This post is sponsored by Bella Vita
The heat has been upon us here in the South for quite some time now, but that hasn’t stopped us from enjoying the Summer sunshine and spending time outdoors. Hosting backyard BBQ’s and neighborhood potlucks will definitely continue into the Fall, and that’s when I started to re-think how the outdoor area was set up. See photos here of how it looked before.
We went from a large 7-piece Martha Stewart dining set, to a smaller 50-inch table. Before, the table and chairs took up the entire space, and it felt a little too tight for mixing and mingling.
I am so happy with the way my outdoor dining area looks now. Read more below about how we styled the table, and why I am in love with melamine dishware for outdoor entertaining!
Southern Source Side Note: Melamine is a hard plastic material made from organic industrial compounds and is 100% dishwasher safe!
Outdoor Entertaining with Bella Vita
I have teamed up with Bella Vita to share my new outdoor dining setup and tablescape. I searched all Summer for the best outdoor tableware that is lightweight, easy to clean, and practically indestructible.
These melamine plates and bowls are beautiful, y’all! They are made by Relish and remind me of an indoor dining line from Vietri. Relish has done an amazing job making this melamine outdoor set look handmade. I’m completely obsessed with it and will probably use it for indoor dining as well!
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Best Plates and Cups for Outdoor Use
Light, and easy to clean outdoor serving platters are a must for spring and summer outdoor entertaining in the South. This big white oval platter is perfect for serving burgers, chops, and/or appetizers on.
One of my favorite appetizers to make during the Summer are these Ina Garten inspired Tomato Tarts. This recipe is the perfect excuse to visit your local farmer’s market on Saturday and pick up some fresh heirloom tomatoes to make these delicious tomato tarts!
Outdoor Dining Tablescape
This table from Joss and Main seats up to 6 people, but since I was doing this project on a budget, I didn’t want the added cost of purchasing 6 new chairs. These brown wicker chairs were bought from a local store in Birmingham (Nadeau), for $75 when we first moved in. I actually didn’t have anywhere to put them at the time, so they just sat outside and have gotten a little weathered, but I ended up liking the way they looked when the bench was added on the opposite side!
How to Style Outdoor Dining Space
The off-white melamine dinnerware adds a nice contrast to the greyish/green dining table, with two layered runners. First, I used this flat table runner from Target and then added a macrame table runner from Anthropologie to create more dimension. All in all, I’m extremely happy with the outdoor area I’ve created to entertain family and friends.