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A couple of weeks ago I talked on the blog about adding some spring touches on our living room. I was surprised to know how many of you love adding fresh flowers in your surroundings for that sense of freshness. For me, bringing simple spring decor to outdoor entertaining also involves the use of fresh flowers (or even plants). But I love to throw into the mix accessories that reflect the lightness of nature and that will and airy feeling into this area.
Lets start from the center
When setting a table I love to start building it from the center. This is how I normally create a strong focal point and because this is an outdoor table setting, I used the Better Homes & Gardens Galvanized Dispenser from Walmart as a vase. The strong material and large capacity made it possible for me to add some bougainvillea branches from our patio. The perfect punch of color of its flowers created a beautiful contrast against the galvanized material of the dispenser.
I also included the 2.5 Gallon Glass/Rope Dispenser from Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart as secondary focal point. To keep things simple I pour some water and added some slices of oranges and lemons for that citric fresh taste.
Keeping some basics at hand
To keep this table setting clutter free, I placed all the flatware on this Galvanized Serve Caddy from Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart. It provides 3 buckets and a tray with handles that can be used for several purposes. Here I used it as an additional flower vase and to place more lemons. But it can also be used for holding napkins, food dressings, etc.
Another incredible piece that I found was the Better Homes & Gardens Mason Caddy available at Walmart. For less that $15 you get 6 beautiful mason jars (with lids and straws), but also the caddy. This piece is so convenient for carrying beverages from the kitchen to the table all in just one trip (and no spilling!).
Bringing simple spring decor to outdoor entertaining and adding some sweets
No matter your bakery skills, this cake stand with a galvanized base (from Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart) will make any dessert look like it was confectioned by angels.
I have to confess that these Floral Melamine Plates were what inspired my table’s decor. I was struck by their amazing color and rustic design when I found them online. On top of these I set some small dark wood cutting boards to place my simple and delicious fruit salad. I can only imagine the colorful dialogue between the juicy fruits and the Floral Melamine Plates from Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart!
More basics with textural power
If you’re like me and love textures, you’ll love the Better Homes & Gardens Blended Weave Napkins and Natural Jute Woven Table Runner both available at Walmart. I’ve thrown several times these napkins into the washing machine and they’ve come out like new. As for the table runner, I’ve used it on a previous Christmas table setting and even added some tassels on the sides. Little that I knew that one of my best friends would snag it from me! But since I love the look and quality of this table runner, I had to buy it again. That is how much I love this piece!
When bringing simple spring decor to outdoor entertaining, remember to keep things basic. Natural elements and great quality accessories (like the ones from Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart) will help you in creating a beautiful setting for your guests. What is your inspiration when decorating and getting ready to entertain your family and friends?