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Ok, it’;s no secret we love a beautiful place setting, and while we can’;t help but come up with new ideas all the time for how to dress your dining room table, why not take the fun outdoors? This time, we’;re using outdoor placemats, melamine dinner ware, shatterproof glassware, and more (of course mixed with some of our favorite indoor pieces) to come up with some outdoor place settings to inspire your next al fresco gathering!

Bunny Williams’; new outdoor placemats are such a fun addition to an outdoor table, plus you can just wipe them down at the end of the evening. No laundering required! We also used a waxy Camellia leaf (and white paint pen) to create an easy place card.

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We love the classicpersonalized anniversary gifts, preppy feel of this table setting which we created using a navy-and-white stripe tablecloth made from Sunbrella fabric, paired with paper napkins in a red plaid. Top it all off with a trio of preserved boxwoods down the center of the table, and you have a chic table setting that’;ll transport your guests to the East Coast!

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Bunny Williams’; gave her new melamine collection the look of a classic blue-and-white china pattern. It’;s so pretty, you’;ll hardly believe how durable it is! This gorgeous design needs little more than white hydrangeas and crocheted placemats to make a statement on your outdoor table.

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Apricot is one of our favorite new colors for summer. We used table linens in this fresh hue and paired them with copper flatware to spice up our classic Café Dinnerware.

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Does a single bright, yellow lemon not beautifully complement Bunny Williams’; blue-and-white checkerboard table cloth? We cut a very small slit in the lemon so we could turn it into a place card holder. Easy, inexpensive, and unexpected!

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A thick tape trim gives these place mats and napkinsa polished feel that works with almost anything! Here, we bumped up the energy with Free Spirit Roses and tortoise shell flatware.

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Accent plates are a great way tobring color to your dining table, while still using mostly neutral pieces. We used an accent plate with an artichoke design and gingham print. Then, we brought in other green accents, like napkins and potted rosemary containers!

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Now this is how you do neutral without being boring! The honey color of Bunny Williams’; Iris Melamine collection looks so beautiful against a teak table, and vibrant roses ‘;go’; without being too match-y.

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Do any two colors feel more like summer than lemon yellow and bright turquoise? With melamine dinnerware, outdoor fabric as a table cloth, and paper napkins, this table setting is sure to stand up to even the rowdiest crowd!

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A set of gold or copper flatware can make setting the table fun!Our Marrakesh Flatware has a beautiful hammered texture and comes in stainless steel, gold, and rose gold. Plus, it’;s dishwasher safe, so you get a super glamorous look without any extra dishwashing!

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No need to go kitsch this Fourth of July (unless of course that’;s your thing!) Here we used a bit of red baker’;s twine to jazz up a classic blue-and-white table setting for our favorite summer holiday.

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Bunny Williams’; Wildflower Table Cloth has a fresh color palette of citron and persimmon that inspired this table setting. We used monogrammed linens, complemented by Free Spirit Roses to create a bold color palette while still feeling polished.

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Blue and white is a combination that simply never gets old. Whether you’;re using patterned china, a simple bordered set of dinner plates, or just bringing in blue accessories, we love all the ways you can reimagine this gorgeous pairing.

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It’;s always nice to have a matching set of placemats and napkins, especially for formal occasions, but when we’;re looking to throw a fun, outdoor dinner party, we preferto mix things up. In the same shade of citron, our Belize Napkins and Pom Pom Placemats coordinate beautifully, but with more pattern and freshness!

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Yellows, greens, and oranges work together beautifully on this outdoor table. We used Bunny Williams’; Wildflower table cloth, classic linen napkins with a green border, and a bright yellow lemon as a place card holder!

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When setting a table outdoors, we love to use items that have a more playful feel than something you might use indoors. That’;s precisely why we’;re wild for our Mali Pom Pom Placemats. Crisp linen has that classic table feel, but with a pom pom trim, it’;s hard to ignore their festive feel!

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We’ve been a little sidetracked this week with all this warm weather we’ve been having…and have been outside sprucing things up.? When we moved to OK last year, we didn’t do much with the outside of the house but were instead inside building shelves, revising closet space, making tables, etc…so that the interior worked better for our family.? But now that a year has passed and spring has arrived, we’ve been itching to spend more time outdoors making the exterior of our house a little more “us”.? Our house was brand new when we moved in, so it doesn’t need much as far as paint and trim goes….but we’d really like to re-landscape and add things here and there to make it a little happier outside.? Because I love driving up to our home and thinking, “ahhhh…..I’m home!”

For our next project in our Summer Sewing series, we have this fun and adorable project from Kimbo at A Girl and a Glue Gun. She’s showing us how to make a fringe tank AND how to?DIY the pineapple painting on the front! Keep reading to get all the “juicy” details *wink*.

Snowy, snowy Portland! They weren’t really prepared for so much snow –?5-10 inches! – so things got a little messy and slushy, but that didn’t affect those of us at SewDown Portland! Being snowed-in is a great reason to stay inside and SEW!