Fun Outdoor Dining Ideas

Summer is all about enjoying time outdoors with friends and family. That means dinners on the porch or patio as often as possible! While there are a million different ways to style your outdoor dining area, we wanted to share some design trends we can’t get enough of. There’s an art to balancing timeless traditions with creative twists, and we are firm believers in freshening up the home’s exterior a little bit every season. Check out some of our favorite looks below!

Mix Teak and Wicker

If you like to switch things up, using teak and wicker together is a great way to mix textures! Many people prefer wicker dining chairs with their dining table as they’re typically a little lighter and easier to move around than wrought iron or teak. We love the “oyster” wicker by Kingsley Bate paired with a crisp white cushion.

Kingsley Bate Sag Harbor Dining Armchair

Kingsley Bate Wainscott Square Dining Table in Two Different Sizes


Kingsley Bate Provence Round Dining Table in Two Different Sizes

Kingsley Bate Southampton Wicker Dining Armchair

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Use Bistro Chairs

Bistro chairs are so much fun! If you like a European look, these seats are what you need. Reminiscent of a Parisian cafe, they add restaurant style to any exterior. Opt for a pop of color or keep it simple with black and white. We adore our Riviera stacking chairs because they’re stylish and so easy to stow away!

Set of Two Riviera Hooper Indoor/Outdoor Stacking Armchairs

Bistro Woven Dining Chair in Red

Bistro Woven Dining Chair in Black and White

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Try Lantern Lighting

When it comes to outdoor lighting, options abound, but one of our favorites is the lantern. Lanterns offer that Cape Cod beach house feel and provide soft romantic lighting for cozy summer dinners. Hang from a garden trellis or tree branch, or use alone as a rustic centerpiece. You can’t go wrong!

Williamsburg Raleigh Tavern Lantern

Overboard Lantern

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Add an Umbrella

Everyone loves the long days of summer, but dinners or cocktails on a sunny evening are far more enjoyable in the shade! That’s why we love outdoor umbrellas – super functional, and they instantly add style to your patio. Fairly inexpensive and easy to assemble, they’re are a no-brainer if you’re looking to add something new to your deck. Whether you like striped or scalloped, colorful or neutral, this chic accessory will seamlessly pull together your outdoor dining area.

Have a Picnic

Picnic tables are a great option for more casual backyard dining areas. The farmhouse bench style seating is perfect for larger families and make for easy seasonal transitions. Add a layer of sophistication and flair with a chic tablecloth, floral centerpiece, or oversized candle.

Kingsley Bate Boca Modern Dining Table

Grey and White 3 Piece Picnic Table Set

Backless Wooden Outdoor Bench in a Natural Oil Finish

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