Dine Al Fresco with this Shabby Chic Farm Style Table Setting! #AlFrescoAtLast
Thanks to Wayfair.ca for collaborating with me to share this table setting post that is inspired by shabby chic and farm style styling.
Shabby Chic and Farm Style Table Setting!
Summer is on its way and with the warmer temperatures and longer days, BBQ season will be in full swing before you know it. But, before you start sending out the invitations for your next cookout and get together, you need to have your table ready.
One of our favourite things about the summer is the chance to eat outside. Our town is great for outdoor patios but, there really isn’t anything like having that same feel at home. For enjoying any meal outside, whether it is breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner–you’ll love this romantic and simple style!
What I love about the shabby chic and farm style look is that not only is it romantic but, it makes you feel good. To me, there is something special about visiting your grandparents at the farm. That feeling and excitement that you would get knowing that they had your favourite meals cooking. Even the smell and feel of it brings you good memories.
What I love about shabby chic is that every item has a story. I enjoy seeing things that are distressed or aged, it means that they have been used and loved. Memories have been made with them and whether they are made to look that way or have been naturally distressed over time, it’s truly a beautiful look.
So, I thought that for our outdoor dining table setting this year, I’d combine both styles and the result was a hit with the whole family.
As you can see, I’ve used neutral colours. The tablecloth is in a soft grey and is trimmed with a delicate crocheted white trim. Any grey tablecloth will do, it is up to you of course.
For each place setting, I decided to use vintage willow rattan chargers and place cream dishes with scalloped edges and beautiful embossed details. You can find a similar style with these French Perle sets on Wayfair. I chose white cloth napkins to contrast.
The flatware I used were stainless steel with a silver finish. I love them because they have a hammered finish and have an almost handcrafted feel. To me, they remind me of flatware that is made well and built to last that are used throughout generations.
Drinkware was an easy pick, with mason jar mugs, you really cannot go wrong. Mason jars are my absolute favourite for drinkware and decor, so it was a no-brainer.
Bring on the Decor!
For decor, I arranged a small bouquet of mums, flat daisies, carnations, mini carnations and alstroemerias. For a little ambiance into the evening, I added a candle holder with a white electric candle. The candle holder is decorated with rope.
To give the table a vintage feel, a decorative cement bird and birdcage felt fitting. I filled the birdcage with pink flowers for a pop of colour. For a farm style feel, I placed them inside a galvanized metal tray with rope handles. You can find a similar metal tray on Wayfair.ca.
What’s in a Name?
Just about EVERYTHING. One thing that I absolutely love to do when coming up with table settings is to personalize each setting. A simple way to do this is to quickly make your own.
I made ours in less than 15 minutes and it was incredibly easy. I purchased paper tags with cream ribbons and used small doilies and cut enough to go across the tag and glued them on. After that, I just wrote the names with a fine point pen in a script font.
Time for Refreshments!
Aside from getting our outdoor patio ready for the summer, we wanted to have a refreshment table ready too. You can use another set of the same tablecloth and decor. Arranging another bouquet of flowers keeps the theme going too.
I love having water set out, especially when it’s hot. I always fill a beverage dispenser with water, lots of ice and fresh fruit. The design is textured and it makes for a gorgeous centerpiece too. Plus, it’s functional and is great for serving punch and juice too.
You’re All Set!
Now that you have inspiration for your outdoor table setting and a refreshment table, you are ready to dine al fresco. Summer entertaining is meant to be fun, whimsical, comforting and a little bit nostalgic.
With these outdoor dining inspirations, you’re sure to bring out those feelings in your family and friends all summer long.
How are you going to style your outdoor table this summer?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.
I love, love, love eating outside. I think that is a really cute tablescape for it, too! It’s rustic and perfect for an enjoyable meal outside.
We do too!
OH my gosh I LOVE this!! I need you to come decorate my house! This is beautiful and I love how chic it is!
Awww, thanks so much Jeanette! 🙂
I’m crazy about table settings and I love everything about your farm style table. From the name cards to the centerpiece, I love it all. It’s so pretty!
Thank-you Alli, it was fun to put together!
You just rocked this out of the park Nancy! LOVE IT!!!!
Thanks so much Kristen, I appreciate it.
Love your table setting! My favorite part of all though was the name cards. They are super cute and personal. But I love the entire shabby chic look. It reminds me of a wedding in a barn. I love the distressed pieces and I love how you worded it that the pieces were used and loved. Really, isn’t that what live is all about being useful and loved? The table is perfection!
Wow, thank-you so much for such a thoughtful comment. Very kind! I do love it too, for that very reason.
This is definitely my style! I have pretty much ZERO outside space 🙁 I am just going to have to figure out how to incorporate this style into my inside table settings.
That is awesome, it is versatile enough to do inside for sure.
What an amazing table setting! I think my favorite thing about spring/summer is the lovely weather and being able to eat outside. In fact, I just brought my patio seat out from the garage. Bring on the outdoor meals!
YES, we love it too.
The table cloth looks so elegant, the decorations and the photos are just so amazing, I want to try them sometime near. Also the drinks are so refreshing, perfect for summer.
Thanks so much! Perfect for summer indeed. 🙂
I love the table setting and the name placement cards! I think this is perfect for a light dinner party and would be a beautiful setting.
Thanks so much, it is great for any get together for sure.
Wow everything looks beautiful! I love the place setting but my favourite touch is definitely the name cards/tags, so cute!
Thanks so much, they were so simple to make!
I can also get a little help from a shabby chic and farm styled place. I love your table setting.
Thanks so much!
That is a fantastic table setting,. I think the farm setting is pretty quaint and simple. I love it. I really love the mason jar drinking glasses. I think those are the coolest.
Thanks so much. That is what I love about the style too. Yes, the mason jars are my FAVE.
I love farmhouse decoration! The table set up looks amazing, love the color combo, so pretty!
Thanks so much! 🙂
What can I say? Just Wow. That a beautiful outdoor table setting! And to think I was just planning on using paper plates! I have to make something like this! Thanks for the inspiration!
Aww, thank-you so much! It really is very easy. Hope you give it a try!
This is so beautiful. Ive never set up a table like this and as I look at these photos I realize I really need to step my hostess game up. This is gorgeous.
Aww, thank-you so much. Girl, it is much easier than you think!
Your al fresco table setting is fantastic! I wish I could pull off something like that too. You have that creative flair I always wished I had.
Thanks so much, well, now you have inspiration for it.
Your farm style table setting was very well done. Pink is my favorite color so I love the pop of color. Mason jars are classic, you can’t go wrong with them.
Thanks so much! I love mason jars too. 🙂
I totally love this and the mixed colors so pretty and bright for summer!
I love the colors too!