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3 Playful (and Affordable) Tablescapes for Al Fresco Dinners

updated Jun 21, 2022
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Credit: Photo: Ghazalle Badiozamani; Prop Stylist: Margaret Ward

We’re not scientists, but we’re pretty sure that food tastes better outside. A warm evening, a freshly prepared meal, a chilled bottle of wine, a table full of family and friends soaking up the last rays of sun — sounds extra delicious, no?

That’s the magic of dining al fresco. And when spring arrives, it’s time to seize every opportunity for it. Put down the paper plates: We found great deals for setting the table for a season of memorable everyday feasts. Whatever style speaks to you, Walmart‘s latest dinnerware collections will help turn your outdoor space into the chicest dining destination in town. Plus, take care of your grocery list with fast and easy pickup and delivery from Walmart.

We’ve got even more ideas for making this the best spring ever. Find them here.

Credit: Photo: Ghazalle Badiozamani; Prop Stylist: Margaret Ward

1. New Farmhouse

Put a modern spin on a cozy classic. White dishes never go out of style, especially with a soft silhouette like this design by Gibson Home. Then add some patterns. Why not set a mix-and-match table by adding in these warm teal medallion style or some chic spots with these Gap Home salad plates? The rounded style of this Mainstays flatware complements them all, plus it’s ultra durable.

When it’s time for after-dinner coffee, keep the theme light and bright with a set of white mugs and matching cream-and-sugar set. (It’s way cuter than a carton of half-and-half.) Keep the bugs at bay with a multi-wick citronella candle that’s pretty enough to do double-duty as a centerpiece. And if your farmhouse vibe doesn’t feel quite bucolic enough? A faux-grass area rug will delight everyone (and add a little green).

Credit: Photo: Ghazalle Badiozamani; Prop Stylist: Margaret Ward

2. Southwestern Minimalism

Channel desert vibes, whatever your climate may be, with dramatic shapes and patterns — hello, black matte flatware! Combine them with tapered drinking glasses in smoky ombre green and cotton napkins in earthy hues, and your table will be set to impress with all the colors of a desert cactus in bloom. Ground the look with some sharp square mugs in clean white. Finally, get that mountain sunset glow with plenty of candles: These terra cotta taper candle holders give instant Santa Fe vibes.

For a hearty meal to make the most of your newly refreshed table, honey mustard pork tenderloin and potatoes always impresses. Everything cooks on a single sheet pan to make clean up easy, too!

Credit: Photo: Ghazalle Badiozamani; Prop Stylist: Margaret Ward

3. Florals for Spring

If tulips and daffodils are your favorite part of spring, harness some flower power of your own. The Pioneer Woman Collection’s vintage-inspired designs are just the thing: The Sweet Romance Blossom dinnerware‘s pretty blooms and scalloped shapes will perk up any table, and the Classic Charm serving platter lives up to its name with a lovely style that reminds us of Sunday lunches at Grandma’s house. Rose gold flatware adds subtle shine, and Corelle Classic Winter Frost White dinner plates easily layer in when you need to add extra seats at the table.

The delightfully old-fashioned Pioneer Woman Breezy Blossom kettle has us excited for a sunny afternoon tea. Set out sweet and savory snacks on the whimsical Blossom Jubilee serving tray, and pour your refreshing sipper of choice into these retro embossed glass goblets.