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Outdoor entertaining has always been one of my favorite things to do during the warmer months of the year. Evenings filled with light breezes and majestic sun settings are perfect for having a nice soirée. After preparing the smoker and putting on some nice background music, all that’s left to do is the outdoor dinner table. And today I’m going to share with you my top five things that I like to do when setting up this area.

1. Add color
I chose to use the trending color blue. To dress the table, I found a beautiful table cloth at HomeGoods that imitated denim. Instead of using the same fabric for the napkins, I opted for two different styles: one with stripes and the other in a more cheerful type of blue.


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2. Use a theme 
My theme is always organic and I usually find inspiration in nature. I found this amazing pineapple last year at HomeGoods, and every time there’s an opportunity to use it as a centerpiece, I go for it.


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This time, I paired it with a set of two smaller pineapples. They can be used as decorative elements over the table (which is what I did) or you can place candles inside them.


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To add more color and to reinforce that organic vibe I love so much, two palm leaves served as a runner over this table.

3. Play with your plates
I know disposables are easier to handle when it comes to parties or gatherings, but what about mixing up what you might already own with some accent pieces? Nowadays, melamine dishes come in so many beautiful patterns and colors, and I had a couple of them in a neutral sand shade.


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I bought some bright blue salad melamine plates at HomeGoods that were the perfect addition to the ones that I had.


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Some smaller plates with golden accent added a little glitz.

4. Bring in a wow factor
Over this table, I hung three bird feeders (although they weren’t used for that purpose).


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In two of them, I added a set of battery-operated string lights that look amazing at night!


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In the third one, I replaced the glass with a plant to continue my organic theme. I simply love how these pieces ended up looking.

5. Elements of décor
Don’t forget that besides the obvious accessories for this table setting, you can always incorporate other accents. A rug not only adds style, but it also serves as a unifying piece for the area. A garden stool is multipurpose — it offers an additional place to put glasses or a small plate of appetizers.


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Always try to think out of the box and offer your guests an entire experience. Play around with everyday pieces that you might have around your home and simply incorporate new accents that will enhance the look you are trying to achieve.

Gloribell Lebron is paid blogger. She’s an interior stylist and designer with a strong background and knowledge in graphic design. View more of her work at I Don’t Know How She Does It. (Find her on InstagramPinterestTwitter and Facebook.)


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