Design Ideas & Inspiration for the Perfect Outdoor Dinner Party

Design Ideas & Inspiration for the Perfect Outdoor Dinner Party

Nancy Mitchell
Jul 3, 2016

'Tis the season for entertaining outside. Thinking of having a dinner party in the great outdoors? Let these nine events inspire you to create an experience that you and your friends won't soon forget.

Above: This gorgeous outdoor party, staged by IKEA and spotted on Poppytalk, features a 'tent' made from draping streamers over the trunk of a tree.

(Image credit: Inspired by This)

The low table at this bohemian backyard birthday party, spotted on Inspired by This, may be a rental, but you could create something similar with pieces of plywood laid out on cinderblocks (or even some of those trusty Home Depot buckets).

(Image credit: Elle Decoration)
(Image credit: Elle Decoration)

Lanterns hanging from the trees take this backyard bash from Elle Decoration to the next level.

(Image credit: Style Me Pretty)

The folks at Style Me Pretty stacked pallets to create a table for an outdoor celebration.

(Image credit: Found Vintage Rentals)

Here's another low table, this one from a celebration spotted on Found Vintage Rentals, surrounded by Moroccan poufs. Party rental companies are a great option if you want to have a bash with a big impact without buying a bunch of new stuff.

(Image credit: Kinfolk)

At this dinner party hosted by Kinfolk, lights hung down the middle of the table kept the party going long after dark, and blankets, draped over each chair, kept the guests warm.

(Image credit: Makenna Alyse)

At this dinner party from Makenna Alyse, rugs and pillows are laid out on the lawn for the guests' comfort. Sunflowers make such a lovely centerpiece for a summer party.

(Image credit: Scandinavian Hygge)

Bigger isn't always better — this smaller setup from Scandinavian Hygge is equally lovely.

(Image credit: A Daily Something)
(Image credit: A Daily Something)

And finally there's this simple dinner party from A Daily Something. Sometimes, just placing a table and chairs outside and hanging a few lights above is all you need for a little magic.

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