Invite Goodwill to Your Outdoor Party: A Designers Formula to a Thrifted Outdoor Dining Experience

It is such a beautiful time of year in Orange County.  Spring breezes make me want to escape outside as much as possible.  I love to invite guests over and enjoy a meal on the patio during the spring and summer months.  Entertaining in the open air and making your backyard a beautiful retreat does not require a whole lot of dough.  Shopping at Goodwill of Orange County I was able to make a dated covered patio area with a wood table and chairs into a hostesses dream come true without breaking the bank.

Here is my Seven-Step Formula to creating the perfect outdoor dining experience on a budget:

Step One: Set the Stage

I began by setting the stage with canvas drop cloths nailed up with a few carpet tacks on the awning to cover the original 1962 metal pole supports.  Ribbon acts as a tie back allowing the canvas to drape dramatically.  It softens the entire space and the wind catching the fabric makes it even more inviting.

Step One: Set the Stage

 

Step One: Set the Stage

Step Two: Adding a Chandelier

Every dining table deserves a chandelier and my ideal style is one made of metal and rope that houses a candle.  To make it hang a little lower and have it visually connect to the table, a belt is repurposed into an extender.

Step Two: Adding a Chandelier

Step Three: Table Backdrop

Having a backdrop on the table gives depth and interest to any dining table.  A textural jute runner is the first layer.  This will act as the placemat for two of the place settings while pebbles serve the other two.

Step Three: Table Backdrop

Step Four: Mixing Up the Place Settings

By mixing up the patterns and shapes of the plates and cups, the entire tablescape gets a fun, eclectic look.  Simple white dinner plates get layered with gray lace pattern and green bird & floral pattern desert plates.  Cut glass goblets of different styles also fit in to the mix perfectly.

Step Four: Mixing Up the Place Settings

Step Five: DIY Painting it Ombre

Fabric napkins received what I call the “Sunset Effect” with a little bit of water, orange paint, & a spray bottle.  Inexpensive flatware now boast teal ombre by adding a touch of spray paint.  See the DIY steps below on how to create these two looks for yourself.

Step Five: DIY Painting it Ombre

DIY Ombre

DIY Ombre Sunset Effect Napkins

DIY Ombre Painted Flatware

Step Six: Put a Cushion on it

Adding colorful pillows or cushions to hard chairs give comfort and style to bland outdoor seating.

Step Six: Put a Cushion on it

Step Seven: The Crown Jewel Centerpiece

Completing the tablescape is the centerpiece.  I selected three white washed cement vases that I filled with flowers and clustered in the center.

Step Seven: The Crown Jewel Centerpiece

Here is the space before.

BEFORE

And here is the after look! Now this patio is ready for guests and I am already planning my next party.  It is easy to follow this formula and the next time you go shopping at Goodwill, look for great finds for your next outdoor party.

AFTER

AFTER: Placesetting

AFTER: Outdoor Party

AFTER: Outdoor Party

#FindTheGood.  Think of Goodwill for your next repurposing project.  Shopping at Goodwill is a triple win: You get big savings, you help the environment by repurposing goods, and you support job creation for your local community.  To learn more about Goodwill of Orange County visit ocgoodwill.org.

Janeane

Interior Designer at Janeane Pittman Interior Design

2 comments

  1. Janeen, so glad to see you doing this blog for Goodwill which I fully support and love. Beautiful post and I love the result. It gets my mind flowing. Maybe I will head out to Goodwill here in Oklahoma. I love the flatware. Top notch, girlie.

    1. Thank you Judy! Let me know if you find any goodies out there in OK.

      Janeane

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