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Inspiring Ideas for Entertaining Outdoors for Thanksgiving

Double your entertaining options by creating inviting outdoor dining and gathering places. Keep the home and surrounding grounds interesting with al fresco Thanksgiving dining room ideas and decorating tips that can last the entire holiday season. Invite holiday guests over and make the most of the lovely fall weather by entertaining outdoors.

Create an Outdoor Dining Room with a Landscape Architect

Hosts can create elegant or casual outdoor dining rooms when they work with a landscape architect that understands their preference and knows how to make the most out of a client’s grounds. A landscape architect can outfit the outdoor space with the perfect seasonal planting and suggest backyard privacy ideas for intimate groups or transform a place for larger gatherings of family and friends. Design the space from a range of styles and options and create a warm, inviting atmosphere that allows guests to linger and unwind.

Arrange Furniture for Entertaining Outdoors

Bench seating works well for more casual entertaining dining options. Stainless steel benches can be topped with comfortable striped cushions and offer seating around a simple and colorful red metal table. In addition, rough-hewn tables can also pair well with benches and establish a rustic touch to holiday entertaining. With this option, live-edge benches may bring in organic elements to a seating arrangement. Decomposed granite offers a simple floor option. Benches are a useful and mobile option whenever additional seating is necessary. Tables can also serve as buffets and younger children can picnic using throw blankets on the lawn.
Nothing makes a space quite as inviting as an outdoor fireplace. A dining room centered in front of a stucco fireplace creates a classic look that can be dressed up for any gathering. Guests may linger on cushioned seats and a glass table allows the surrounding features to stand out. An arbor can also create a focal point in the dining area as well as allows guests to dine comfortably in sunny climes.
For homeowners that enjoy grounds with a view, neutral dining sets and native plants do not detract from water views or a stunning horizon. Otherwise, homeowners may choose to add pillar candles for mood lighting.
A more formal dining area can be created under a pergola and incorporate a fireplace or other landscaping touches. Neutral linens pair well with centerpieces and layered table settings. Classic wood and cushioned chairs can offer comfortable seating. Formal candlelight options and crystal brings more appreciation to the meal and establishes the atmosphere. For more seating options, make sure to check out our other blog post on backyard seating ideas.

Decorating Ideas for Thanksgiving

Neutral colors allow Mother Nature’s autumnal colors to reign supreme. Tans, light browns, and earthy tones play nicely with natural elements. Bring warmth to the table with a stacked pumpkin centerpiece or vary the colors with a variety of gourds. Heirloom pumpkins play well with cooler hues such as pale greens, whites, and grays. Seasonal plant trimmings, nuts, acorns, and pinecones are all options to integrate within your centerpiece.
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Texture brings interest and depth to décor when the colors chosen are very similar to each other. Texture in fabrics, pillows, cloth napkins bring our interesting contrasts. However, texture is also found in nature with pieces of branches, nuts and pinecones and adds interest to smaller displays. In addition, textured throws on furniture arranged for intimate conversations help ward off any chill and foster a cozy atmosphere. Layer colors or textured fabrics to create an inviting table to dine using chargers, topped by dinner plates, a cloth napkin, and a small bread plate.
Blooming Desert landscape designers work with homeowners to create outdoor environments and dining options that can be used year round. Prepare to host a Thanksgiving dinner in an updated outdoor dining area with the help of Blooming Desert today!