How to Make Outdoor Family Meals Special

Why isn’t there more buzz around outdoor family meals? Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter get a lot of attention but because they fall during winter and spring in the Northern hemisphere, they’re typically indoor meals. Here at EcoChic, we believe that outdoor meals can be just as epic.

Here are some tips to get you started.


Creative Use of Linens

A fancy indoor meal often involves a tablecloth, napkins, and upholstered chairs. So when you’re moving the celebration outdoors, linens are great place to start. For a one-off event, you don’t need to worry about durability, so break out the beaded table runners, silk napkins, and cotton throw pillows.

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For linens that can handle a little more rugged use, take a look at French oilcloth table coverings, fade-resistant seat cushions, and plastic placemats. And don’t forget to throw up some shade. The fabric draperies in this black-and-white dining area are a dramatic and effective alternative to the traditional patio umbrella.


Unique Tables and Seating

Indoors you might have a carved antique table or some elaborate wingback chairs in your dining room. When furnishing your outdoor space, look beyond the everyday natural wood and aluminum for tables and seating that stand out from the rest.

Our Buoy Crazy collection combines brightly-colored strips of tropical boatwood in an eye-catching mosaic. The Buoy Crazy Round Table is 48.5″ in diameter, which accommodates four comfortably and more when you’re hosting company.

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A dramatic table makes every meal an event to remember.

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Inviting Tablescape

Whatever you do to dress your family table indoors, you can translate to al fresco dining.

Don’t be afraid to break out the china and crystal. Remember napkin rings and place cards. Candles are especially important for evening dining. And fresh centerpieces can come straight from the garden as well as the florist.

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Location Location Location

This tip takes a little more planning ahead, but there’s no denying that a breath-taking view or a wooded acreage transforms any meal. A rooftop terrace is a lovely setting for an afternoon soirée, with the Teak for Two Bistro Set in the corner where relatives can catch up after they fill their plates at the buffet.

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So the next time you’re hunting for a new home, take a look outside with an eye for family get-togethers over a big spread.

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So whether it’s the Fourth of July, a wedding weekend celebration, or a family reunion, why not take a few extra steps to make some special memories around outdoor family meals?

Megan Risdon

CEO EcoChic

Megan Risdon is the CEO of EcoChic Lifestyles. She was inspired to found the company when she discovered the possibilities for crafting art furniture from colorful fishing boat wood.