No-fuss scapes for your next no-fuss affair!
Impress your guests with minimal effort and host an unforgettable al fresco gathering with these gorgeous picnic table settings! Today I’m inspired by relaxation and elegance, so I’ve put together 7 amazing ideas that are not only beautiful to look at, but are easy to recreate as well!
Keep it beachy
This summery picnic tablescape is a breeze to recreate! Using a plain white tablecloth, top it off with a simple printed runner—I think a macramé runner would look amazing too—and big tropical leaves. While I love the monstera leaves in this picture, large banana leaves would work just as well in a pinch!
The classic gingham
I think that a basic black and white gingham tablecloth is the perfect backdrop for a vibrant bouquet centerpiece. If peonies and other big blooms aren’t your thing, simple and smaller bouquets in vibrant colors like orange and yellow will also contrast nicely with the background. Complete the look with a simple china setting to really bring a picnic-themed tablescape to mind.
Small checks for contrast
This is the perfect no-fuss summer picnic table setting! I love this super simple tablescape with its wide small check runner, dark blue glasses, ultra sleek white plateware, and unfussy linen. Place a few greens at the center of the table for an easy centerpiece design.
Modern and graphic stripes
If gingham is too overdone for you, try this simple but striking pattern in black and white stripes. Top the look off with rope placemats and personal charcuterie platters for a picnic that’s both unusual and cool.
Citrus for summer
I adore all things citrus, and this easy breezy picnic table setting is no exception. I love the mix of bright colors and how it packs a big punch! Decorative disposable plates, glasses, and utensils also make for very easy cleanup; perfect for a picnic with small kids. To recreate the look, start your table with a plain tablecloth and top it with a bright neon runner. Add green stems and cut grapefruits, lemons, or other citrusy fruits down the center of the table for the easiest (and cutest) way to decorate!
Pack it up
Another way to save yourself the cleanup is to pack individual lunches in boxes! I love this picnic table setting idea with its plain brown cartons and twine, all while keeping it a mix of rustic and elegant with its glassware and heavy silverware. Recreate the look with unfussy unbleached linens and minimal florals or greenery as a centerpiece.
The grazing table
This monochromatic pink idea is the perfect way to decorate an outdoor picnic table setting. A simple runner is topped by leaves, and a communal charcuterie board acts as the centerpiece and makes for easy cleanup. Serving more substantial meals? You can still use the idea of a communal serving board to save yourself the washing!
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