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Usually, I am all for going over the top when it comes to decorating the table for a dinner party: flowers and candles, folded napkins, and perfectly placed silverware. Maybe even name cards. Oh! the fun one can have when inviting guests. The Say Goodbye to Summer dinner party calls for a different feel, a calm and relaxing evening under the stars where nature and food are the decorators.

The setting for this party is under a large 100-year-old maple tree in the backyard, which creates a great canopy over the table. Choose a spot in your yard or porch that you are proud to show your friends: a quiet place that calls for wonderful conversation.

Expert tip: The best way to give a carefree dinner party is to use what you have on hand. Just mix and match!

The table I used is made for indoor use. There’s something about having indoor furniture outside that adds appeal and relaxation.

Large brown wood table set up outside with white tables and glasses set for guests.

We picked a spot under the tree that had a limb hanging low enough to hang a candelabra over the table. Yes, this may sound like a lot of work. But, it is really a few extra minutes out of the day that will help make a beautiful evening. I am always excited to have an excuse to use a candelabra; we buy them and then never know when to use them. Indoors, you have to worry about wax dripping down. But outside, just let the candles burn and enjoy!

Bring out any chairs you have and are willing to use outdoors. Your dining room ones or outdoor patio chairs will work. Comfort is key.

Two side by side images of a large wooden dinner table sitting in grass with a chandelier strung from a tree branch above.

This should be all the setup you need to do—your landscape will do the rest. The setting sun and moonlit sky will be the perfect backdrop for a dreamy evening.

To keep things simple, we have chosen not to decorate the table for the party yet. Make sure to see how we take the food and make a wonderful display of it, creating the perfect tablescape. We also help you set the perfect atmosphere with music and personal touches.

Happy prepping!

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I’m Kaleb! I'm not a chef, professional baker, landscaper, or designer, but I like to play each on Knollgate Farm. Come join me on my journey and let's learn together!

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