1 GOOD LIGHTING
Nothing makes an outdoor setting prettier than white lights strung against the backdrop of a night sky. Drape them above the dining table to lend the evening a whimsy feel.
Canvas Luna String Lights, Canadian Tire, $27.99
2 DURABLE PITCHERS
You’ve perfected your drink recipe, now you have to perfect the way you serve it — enter an elegant, old-world pitcher. This beautiful pick from Anthropologie is reminiscent of the one your grandmother used to use. Fill it up with your sangria concoction or signature cocktail, add plenty of fruit, and sit in on the table for guests to help themselves to.
Hobnail Pitcher, Anthropologie, $88.
3 DISPOSABLE PLATES
Add an artsy element to your tablescape with these brushed bouquet paper plates. Picture it: Paired with a handwritten nametag, fresh blooms and a fruit-garnished bevvy, your guests will have the perfect shot.
Brushed Bouquet paper plates, 7”, BHLDN, $8 (per set of 12).
4 RECTANGULAR RATTAN TRAY
This multi-functional tray is lightweight and great for outdoor use and will lend your tablescape a much-needed natural element. Use it to bring your essentials from the indoors out or gather your utensils, napkins and condiments on the table.
Rectangular Rattan Tray, Zara Home, $59.90
5 PRETTY PARTY NAPKINS
Punch up your table with these fun paper napkins. Printed with a pretty blue watercolour and gold artsy pattern, they’ll add a lively touch to the scene.
Brushed Bouquet Napkins, BHLDN, US $7
6 FLAMINGO BOTTLE OPENER
This flamingo bottle opener is pretty enough to keep right on the table, so your guests can help themselves to pop the bottles and keep the party going.
Flamingo Bottle Opener, West Elm, US $10.99
7 SHATTERPROOF WINE GLASSES
Leave easy-to-break glassware indoors and opt for these BPA-free, reusable glasses instead. They still look like the real thing, so you don’t have to sacrifice style for practicality here.
Shatterproof Wine Glasses (Set of Four), Terrain, US $28
8 CHIC POOL FLOATS
How do you make a pool (even more) inviting? Add a pool floatie. Instead of the typical swan that’s been ‘Grammed up a storm by now, opt for this pretty mermaid shell one instead.
Mermaid Shell Pool Float, Urban Outfitters, $104
9 EASY-TO-WIPE-CLEAN PLACEMATS
If your table is still feeling a little bland, up the detail with green leaf placemats. Paired with your artsy plates and napkins, blooming centrepiece and pitcher of sangria, your tablescape will look like it was designed by the experts.