Your outdoor living space is a perfect venue to spend the transitional time between summer and fall. As you begin to feel fall's first chills in the air at sunrise and sunset each day, take advantage of dining alfresco. Having your meals outside in the open air is the perfect pastime for this brisk weather. From morning coffee to cocktail hour, put your outdoor space to use this season!
You'll want your outdoor space to be livable and well equipped with all of the amenities you may need for dining (an outdoor kitchen doesn't hurt, but is by no means necessary!). Start with a table large enough to seat all of your regulars. If there are two of you 80% of the time, no need for a long rectangular dining table! A small square or round one will do just fine. Keep the elongated shapes (rectangles and ovals) for larger live-in families. Alternatively if your household headcount varies daily many outdoor dining tables are now available with a leaf to extend the size of your outdoor table.
For the tablescape: you don't have to get too fancy. Natural materials work great here (remember - you are in nature!). Think straw, raffia, or seagrass for your place settings accompanied by linen or cotton napkins. A grouping of your small potted plants or succulents will work wonders as a centerpiece. Set the tone with details that feel comfortable and inviting to get the most out of your outdoor space this fall.