Our Guide to Dining Alfresco
05/25 Lifestyle

Our Guide to Dining Alfresco

A few tips for outdoor entertaining

As the weather gets warmer…

we’re finding every excuse we can to embrace the season and spend more time outside in the sunlight.

Dining alfresco is one of our favorite ways to get in the summer mood, and we’re excited to share a few of our favorite tips for creating the perfect outdoor tablescape.

Our Guide to Dining Alfresco
Our Guide to Dining Alfresco
Our Guide to Dining Alfresco

No. 1: Start with detailed pieces

Begin by grounding your space with outdoor dining pieces that bring the feeling of the indoors outside with thoughtful designer details. When we design our outdoor pieces with McGee & Co., we’re always considering what each piece looks like from every angle so that no matter how it’s oriented, it will look intentional.

Our Guide to Dining Alfresco
Our Guide to Dining Alfresco

Shop outdoor dining furniture

Designer-detailed pieces bring a thoughtful look to any space
More outdoor dining favorites
Elowyn Outdoor Dining Chair
Elowyn Outdoor Dining Table
Elowyn Outdoor Chair

No. 2: Set the scene with table linens

Table linens soften any entertaining look, but they are especially important in an outdoor dining space to bring in a feeling of warmth and comfort. While we love a traditional full-table covering, don’t be afraid to forgo it and opt for a runner for a more casual approach.

Our Guide to Dining Alfresco
Our Guide to Dining Alfresco

"Whether we're entertaining guests or just hanging out as a family, we love outdoor dining. Keep it simple with tabletop selections that create a statement while also serving a functional purpose."

Shea McGee

Elevating table linen favorites

Soften the feeling of our outdoor tablescape with textural table linens.
Explore more kitchen linens
Woven Table Runner
Greenery & Cream Tablecloth
Cambridge Striped Tea Towel

No. 3: Layer in pretty serveware

Bringing your favorite indoor servware outside instantly elevates an occasional alfresco tablescape look. When styling for an outdoor scene, we love incorporating a few bowls for serving sides or fruit, a breadboard for placing bread or dishes, and a pitcher for water or lemonade.

Our Guide to Dining Alfresco
Our Guide to Dining Alfresco
Our Guide to Dining Alfresco
Our Guide to Dining Alfresco

Shop elevated serveware

Incorporate indoor serveware to elevate your outdoor tablescape instantly
Shop more serveware
White Terracotta Tray
Seagrass Wrapped Carafe
Stoneware Serving Bowl

No. 4: Add a centerpiece to complete the look

Last but not least, add some height to your tablescape look with a vase and your favorite florals or clippings from your yard to tie in the surrounding greenery.

Our Guide to Dining Alfresco
Our Guide to Dining Alfresco

Centerpiece-perfect vases

Bring height to your dining look with a textural vase for florals and clippings.
More vase picks
Langston Vase
Aged Wood Vase
Hand Molded Paper Mache Vase

For more tips on creating an outdoor oasis, read our blog post on setting up an outdoor lounge space here. 

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