I have to ask though, do you ever worry about casualties when using your fine china and glassware outside? We’re such a crew of clumsy goons, I could never. Sigh. Acrylic cups notwithstanding, my boorish bunch still enjoys patio season! We also had a cold snap recently, but thankfully no snow?! We hit 90 yesterday, and the forecast says 80s all week. May is typically our rainiest month…wacky. Time to get serious (and apparently sweaty!) in the garden.☀️ Cheers to a great week, Sarah! I know you’re busy getting ready for the warehouse sale. Such a whirlwind!💜🎉

    1. Sarah Gibson says:

      Thank you so much, Peggi! I always wish the bloom lasted longer They usually last four weeks, one being in their prime. I knew you’d spy that pretty contrast serged edge! We’ve hosted so many dinner parties outside and have yet to have a glass break (knocking on wood). I do have a set of acrylic glassware, but we hardly ever use them. They’re just not as pretty. If we have family (kids) in town, I’ll use the melamine dishes and acrylic glassware- but for adults, I always use our regular glass & dinnerware. You’ve already hit 90?! We’ve barely hit 80, but it feels so nice out. It’s definitely a wild week with warehouse sale coming up. We’ll miss you this year, but please come for a visit so I can properly host you during a non chaotic time, hah! Hope you’re having a great week :) xo

  2. I’m so happy the weather cooperated for you! Good morning Sarah- this table scape is my favorite yet! It’s the green stripe tablecloth for me- a perfect muted compliment to the landscape; and it appears to be so light and airy. Your new glassware is vintage inspired perfection; I love that they’re substantial. I have the same napkins in white, but the color you’re using here is an even better neutral for summer dining. I’m astonished at how well your Viburnum fared with the recent snow! What a lovely outdoor space you’ve created-Goals!! We need a dining set for our pergola; our chairs have seen better days, and we’ve been making-do with a small table; hopefully this year will be the year. While we’re waiting on garden materials, I started using Sunday products for our lawn; so far I’m impressed with how simple they are to use, and the price beats what we were paying for other products. I’ll keep everyone updated on my full review. Outdoor spaces are our major focus for this spring/summer, as you can tell. I’m not mad about it. Our property is in need of loving outdoor care, and we finally have the motivation to tackle it. For the time being, I’ll be admiring your lovely outdoor dining setup, and soaking in the inspiration. How is the front yard landscape faring? I hope you had a lovely weekend visit with your mom! Cheers to 16 more school days, sunshine, and loving our outdoor spaces. Xo

    1. Sarah Gibson says:

      Hi Lauren! I love to hear that- so glad you enjoyed this one. Come over for dinner outside anytime! I can’t believe the viburnum survived that heavy snow. We had some branches break with the weight, but for the most part- it’s just fine. Resilient! I’m glad to hear your review of Sunday lawn products… I’ve always wondered about them. Definitely keep us posted! I just installed landscape lighting last night and am also planning to report back with how those perform and look in the coming weeks. We’ve also been focused on our outdoor areas. Our front yard landscaping is looking so good. Our boxwoods have almost doubled in size since last year! My mom ended up pushing her visit, so she’s scheduled to arrive on Monday now (if all goes as planned). Hope you had the most amazing Mother’s Day and were spoiled by your fam! xo

  3. Happy Monday!
    Your tablescaping skills are so inspiring Sarah! I’m glad your garden survived the snow 😳 I was mortified to hear the possibility of all your hard work was ruined. Your new rug is so pretty and works perfectly on your patio. Your herb garden is precious. I’ve yet to complete my garden chores as my back has forced me to stop but I’m looking forward to getting to the garden centre to pick up my herbs. This week hopefully 🤞
    My gosh your viburnum is stunning! What a beautiful floral arrangement and you can never have too many candles for instant ambiance ❤️
    We use everything melamine and plastic on the patio but your glassware is fabulous 🥂
    Cheers to your gorgeous patio and inspiring us as always!

    1. Sarah Gibson says:

      Thank you, Colleen! I’m honestly surprised the garden is still look nice after that heavy snow. We had some tree limbs come down with the weight, but for the most part- it’s totally fine. I’m sorry to hear you’re having back trouble- that sounds painful! Hope you’re having a good week otherwise! xo

  4. Christiane says:

    It’s all so beautiful but the tablecloth is what caught my eye! (I loved the blue tablecloth you used recently, too.) The snowballs are amazing–especially considering they survived the snow. I am impressed with the rug. It is beautiful and also feels good underfoot. Keep up the good work!!

    1. Sarah Gibson says:

      Thanks, Christiane! So glad you were able to see it in person- during prime snowball season :)