Balmy summer evenings bring back fond memories of outdoor entertaining under warm lighting, a table adorned with delish food and drinks, surrounded by friends and family. Outdoor space is a rare gem in most cities, and once you have it, plan on taking full advantage by hosting the most stylish do’s of the season. Think endless dinner parties, barbecues, and copious amounts of rosé flowing throughout summer. The next time you fire up the grill for a backyard BBQ, impress your guests with these colourful and creative summertime table setting ideas. Here’s a rundown of all the picks you need for the alfresco dining party of the year.

TABLEWARE

Putting together a gorgeous summer party doesn’t have to be complicated. Your decorating can be simple and your table, anything but basic. Crisp white dishware, modern glassware, and classic cutlery is always a safe and workable option, but combining unique and sassy pieces with like these with classics will sure amp up your table-style quotient.

TRAYS AND PLATTERS

A classic tray will go a long way. Whether used to serve drinks and beverages, as base for candles or floral arrangements, or as a food platter, these pieces are a must-have for the ideal outdoor summer soiree.

FRESH ACCENTS

You’ve got Mother Nature to add most of the colour to your tablescapes. A few fresh spring blooms placed in rustic accents sprinkled down the table eliminate the need for fancy floral arrangements. To elevate the look, leave a printed menu and a touch of greenery to mark each place setting.

TABLE SERVIETTES

Pay attention to small details, like your choice of serviettes. Opt for a Mediterranean, Cool and Casual, or a Retro feel – these curates spell anything but boring. Since evening temperatures tend to get cool, you can also cozy up by layering Moroccan rugs on the floors to make a relaxed, lounging space to enjoy an after-dinner drink or two.

LIGHTING

A balmy dinner party would not be complete without candlelight and warm lighting infusions. Create an eye-catching tableau with items of varying heights to add depth – tiered lanterns and candlesticks are all great examples. Light up table surfaces with unique candles or line up pathways and corners with a beautiful cluster of lanterns.