The Season for Outdoor Hosting - The Bend Magazine

The Season for Outdoor Hosting

October is the perfect time to head back outdoors and enjoy evenings on the patio with family and friends, here's tips on outdoor hosting

Photography by Lillian Reitz

October is the perfect time to head back outdoors and enjoy evenings on the patio with family and friends, the season for outdoor hosting. With the temperatures being a little cooler and the mosquitoes a little less prevalent, it’s the ideal time of year for al fresco dining. 

If you’re like me and have a small space or small outdoor dining table to entertain or host guests, you may find it a bit challenging to create those Pinterest-worthy tablescapes. Don’t fret — I have some tips that will help, no matter how big or small your outdoor area is. 

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Take the centerpiece up: Instead of taking up significant room in the center of your table for florals, I recommend getting creative and moving the florals above your table. This metal frame installs in minutes to any table and can easily be draped with garlands, florals, crystals, branches or lights. 

Nothing breakable: Using melamine glassware and dinnerware is smart for a few reasons. Melamine is very sturdy and not prone to breaking as easily as traditional glass or dinnerware. Additionally, melamine is lightweight and easy to clean, and there are tons of stylish options to set a beautiful table. 

Incorporate linens: If you want to instantly add a bit of drama, incorporate linens into your al fresco dining. A tablecloth, runner or even cloth napkins with a fun napkin ring can add a punch of texture, interest and color to your table. 

Use unscented candles: With the sun going down a little earlier each day, candles are a great option to add soft light and a warm glow to your table. Make sure your candles are unscented so that you and your guests can enjoy the smells and taste of the food. 

Get the Look

Centerpiece frame Amazon

Melamine dinnerware, flatware and glassware and boxwood Park Seven

Dripless black candles Lucid Candle

Looking for more Spaces? Check out Creating a Backyard Oasis or Tips for Simple Kitchen Upgrade Projects.