wicker outdoor dining chair around poolside tablescape

How to Style an Outdoor Tablescape

Dining alfresco, four ways. Here, how to set the table in style.

02 March 2023 -

Alfresco dining at its finest—

—with the help of our four styled tablescapes. Here at Studio McGee we’re embracing the start of summer with open arms, looking forward to the sun on our skin and the wind in our hair. And the tablescapes we’re going to be styling in our backyards, of course. Whether we’re nestled under shady trees during a backyard garden party or out on the patio for a casual family dinner, there’s something extra special about gathering with loved ones in such a naturally beautiful space. Besides the styled tablescape, nature is the décor.

It’s part of why we’ve spent so much time designing and styling tablescapes that reflect the beauty of our surroundings. With light textiles, woven textures, and summery prints, we’re making space for airy, playful layers and subtle details. Here, four of our favorite styled summer tablescapes for dining alfresco. All the outdoor table setting ideas you need to set the scene at your next outdoor dinner party.

Look No. 01 | An Earthy Aesthetic

Look No. 02 | A Classic Palette

Look No. 03 | A Nod to Farmhouse

Look No. 04 | A Little Bit of Whimsy

outdoor tablescape with gingham tablecloth and melamine plates
wicker outdoor dining chair around outdoor tablescape

Look No. 01 | An Earthy Aesthetic

The botanical motif of the Adela Tablecloth sets the tone for the entirety of this alfresco tablescape that sets a rustic and unfussy vibe. Everything else supports the tablecloth with a muted palette and sophisticated, but laidback, materials, like whicker, linen, and clay. Finish your tablescape with a fresh set of greens as a centerpiece.

wicker outdoor dining chair around poolside tablescape
wicker outdoor dining chair around poolside tablescape
wicker outdoor dining chair around poolside tablescape
silverware caddy
wicker outdoor dining chair around poolside tablescape
pitcher and glasses on outdoor table
wicker outdoor dining chair around outdoor tablescape

Look No. 02 | A Classic Palette

Is there anything more classic than a black and white checkerboard floor? It’s clean, simple, and elevates any space by setting a foundation of style. We love this outdoor tablescape for its simplicity. A delicate white runner, some rattan glassware, and a vase of wildflowers create a perfectly wild and vintage-inspired moment to dine alfresco.

outdoor teak wood dining chairs and table on checkerboard floor
outdoor teak wood dining chairs and table on checkerboard floor
outdoor teak wood dining chairs and table on checkerboard floor
outdoor tablescape with seagrass wrapped glasses
outdoor tablescape with seagrass wrapped glasses
outdoor tablescape with seagrass wrapped glasses
teak wood outdoor dining chairs and table on checkerboard tile
teak wood outdoor dining chairs and table on checkerboard tile

Look No. 03 | A Nod to Farmhouse

Checkered linen, a sweet spray of yellow lisianthus, and wicker for days, the makings of a farmhouse-esque outdoor tablescape done right. We love the earthy brown tones—the Charlie Check Tablecloth—combined with the soft grey of the Border Stitch Linen Napkins.

outdoor tablescape wicker outdoor dining chairs with gingham tablecloth
outdoor tablescape wicker outdoor dining chairs with gingham tablecloth
outdoor tablescape wicker outdoor dining chairs with gingham tablecloth
outdoor tablescape wicker outdoor dining chairs with gingham tablecloth
outdoor tablescape wicker outdoor dining chairs with gingham tablecloth
outdoor tablescape wicker outdoor dining chairs with gingham tablecloth

Look No. 04 | A Little Bit of Whimsy

There’s something eternally romantic about our Odette Melamine Dinner Plates, with their soft blue floral detailing and intricate edge. Place them on top of the handwoven Lutindzi grass placemats for a bit whimsy to your styled outdoor tablescape. These Round Woven Placemats are made by a time-honored African weaving technique that creates stunningly simplistic patterns that are textural and organic.

outdoor tablescape with gingham tablecloth and melamine plates
outdoor tablescape with gingham tablecloth and melamine plates
outdoor tablescape with gingham tablecloth and melamine plates
outdoor tablescape with gingham tablecloth and melamine plates
outdoor tablescape with gingham tablecloth and melamine plates
outdoor tablescape with gingham tablecloth and melamine plates
outdoor tablescape with gingham tablecloth and melamine plates
Date Posted
02 March 2023