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Spring Tablescapes: Garden Rustic Chic

Photo Courtesy of The Little Corner

Photo Courtesy of The Little Corner

As the weather gets warmer (apologies to those in the northern regions that are still patiently waiting), the urge to entertain outside gets stronger and stronger!  Dining ‘Al Fresco’ whether it be a casual or an elegant meal, is always a fun experience!  Here are some great inspirations for setting your tables outdoors!  I also love the above picture and the idea of using a wheelbarrow as a serving table!!  And if grilling is your thing, make sure to bop over to The Humble Foodie and check out Alicia’s Pros and Cons of Charcoal verses Gas Grills.

Photo Courtesy of Real Simple

Photo Courtesy of Real Simple

Photo Courtesy of Lidbeck-Brent

Photo Courtesy of Lidbeck-Brent

Photo Courtesy of Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle

Photo Courtesy of Atlanta Homes and Lifestyle

Photo Courtesy of Frolic!

Photo Courtesy of Frolic!

 

 

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31 comments on “Spring Tablescapes: Garden Rustic Chic

  1. Cloches & Lavender
    April 9, 2013

    I love all of these really but The Little Corner is great.

  2. Kenley, tablescapes is one of my passions! Your killing me with all this beauty♥

  3. Home Seasons
    April 9, 2013

    We especially love the last one! The pillows make it so cozy, even though its outdoors!

    • Green Door Hospitality
      April 10, 2013

      Yeah, I really love that one too! It makes for such a cozy and unique setting. It also works great if you only have a coffee table for outdoors.
      Kenley

  4. Profiteroles & Ponytails
    April 9, 2013

    Oh these photos make me very anxious for the weather to warm up a bit here in the North! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Green Door Hospitality
      April 10, 2013

      You’re quite welcome! And hopefully it will start warming up consistently in the North SOON! 🙂
      Thanks so much for stopping by!
      Kenley

  5. Humble Foodie
    April 9, 2013

    Kenley, thank you for the shoutout! I am biding my time to make a decision after I move (one less thing to transport!), but I’m leaning towards purchasing a gas grill. I love these summer entertaining options. There are so many beautiful wildflowers growing in untended patches in my town or along the roads…they are lovely inspiration for a tablescape. Love the idea of sitting on pillows, too!
    Alicia

    • Green Door Hospitality
      April 10, 2013

      That sounds like a good plan to wait until you move. Why lug one more thing around? 🙂
      Love wildflowers and the feeling they bring to any table.
      I also think its funny that you called them summer entertaining options. I laugh because for the Midwest, they totally are. Down here though…summer is NOT a time when you want to have an outdoor party (unless it is water related)…you burn up in the over 100 degree temps(even in the evenings). 😉
      K

      • Humble Foodie
        April 10, 2013

        Haha, good call! In Virginia, I usually wait for a late dinner (8/8:30) to eat outside. Here in Illinois, afternoon entertaining is the best in spring, and when we get to June or so the evenings will be divine. I can’t wait!

      • Green Door Hospitality
        April 12, 2013

        🙂

  6. gotasté
    April 10, 2013

    I love the second last set up. So beautiful…I would love to imagine eating there 🙂

  7. gentlestitches
    April 10, 2013

    I cannot believe I didn’t decorate tables until I started following your blog. I was tentative at first but my friends and family love it! These outdoor decs are lovely. Frolic is my fave.

    • Green Door Hospitality
      April 10, 2013

      It makes me so happy to think that I have helped inspire you to decorate your tables!! 🙂 And I’m so glad that your family and friends are enjoying you doing it!!
      Kenley

  8. the Painted Apron
    April 10, 2013

    Great inspirational tables Kenley! I am waiting for my yard to be more presentable then I want to go crazy outside! The wheel barrel is Brilliant! I saw one on HGTV pinterest board full of iced beverages, so cute! Thanks!
    Jenna

    • Green Door Hospitality
      April 10, 2013

      Oh I like that idea too! Now I need two wheelbarrows! One as a serving table and one to serve iced beverages! Oh…and I suppose I still need one to actually do yard work in! 🙂

  9. Jo
    April 10, 2013

    When I go home today I’m setting up an outdoor table since the weather has finally turned. So inviting. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

  10. now at home mom
    April 10, 2013

    using a wheelbarrow as a serving table: I’m liking the idea but I would never be able to make it look so great! I love all these pictures for inspiration! it’s too early for us over here but WOW! I can’t wait to prepare a nice lunch or dinner outside in our yard! don’t know why but I really love the last picture, I can imagine myself there! 😉

    • Green Door Hospitality
      April 12, 2013

      I would love to be in that last picture as well! And yeah, I’m thinking I might need to buy a second wheelbarrow just for something like this. My current one is way too full of dirt, mulch, etc. to ever look so nice!
      Kenley

  11. Megan @ Pink O'Clock
    April 10, 2013

    These images are so inspiring–I love them! I live in a teeny-tiny apartment with no yard and the smallest strip of a “lanai” you’ll ever seen (it barely fits the width of my bike and my lemon tree!), but when I move into a house I can’t wait to throw some al fresco dinner parties. I had lunch outside today and it was glorious…more of that, please.

    Hooray for spring!

    • Green Door Hospitality
      April 12, 2013

      Thanks Megan! And yes, hooray for spring!! I spent many years living in tiny apartments so I feel your pain. You’ll love it once you’re in a house 🙂
      K

  12. The last one is a fun one. I don’t think I’d be able to get up (because of bad knees) once I was sitting. Of course, the pillows look soft and comfy, I could always sleep right there. lol Nice selection of arrangements.
    Isadora

    • Green Door Hospitality
      April 12, 2013

      Ha, I have bad knees too and I was totally thinking that the one with the pillows looks so great and if I couldn’t get back up then — eh, I’ll just sleep there! 🙂
      Kenley

  13. You find the best pictures, Kenley. The colors in the last one make me so excited for outdoor parties! And I love me some Chinese lanterns and white lights when it comes to outdoor decor…so that Real Simple image has caught my eye, too. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  15. moderndayruth
    April 12, 2013

    I got inspired to set up my terrace for the summer – thank you for that, Kenley! xx

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