There’s still time to whip your outdoor space into shape for this year’s warm weather season. If you’re still on the fence about how to decorate an outdoor eating area, I’m sharing 21 beautiful outdoor dining area ideas below.
I think you’ll find inspiration from several of these if you’re looking for ways to make a beautiful outdoor dining area. When you browse through this collection of decorated outdoor eating areas you’ll see you don’t need much to pull together a pretty place to relax and enjoy with friends.
I’ve been collecting ideas to decorate my backyard and outdoor dining room for months. I knew I’d find a way to tackle my own outdoor dining area this year. I shared the beginning steps in my Coastal Backyard Makeover Reveal a month or so ago. I used several of the outdoor dining ideas I share below in my own design.
If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a short rundown of my own outdoor dining area makeover.
We had a boring wide open space and broke it up with a wrap-around garden and lots of potted plants.
My inspiration was the lush and greenery-filled courtyards I grew up with in New Orleans. In time, these plants will mature and surround our dining area. I’ll add more small plants that spill over the paver walls as the anchor plants grow and create shade for smaller plants.
I think outdoor lighting for a dining area is important. I’ve added lots of lighting to my outdoor dining area for evening ambiance. Read all about How to Hang String Lights and choose the right kind for your outdoor space.
Like I mentioned earlier, if you’ve been on the fence about how to decorate your outdoor dining area, I’ve got plenty of inspiration for you today!
I’ve collected 20 more beautiful versions of outdoor dining areas that you can easily copy or find inspiration from below.
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More Outdoor Dining Area Ideas You Can Do Yourself
Farmhouse Back Porch Grill & Dining Area from Refresh Restyle.
Create an outdoor kitchen under a porch or covered area like this roomy Farmhouse Back Porch Grill & Dining Area from Refresh Restyle. This amazing outdoor living space features multiple seating areas and a cooking space that will allow you to entertain friends and family in style.
Outdoor Summer Dining from Stone Gable Blog.
Use your surroundings as a backdrop for your summer outdoor dining table. Handfuls of colorful tabletop flowers with lots of greenery create a welcoming tablescape in this Outdoor Summer Dining from Stone Gable Blog.
Beachy Boho Outdoor Dining Room from The Happy Housie
Tablecloths go a long way in setting a festive atmosphere outdoor dining. This fun tasseled tablecloth is perfect for a Beachy Boho Outdoor Dining Room from The Happy Housie. The greens and blues of table settings flow with the rest of the space and bring the beach vibe from the view right to the table.
Modern Outdoor Dining Room Update from Hey There Home
You can’t go wrong with the simple clean lines of a chunky wood dining table like this Modern Outdoor Dining Room Update from Hey There Home. Add a few items in the center for interest when the table isn’t set and the area will always look finished.
DIY Outdoor Trestle Dining Table from Jaime Costigilio
Colorful plates go a long way in making an area look inviting and fun. I’m loving this DIY Outdoor Trestle Dining Table and setting from Jaime Costigilio. This large outdoor table has plenty of seating for family and friends for large gatherings.
Outdoor Dining Room from Julie Blanner
Don’t overlook a screened-in porch for an Outdoor Dining Room, like this one from Julie Blanner. Comfy chairs make this the perfect space for relaxing and having a meal with family or friends. Rain or shine, this outdoor dining space will be where you want to be to watch the evening sunset.
Outdoor Table Makeover & Dining Area from Deeply Southern Home.
Pergolas are one of the easiest ways to create an outdoor dining room. Add indoor outdoor curtains for a dramatic feel or a way to block the bright sunlight, like this Outdoor Table Makeover & Dining Area from Deeply Southern Home.
Screened Porch Update from The Chronicles of Home
Don’t shy away from mixing styles. This bright and cheery Screened Porch Update from The Chronicles of Home made good use of metal cafe chairs and wicker in her inviting outdoor dining area. She brings the outdoors in with hanging topiaries.
