My favorite summer pastime of having friends and family over for dinner is obviously limited this year. There’s something about entertaining, however, that gives me a boost, so I’ve been trying to find some easy al fresco table decor ideas to incorporate into our meals – inside or out.
Obviously I’m not going out of my way to buy anything decor-related, but summer is full of so much great produce, that it can serve to brighten up a dinner table in no time.
Herbs, stone fruit, tomatoes, zucchini from the garden, fresh herbs, and so much more just make such a beautiful centerpieces and place settings. And then we can keep enjoying those goodies at meals to come!
easy al fresco table decor
Don’t waste a lot of effort with this one. A few whole apricots and berries in a small colander or bowl. If your family is anything like mine, the decor is going to become a sweet treat during the meal as well!
Obviously the small flowers are a lovely touch but not necessary at all!
No matter what you’re having to drink (ice water, healthy iced tea, or a mixed something), jazz up the glass with fresh herbs or fruit. I love adding mint and berries to an iced tea or water glass. Of course you can add them to any type of drink.
You can also freeze some fruit or herbs in ice cube trays for some chilly fun!
You know I’m a sucker for flowers. I love flowers singularly or in a full bouquet, however. This setup just has one stem in a small jar (repurposing at its finest!) and it looks so elegant.
If you have a plant in your garden to borrow a stem from, that’s so easy. If not, try to find something small at the farmers market!
Whether it’s your farmers market haul, your garden haul, or your grocery store run haul, display it all in a bowl in the center of the table.
Even with the bowl of just heirloom tomatoes below, it’s a beautiful mix of colors that brings happiness!
The only thing to remember with these harvest bowls is to make sure all the produce is dry when you put it in the bowl. Moisture on produce can quickly cause your beautiful fruits and veggies to go bad!