33 Decor Pieces to Create Your Own Outdoor Dining Oasis

Lauren Joseph
·4 min read

Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean it’s time to abandon your hopes of a dreamy outdoor dining setup at home. In fact, this year it might be more important than ever to optimize whatever slice of green you have—be it a whole suburban backyard or a city balcony.

There are, of course, big patio furniture sets and a whole slew of chaise lounges out there to choose from. But the little things—unique handwoven linens, glass and wood lanterns—that’s the stuff that really helps an outdoor space take on personality.

If what you’re seeking is a place to enjoy a meal all fall and winter long, comfortable seating and plenty of warm elements are key: throw blankets and pillows, the warm glow of candles, or a fire pit.

For dinnerware, you can use the indoor kind, sure. But anyone with kids might prefer melamine or enamelware, since both are virtually indestructible.

Glasses and Dishes

Indoor and outdoor dinnerware don’t have to differ much, though it’s easiest to carry food outside in a few big serving dishes, and you want to focus on somewhat sturdier materials. For dishes, look to enamelware or melamine if you’re after something unbreakable that’s not standard plastic. I also love these thick-walled handblown juice glasses from Novica—yes, they’re still glass, but they’re far less flimsy than the standard café glasses I stick to for indoor drinking. If you’re looking for something to hold your hot cocktail or cocoa, we’ve got you covered there too.

Jungalow Terracotta Bowl

$40.00, Jungalow

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Hay Soft Ice Swirl Bowl

$20.00, HAY

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Handblown, Fair Trade Recycled Glass Juice Glasses, Set of 4

$76.00, Novica

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Hay Speckled Enamel Tray

$15.00, Hay

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Spongeware pitcher

$98.00, Tory Burch

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Melamine Plates, Set of 4

$28.00, Amazon

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Golden Rabbit Enamelware Cake Plate

$40.00, Amazon

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Handmade Clay Serving Bowl

$87.00, Minna

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Mango Wood Fruit Bowl With Bark Edges

$26.00, Amazon

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Cutlery

The somewhat camp (and very splurgy) Sabre cutlery and serving utensils will always look the part at a backyard picnic. For something equally lighthearted but a little less expensive, consider a flatware-stocked caddy from West Elm, and you’ll never need to run back inside for a fork again.

Sabre Tortoise Flatware in Brushed Stainless Steel

$17.00, Coming Soon

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Sabre Stainless Steel Serving Set

$60.00, Coming Soon

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Flatware Caddy, Set of 16

$60.00, West Elm

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Table Linens

If you’re worried about kids, spills, or inclement weather, try an oilcloth tablecloth or runner. Otherwise, almost any linen goes (maybe just leave the nicest white ones inside). I love more natural-looking linens for outdoors, like these handloomed fair trade options from Minna, Meema, and Novica, below.

Meema Striped Cotton Napkins

$24.00, Amazon

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Oilcloth Tablecloth

$11.00, Etsy

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Handwoven, Fair Trade Guatemalan Table Runner

$55.00, Novica

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Oilcloth Tablecloth

$24.00, Etsy

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Minna Ikat Table Runner

$80.00, Minna

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Sustainable Threads Gradient Cotton Napkins

$45.00, Food52

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Blue-Striped Linen Placemats

$34.00, Etsy

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Pillows and Throws

As temperatures drop, cozy elements like throw blankets and soft cushions become necessary. Whether plush mohair or a classic waffle weave is your thing, you’ll be warmer with one of these.

Waffle Weave Throw

$45.00, West Elm

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Irish Mohair Throw

$360.00, Food52

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Malian Bògòlanfini Pillow

$35.00, Etsy

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Rolsten Outdoor Pillow With Contrast Piping, Set of 2

$23.00, Target

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The Citizenry Tesora Black Alpaca Blanket

$275.00, The Citizenry

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The Inside Ikat Outdoor Throw Pillow

$39.00, The Inside

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Taupe Throw Blanket

$32.00, Bed Bath & Beyond

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Hillery Sproatt Cowboys Throw

$165.00, West Elm

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Foxford Woolen Mills Mohair Throw

$125.00, Weavers of Ireland

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Lanterns and Plants

A range of warm lighting options will go far in adding personality to your space—and, of course, adding a lantern or two will allow you to actually see your dinner. Pair your lights with a few plants to create a little green oasis, even if your outdoor space is a tiny city balcony.

Musgo Planter

$50.00, CB2

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Hurricane Lantern

$34.00, Rejuvenation

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West Elm Mid Century Lantern

$60.00, West Elm

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Cement Oil Lamp

$50.00, CB2

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Bloomist Planter

$20.00, Bloomist

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Originally Appeared on Epicurious