Outdoor Dining Space from A Beautiful Mess
A Beautiful Mess created a sophisticated outdoor dining room by using texture and a monochrome color scheme in their Outdoor Dining Space. Lighting above the table makes this space great for day or night.
Tips For Hosting A Spring Outdoor Dinner from Unexpected Elegance
Unexpected Elegance shared a simple and inviting outdoor dinner table by moving an indoor table outside in their Tips For Hosting A Spring Outdoor Dinner. You may think those are expensive dishes, but they aren’t! They look just like glass, but they’re disposable, making clean up a breeze.
Outdoor Dinner Party tablescape from Two Peas and Their Pod
Tablecloths and festive lighting go a long way in creating a festive occasion. I’m loving this Outdoor Dinner Party tablescape from Two Peas and Their Pod. Simple and elegant hits the mark with this tablescape and the wood slices used as a table runner add just the right amount of rustic to this lovely outdoor dining space.
Front Porch Dining Area from Town N Country Living
This Front Porch Dining Area is cozy and colorful from Town N Country Living. It’s the perfect dining spot for two for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Farmhouse Outdoor Living Space Easy Update from Simply Designing
This Farmhouse Outdoor Living Space Easy Update shares how a few rustic accessories can pull together a style from Simply Designing. Colorful spring print pillows make a great addition to your dining space. These add color and warmth to metal chairs for a comfortable seating area for friends and family.
Outdoor Dining Area In The Garden from Cottage at the Crossroads
I’m loving the cheerful colors of this Outdoor Dining Area In The Garden from Cottage at the Crossroads. An umbrella over your table is great for adding shade to an outdoor dining space. It really cozies up this corner in this outdoor living space.
Bohemian-Inspired Outdoor Dining Area from Advice From a Twenty Something
Outdoor rugs are an overlooked item! I just added one to our outdoor living area and am loving how finished the sofa area looks now. I think these Tips For A Bohemian-Inspired Outdoor Dining Area with layered rugs from Advice From A Twenty Something are fabulous!
Summer Outdoor Dining Space Reveal from Maison de Pax
Go for a classic outdoor theme with blues and stripes like Maison de Pax pulled together in her Summer Outdoor Dining Space Reveal. Adding string lights under the outdoor umbrella is a genius way to light up your area for nighttime dining and the umbrella keeps the sun at bay on a hot day.
Bohemian Backyard Dinner Party from Camille Styles
Get creative with pillows for seating like this Bohemian Backyard Dinner Party from Camille Styles. This comfy seating area will have you hanging out for hours with family and friends.
DIY Pallet Outdoor Dining Table from Kleinworth & Co
This DIY Pallet Outdoor Dining Table from Kleinworth & Co. is creative and budget-friendly! You can make this as large or as small as you want to accommodate all of your family and friends. Bench seating ensures that there will be plenty of room at the table.
Simply Southern Outdoor Dining from Our Southern Home
A festive centerpiece like the one in this Simply Southern Outdoor Dining area that Our Southern Home shared is perfect on a garden party table. Wicker placemats and twine-wrapped mason jars with spring flowers add a rustic touch to this outdoor dining space.
French Style Outdoor Dining Room from Shabbyfufu
Use simple vintage pitchers for flower holders like this French Style Outdoor Dining Room from Shabbyfufu for an elegant touch to an outdoor table.
I hope I’ve given you plenty of outdoor dining decorating ideas in today’s post! Do you have a favorite? Share with me below in the comments and tell me which one and why!
GREAT POST ! I now have an idea how to setup for my mother’s birthday. thanks a lot. We have a long wooden table in our backyard, even the chairs are made of wood.
Do you suggest using wooden dinnerwares or should I use ceramic ones?
Wendi Wachtel says
How fun that you are hosting an outdoor party! I’m so glad you found ideas in my post to inspire your decor. I’d say mixing up elements, so adding in ceramic dinnerware would be a nice compliment to wood. Especially if it’s either very plain like white round or square plates or textures like hand made ceramics. I’m sure you’l have a gorgeous table. Have fun!