Decor & Renovation

Alfresco entertaining: Easy, elegant summer table settings

Alfresco entertaining: Easy, elegant summer table settings

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Decor & Renovation

Alfresco entertaining: Easy, elegant summer table settings

Dining outdoors can be chic—provided you set the table with the same  care as you would indoors. Step up your backyard entertaining with these effortlessly elegant summer tablewares.

The harvest table
canadian tire harvest table

Canvas teak harvest table, $800,

1. Nautical vintage
Nautical motifs meet vintage Canadiana in this nostalgic nod to old-school camping.
nautical vintage tableware

Striped metal mug, $10, and Canoe ceramic dinner plate, $20, ; Bottle bucket with bottle opener, $20, and Saanvi blanket-stitch-edge napkin in Indigo, $22 per set of four, ; Ralph Lauren Ronan flatware, $55 per five-piece place setting,

2. Tropic Cool
Like a loud Hawaiian shirt translated for your tabletop, this bold setting positively screams summer.
tropical cool tableware

Distinctly Home Outdoors Toucan melamine side plate, $6, and dinner plate, $7, ; Kira Brights acrylic tumblers, $33 per set of four, ; Origami paper napkin in Yellow, $9 per set of 12, ; Diego round caddy (cutlery not included), $30,

3. Garden Party

A fresh floral-print place mat establishes the palette for this vibrant vignette. There's a green element at play as well: The bamboo-and-rice-husk plates are biodegradable, while the flatware is made from sustainable birch.
garden party tableware

Floret placemat, $6, Ecologie side plate in Sunshine, $4, dinner plate in Natural, $5, and dip-dyed napkin in Honeysuckle, $30 per set of four, ; Wooden Picnic flatware, $10 per 18-piece set, ; Nutcracker Designs acrylic goblet, $7,

4. French Accents

Channel Parisian bistro style in backyard-friendly melamine, acrylic and, yes, even paper!
french accents tableware

PC Home irregular white melamine dinner plate, $5, ; Grey distressed plastic charger, $7, ; Rustik flatware, $40 per 20-piece set, ; Flax linen napkin in Poppy, $9, and Les Moulins recycled-paper place mats, $15 per 40 sheets, ; GlucksteinHome smoke-dipped acrylic double old-fashioned glasses, $5 each, and highball glasses, $7 each,

Want to vamp up your outdoor space? Check out how these eleven ways to create an amazing outdoor space.

This story was originally part of "Alfresco Finery" in the June 2015 issue.
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