Outdoor Friendsgiving Tablescape

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I am excited to be sharing my outdoor Friendsgiving tablescape with you today as party of the Friendsgiving Tablescape Tour put on by Bre from Room’s For Rent. If you are visiting for the first time, welcome! I will be linking to all the other talented bloggers at the end so be sure to check them out as well.

For this table I wanted to try something I haven’t done before and do an evening setting. I also wanted to pull the look together without purchasing a single item. I feel like it’s so tempting to want to go out and buy something new for a dinner party, but really we don’t need new stuff to make a pretty table. Usually I’ll pick up some flowers for a table, but even without them I was still able to create a beautiful table. I hope you enjoy this take on an outdoor Friendsgiving tablescape! And for another Fall table I recently put together, you can check out this simple indoor tablescape.

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The main reason I wanted to do an outdoor evening table was because I wanted to have our patio fireplace glowing in the background. I just love the coziness of an outdoor fireplace and being outside after the sun sets. You can see through the progression of photos how quickly the sun sets this time of the year and how pretty the sky gets.

So, about that fireplace. You might notice it’s not on. After everything was set up my husband went to turn the fireplace on and it wasn’t working. Ughhhh. Story of my life. Same thing happened a couple of years ago when I set up to take photos of our Christmas decor and half of the tree lights went out as soon as I switched them on. Oh well, imagine there’s a warm fire going in the background.

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Mood Lighting

You just cannot beat the beautiful glow of candlelight at a table. I have a collection of brass candleholders that I have picked up over the years from estate sales and thrift stores and I wanted to use some of those as the jumping off point for this table. The mixture of different styles and sizes keeps it interesting. Cafe lights strung up immediately make any area feel like a special destination. These were added one year for a party and I have never taken them down because I love them so much.

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outdoor Friendsgiving tablescape

Outdoor Furniture

No outdoor dining set? Not a problem. I don’t have one either. Just like I showed you in my summer dining post, I cleared my patio chairs off and used a folding table. For seating, three of our dining chairs were pulled outside along with our entry bench. To make sure the table legs were well hidden I had to use two smaller white tablecloths to drape all the way to the floor. My favorite hand blocked tablecloth not only covers the overlap of the two white tablecloths but adds some pattern. Beauty and function!

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By the time Thanksgiving comes, most of us will probably have caved at the grocery store and picked up some small pumpkins to decorate with around the house. I did early last week. Those pumpkins were all pulled together and mixed in and around the candles. I like how the lighter colors of these pumpkins blend in with the cream and white setting for a monochrome look. They add an organic element to the table in place of flowers.

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Little Details

I have never purchased napkin rings. It’s not that I don’t want them, I love them and have found plenty of beautiful ones out there, but they have just never been on my list of things to purchase. That’s ok, because you can do just fine without official napkin rings. To add a little contrast to my place settings I pulled out some brown velvet ribbon I had and used that to tie the napkins together. Simple and sweet.

And if you’re going to be outside it’s nice to add blanket or two incase guests get a little chilled. Throw them over a seat or two. Even if they don’t get used they’ll add a nice layer to the look.

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Shop the Look


Another Fall Look

For another Fall tablescape you can check out this simple Fall tablescape I put together earlier in the season.

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Check out the rest of the Friendsgiving Tablescape Tour!

Rooms for Rent | Craftberry Bush | Modern Glam | Pine and Prospect Home
Sincerely Marie Designs | Shabby fufu | Almafied | The Happy Housie
Nina Hendrick | Crazy Wonderful | Amber Tysl | My Sweet Savannah | Maison de Cinq

Thank you so much for stopping by to check out my take on an outdoor Friendsgiving tablescape. I hope you enjoy finding even more inspiration from the other ladies participating!


  1. cassie bustamante Avatar

    what an absolutely magical table setting! i love it, shelley!

    1. Shelley Avatar

      Thank you, Cassie! I need to work on my nighttime photography skills. It was such a booger to capture and the lighting turned out all wonky. Oh well, what’cha gonna do!

  2. Design Chic Avatar

    Your beautiful porch is the perfect spot for a Friendsgiving. I love the white pumpkins and the candlelight adds the perfect soft lighting for your guests! Happy Thursday, Shelley ~

    1. Shelley Avatar

      Thank you so much, Kristy! So happy to have some cooler weather come my way so we can get out there more often and enjoy it.

  3. Andrea Avatar

    This is so romantic…I love the mixture of vintage brass candlesticks, how pretty!!

    1. Shelley Avatar

      I don’t think you can ever have too many vintage brass candlesticks!

  4. Alma Avatar

    Shelley, it is so dreamy out here! and I am really loving the romantic and elegant vibes the candles bring to the table!

    1. Shelley Avatar

      Thanks, Alma! I just love candlelight outdoors.

  5. Ashley Stringfellow Avatar

    what a stunning place for a beautiful candlelit dinner! every detail is just magical. love your pretty centerpiece too! xoxo

    1. Shelley Avatar

      That is so kind of you, Ashley! Thank you!!

  6. Krista Avatar

    This is absolutely gorgeous! I dream of a home with a big covered outdoor space with a fireplace – what an amazing setting!!

    1. Shelley Avatar

      I was most excited about finally having a covered patio with this house. So much nicer enjoying the outdoors with some shade.

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