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Vintage Living: Outdoor Entertaining Ideas

Vintage LivingOutdoor Entertaining Ideas

As we embark on the warmer months ahead I am ecstatic to start living outside & soak up nature once again. This is a time when outdoor living is at it’s best and we look forward to inviting family & friends to partake in our fresh air festivities. Whether its dining al fresco, a casual afternoon lunch or s’mores fireside there is an eagerness to host against the organic backdrop of nature. There are so many incredible ideas to make your next summer soiree unforgettable & fun, using vintage and/or reclaimed items is an inexpensive and stylish way to make a statement at your next event. Here are some creative outdoor entertaining ideas with a distinct vintage flair….

An Orchard Brunch with Poppy Barley - farmhouse table with tree trunk stools

Off Beat + Inspired

Need extra seating at your next outdoor event? Then why not pull up a log. If you host regularly then you know how panicked you can be at the thought of not having enough seating. This is a cheap & clever way to create the ultimate, rustic dining experience for your guests.

Rustic Chic Wedding-use a vintage box as a centerpiece for a fabulous tablescape. Other ideas inlclude succulent or herb planter

Rustic Wedding Chic

Who doesn’t love a good centerpiece? Vintage boxes and small crates are the perfect size and width to hold a bold, wildflower arrangement in the summer. You can even fill a box with fresh herbs, lettuce and vegetables for a farm to table look.

BHG Farmhouse Table Outdoors


Using a farmhouse table outside creates a unique dining mood your guests will love. You can even put a few tables together & add mix and match chairs to complete this casual look.

Local Milk-Mix & Match Dining

Local Milk

Bohemian lounge from 100 layer cakelet

100 Layer Cakelet

Bringing indoor furniture outside is a great way to create the feeling of an outdoor room. When your guests feel cozy and comfortable while enjoying good company they are bound to want to come back. Layering your vintage items outdoors also allows you flexibility to create additional seating with visual appeal.

Style Me Pretty-Using Vintage Settee for Additional Outdoor Seating

Style Me Pretty

Creating an outdoor bar/drink station from an indoor piece of furniture is an ideal way to create more functional space. Anything on casters is always good, that way it is easy to transport back inside when the party is over.

Green Wedding Shoes-Bring a vintage piece outside for an evening to create an outdoor srink station for an event

Green Wedding Shoes

Vintage metal tubs and yes, a wheel barrel make for the perfect outdoor cooler. How clever is this?! Just be sure to clean these items good before you use them.

Colorful Outdoor Oregon Wedding complete with thoughtful rustic details at a private residence and captured by Michelle Cross -The Wedding Chicks

The Wedding Chicks

Another clever option for additional seating, hay bales! If layered with a cozy texture on top like a blanket or faux fur they can be quite comfortable. A creative solution for lighting can be to string lights from old ladders, this way you have flexibility to extend them over the table for the perfect ambiance for al fresco dining.

Eye Swoon Hay Bails

Outdoor Table With Hay Bales by Eye Swoon.


Along the same lines, using an old ladder to string lights from especially if you have tree overhead can give the illusion of a pergola.


Alexandra Design Finds

I hope you now have some fresh ideas to start enjoying time outside with your family & friends,

Jen-City Farmhouse

6 Responses to “ Vintage Living: Outdoor Entertaining Ideas ”

  1. I love every idea, dining outside is a beautiful experience!

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