Friday, July 10, 2015

Rustic Outdoor Tablescape

Green grass, blue skies, gentle breeze and chirping birds .... a perfect summer ambiance that inspired me to put together this simple rustic outdoor tablescape in our backyard.

When creating a rustic themed setting, the possibilities are endless. My only rule though is keep it SIMPLE! Here are some tips when working on a rustic themed table setting ....

  • A wooden table is a perfect canvas for a rustic setting.
  • Combine colors that mimic nature's hues. Personally, green, brown, white and beige are my favorite rustic palette.
  • Instead of placemats, I used tin plate chargers. They are perfect with simple white plates on top.
  • Do not fuss over miss matched table napkins. I think they add character to the setting. For this arrangement, I used different design but I made sure they are the same size and all with different shades of green

  • Bamboo utensils tied with natural jute twine are my choice for an informal outdoor get-together.
  • Adding herbs on top of the utensils is always a good idea. {Use herbs with sturdy stems like rosemary or thyme. I used lemon thyme form the garden for this arrangement.}. The aroma of different herbs is always a good conversational topic before a meal.

  • This is the perfect time to bring out those tin cans! what could be more rustic than that?
  • Use wild flowers if available. Since I live in he countryside, I always get mine from the roadside. Always free!
  • Use empty clear wine bottles to hold water.
  • Embellish with nature inspired ornaments {ex. moss, pieces of tree bark, bird's nest, etc.}. This time I added this ceramic bird houses salt and pepper shaker - useful and whimsical.

  • If the setting is for late afternoon to dinner, use citronella candles to keep those mosquitoes at bay.

Last but not the least, enjoy the ambiance and bon appetit!

Linking with : Treasure Hunt Thursday
                        Thursday Favorite Things


  1. thank you for sharing your gorgeous table at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Watch for your feature on Monday xo

  2. Hi Debi, wow I saw your table setting on Katherine's and wanted to stop over, I love it, looks so fun.The use of the watering can and lantern are so cute!! I would love to have you stop by and share on my Wordless Wednesday this week, starts later today please!!
    I would be honored!!

    Hope you have a great week!

  3. Mei Ann - I loved your tablescape! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop! I have featured you on my Tuesday Treasures! Hope you can stop by and take a look!


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