Combine sophistication and creativity when setting your table for an outdoor party -- our place setting ideas mix different colors and add natural elements to create a fresh look on your patio table.
A flat black rock resting on a single hosta leaf is a fun alternative for an outdoor table place card and adds a cool touch to natural-theme table decorations.
A bright yellow flower in a petite pink footed dish adds a sunny outlook to this fresh outdoor table setting.
Three distinct floral patterns ring the edges of the dishes in this outdoor table place setting. When mixing different designs, use a single color to unite the setting. Here, the designs are brought together with a light blue napkin. A few faux bird eggs resting in a tiny nest (available at crafts stores) add nature to your outdoor party.
Outdoor entertaining is often more casual than indoor dinner parties, so don't be afraid to mix and match dishes to create a funky look for your place settings. Choose chargers and plates in colors that complement each other. Here, we used a brown napkin ring to tie pale yellow, blue, jade green, and burnt orange together.
Editor's Tip: If you want to mix up the look of each place setting, change the colors of each element around.
An easy way to jazz up an outdoor table setting is to include a small fresh-from-the-garden bouquet (we used a single blue delphinium and a Lily of the Valley stem) in a simple vase. Here, a large blue plate with a white floral design sits atop a rich blue place mat, while a sweet blue-pattern white bowl holds the look together.