Rustic Alfresco Summer Table Setting

Being able to eat outdoors for so many months of the year is one of my most favorite things about living in Colorado. When the afternoon rains stay away, we typically eat outside. “Alfresco” is an Italian term that means “in the cool (air)”. Today, I am excited to share a Rustic Alfresco Summer Table Setting for a dinner party we recently hosted.

Rustic Alfresco Summer Table Setting - Home with Holliday

I am also so happy to be joining an amazing group of women sharing their own summer tablescape ideas. I have been following some of these ladies since before I started blogging, so it is really fun for me to be sharing this hop with them today. The links to their beautiful posts are at the bottom of this post.

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Rustic Alfresco Summer Table Setting

If you know me well, you know that I do not use table cloths very often. However, when trying to create a lovely outdoor setting, I think it helps create a more formal tablescape. Instead of a white table cloth, I used a soft, cream linen table cloth to soften the look.

Rustic Alfresco Summer Table Setting - Home with Holliday

To help create a rustic look, I added burlap table runners to serve as placemats for the place settings. These were only $10 each, so it is also a cost-effective way to set a table.

Rustic Alfresco Summer Table Setting - Home with Holliday

I really enjoy making dining experiences unique for our guests, so I decided to bring our indoor dining chairs outside. It made for such a cozy setting.

Rustic Alfresco Summer Table Setting - Home with Holliday

Place Settings for our Rustic Alfresco Summer Table Setting

Simple was the name of the game here. For starters, I knew my French Apilco Tres’ Grande Porcelain dinnerware from Williams Sonoma would be perfect. They are heavy porcelain and work great for a rustic alfresco gathering.

Rustic Alfresco Summer Table Setting - Home with Holliday

For the chargers, I didn’t own any that are as rustic as I wanted them to be so I turned to my friend who owns Distinctive Tabletop Rentals. She had these fantastic driftwood chargers that add a wonderful layer of rustic texture. Renting pieces you don’t have can be a great way to compliment your own serving ware without breaking the bank. Plus, you don’t have to store a whole new set!

My Rustic Alfresco Summer Table Setting - Home with Holliday

Mixing up glassware can also add character to a table setting. For this function, I used my grey wine glasses (they are not available anymore, but I sourced a similar option below) and then chose the gold bubble glasses for the water glass (also from the Distinctive Tabletop Rentals). I thought they worked really well with the golden tone of the burlap and the gold flatware.

Our Rustic Alfresco Summer Table Setting - Home with Holliday

The light grey napkins tied in my breakfast room side chairs.

A Rustic Alfresco Summer Table Setting - Home with Holliday
A Rustic Alfresco Summer Table Setting - Home with Holliday

Rustic Alfresco Summer Table Setting Centerpiece

Because our event was for 8 people, there was not a lot of room in the center of the table so simplicity was, again, the name of the game. The galvanized metal hurricanes set the tone. Next, I added in the sugar pine cones and the antler’s to enhance the rustic look.

Our Rustic Alfresco Summer Table Setting - Home with Holliday
Simple Rustic Alfresco Summer Table Setting - Home with Holliday

Because we were surrounded by such beautiful greenery, plants, and flowers, I felt that we didn’t need much on the table. Hence, I only added a few succulents to finish things off.

Simple Rustic Alfresco Summer Table Setting - Home with Holliday

PRO TIP: When entertaining outdoors in the summer, let your environment be the star of the show! Keep things simple and comfortable on your table. We love having our guests linger after a lovely dinner.

Simple Rustic Alfresco Summer Table Setting - Home with Holliday
One of our favorite dinner guests (upper right-hand corner) photobombed this shot!

To see other ideas for Alfresco dining, come see the Alfresco Dinner Party we had for Father’s Day.

Hopefully, the weather you have where you live allows for relaxing summer entertaining outdoors. I am so happy you stopped by today to see the details of our simple Rustic Alfresco Summer Table Setting. I am sure you will LOVE seeing all the talents of my blogging friends below. Grab a glass of wine and enjoy!!

9 GORGEOUS SUMMER TABLESCAPE IDEAS
9 GORGEOUS SUMMER TABLESCAPE IDEAS
9 GORGEOUS SUMMER TABLESCAPE IDEAS

6 COMMENTS

  1. Summer Adams | 1st Aug 19

    Holly, I love the rustic glam look and love that you brought it outside. I’ll pull up a chair! Beautiful job, friend! Xoxo

    • Holliday Johnson | 2nd Aug 19

      I would love for you to pull up a chair!! Thank you so much for your kind words, Summer! XO

  2. Lory Parson | 1st Aug 19

    This is so elegant, yet causal and rustic too! It’s like you brought your dining room table outdoors – what a treat for these lucky guests. Love!!

    • Holliday Johnson | 2nd Aug 19

      Thank you, my sweet friend! Hopefully, we can do some Alfresco dining on our next retreat!! 🙂

  3. Crissy | 14th Aug 19

    Hi Holly! I love everything about this tablescape. It’s so elegant but rustic at the same time. I chose this as one of my features this week at Tuesday Turn About. Thanks for joining us!

    • Holliday Johnson | 14th Aug 19

      Oh, my goodness! That is such great news and so appreciated. I have been on board with your Tuesday Turn About and it is so nice to see how well it is growing. Congratulations, Crissy!

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