5 Tips for Creating a Colorful Outdoor Table Setting for a Backyard Barbecue

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5 Tips for Creating a Colorful Outdoor Table Setting

With summer in full swing, we spend a lot of time entertaining friends and family over drinks and good eats in our backyard. A table setting can be the perfect way to add a little oomph to any soirée. Follow these tips to create a colorful table display perfect for a summer backyard barbecue.

Setting the table for a more masculine occasion can be harder than creating a tablescape for a get together with your closest gal pals. You toe the line between under decorating for fear of it being too feminine and over doing it and having it feel inappropriate for the occasion.

Here is the table setting we’ve come up with for a Father’s Day gathering and the whats and whys behind the playful and fun yet still masculine and cool tablescape:

Mood board for Father's Day Table Setting

1) Create a color scheme

Start with a charger (like this one we found at Cost Plus World Market) or another accent piece that has a pattern to it and work your color scheme around that. Turquoise is bright and summery, and when paired with the natural fiber of the charger, it adds a textural quality to the table setting that is still masculine.

2) Forget the tablecloth

For a more masculine vibe, ditch the tablecloth and bare it all. Our white table was clean and modern and played the perfect part in setting off all the bright colors and textures we added through place settings and greenery.

3) Don’t be afraid to mix patterns

Vary the color, scale and type of pattern in different pieces, like the charger and plate below, to add interest and color.

Closeup of an individual table setting

4) Add some wood

Add a few wood elements to ground the palette and make it more masculine. These bowls break up the pattern and add a rustic vibe to the table making it more suitable for a masculine occasion. The basic wood planter also adds a bit of rustic nature to the space and the greenery adds extra height and texture.

5) Introduce an accent color

To avoid a monochrome setting, add an accent color to the table through plants or flowers, a small dish, or a trio of colorful cutting boards, as we’ve done here. For a fun and simple DIY, tape the edges of your cutting board and paint them with a bright accent color, like the blood orange we have here. Introducing an accent color gives dimension to your tablescape, adds visual interest and breaks up all of the turquoise we have elsewhere.

Closeup of colorful cutting boards

Photo credits: Amber Interiors

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