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With 4th of July just a few days away our family is gearing up for our annual 4th of July Picnic out at the farm. Farm picnics are always fun because you never know who is going to show up, what they’re going to bring or how the day will end. One thing you can be sure of a beautiful setting to enjoy wonderful food and lots of good times.

While the hubby is on the grill, I’ll be making the table look pretty… here is my INSPIRATION.

Rustic Outdoor Dining
{Western Interiors, June/July 2007, Photo by Dominique Vorillon}

This is not the first time that this house has INSPIRED us {see the Shabby Santa Fe Living Room we admired in April}.  I think it is the simplicity of white that makes this look so endearing.  It is easy to say, ’I could do that… all I have to do is grab some white sheets or muslin and I’m good to go.’  But then you start thinking about the kids, and the dog, and suddenly this simple palette is much more complicated. But it’s awfully pretty… and there’s always BLEACH.  hmmm, maybe we should go for it!!


Rustic Outdoor Dining
{Country Living, April 2004}

Who says you can’t pull the dining table out to the yard??  This classic pine turned~leg table gives your outdoor dining a solid base… linen table runners are working double duty as placemats… a combination of chairs and a bench keep the setting real.

I found a dining table in the clearance section of a local furniture warehouse not long ago that I LOVED… even though we’re not in the market for a dining table I should have bought it to use outdoors for something JUST LIKE THIS!!


Rustic Outdoor Dining
{From the book Serving Kansas City: Tablescapes and Celebrations (2007), dk publications}

I created this outdoor dining~scape for a show that Cactus Creek did back in 2007. My favorite part of this table was the straw bales used for seating. I had these cushions made to fit perfectly on the straw, then used big leather chairs on each end of the table to balance the bold look. For place settings I used small pumpkins as place card holders. I could eat every meal at this table {but I get to sit in the leather chairs!!}.


What are you doing for 4th of July?? A BIG picnic or a small gathering?? What is your favorite thing to make your Outdoor Dining look pretty??

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