With the warmer weather moving in, this is the time of year when we start moving outdoors. Our evenings are spent eating on the deck and sipping on a cocktail while we watch the sun set over the mountains. It’s also the time of year when I start craving outdoor parties and BBQs. It’s no secret that I love to entertain but there’s something so fun about entertaining outdoors, in God’s beautiful creation!
Last year I added a seating area on the deck off our living room, but this year I wanted to add some outdoor eating space too. I would LOVE to build a farmhouse table for this space but we’re a little project’d out this spring (after finishing up the bedroom/bathroom remodel and the downstairs floors) so for now I decided to go simple, and use one of our folding tables. Setting up my outdoor table got me thinking that it would be fun to show y’all how to set up an affordable outdoor dining area for your family too!
If all you have is a cheap plastic table, like me, don’t worry, you can still have a fabulous, magazine worthy table setting for your family and guests! Set the stage (and hide the table) by covering it up with a pretty tablecloth, like this indigo border tablecloth from the Better Homes and Gardens line at Walmart (only $11.88!). I love the colors of the table cloth and it coordinates perfectly with our breakfast nook on the other side of the wall. And you’d never know this was one of those cheap tables once it’s all decorated!
After you’ve got the plates set up then it’s time to add lots of serving dishes for the food. This bamboo serving bowl was less than $20, and I’ve used it for everything from salads to chips! I also love these ceramic oval bowls because they are super cute and can be used to serve a variety of things too.
And of course every meal needs drinks and at less than $12 (what!?) this adorable drink dispenser is the perfect way to serve them. I use mine ALL THE TIME so I was stoked when I found the drink diffuser because now I won’t have to spend time picking berries out of the spigot. 🙂
And of course flowers; every dinner party must have flowers, and sunflowers are so “happy”. They are an inexpensive way to dress up any table and make it look like you spent a lot of time and money on it. But don’t worry, the secret is ours that we just set this entire table for less than $60, and I’ll be sure to use all these items time and time again!
I seriously love this time of year and I’m so excited to enjoy lots of dinners out here. Does your family dine outside when the weather gets nice? To help you set your outdoor eating area, I’m giving one of you a $100 Walmart gift card, so you can buy all this stuff AND have money left over for something fun for you! 🙂 Fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter to win and GOOD LUCK!!!
Shop this table –
- Folding table
- Table cloth
- Teal plates
- Bamboo serving bowl
- Ceramic oval bowls
- Drink dispenser
- Drink diffuser (in stores only)
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Disclaimers – I am part of the BHG Live Better Blogger Network; this post is sponsored by BHG at Walmart. All opinions are my own.
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