Making Outdoor Dining Magnificent

By TriMark R.W. Smith

Summer is just around the corner, and the hunt for the perfect outdoor dining experience is on. Whether you operate an inviting sidewalk patio or a scenic rooftop lounge, tailoring your establishment to seasonal customers is essential. Dive into summer and turn your open-air space into the coolest dining spot!


When it comes to dining alfresco, break-resistant dishes and shatterproof drinkware are a must.
With these fresh ideas, you won’t have to sacrifice style for durability.

  • Choose dinnerware in vibrant colors or sleek blacks and whites—whichever best complements the outdoor theme or event.
  • Mix and match melamine dishes within the same color scheme for an intentional and casual look.
  • Pair white melamine serveware with a flair of color for simple and affordable updates.
  • Create an organic feel with eco-friendly dinnerware and flatware crafted of bamboo or bamboo-melamine mixed resin.
  • Add a little sophistication by using plastic glassware and beverage servers with hammered or textured patterns.
  • Select BPA-free disposable stemware and barware with smooth lines and modern silhouettes.
  • Achieve a retro look with stackable anodized tumblers, which keep beverages cold and double as easy storage.

Table Linens & Decor

Outdoor dining is stylish and easy with the right touches. Add comfort and character to your seating area with complimentary accessories.

    • Accentuate your space with fade and mildew resistant seat cushions and table-length runners.
    • Enhance a garden atmosphere with galvanized tubs, caddies, and tiered stands.
    • Recreate an indoor feel with canvas cotton table cloths and rattan placemats.
    • Choose easy care alternatives such as vinyl table covers and laminate placemats for child-friendly settings.
    • Create interest by mixing stripes, solids and patterns within the same color scheme.
    • Bring subtle splashes of color with votive candleholders in summer hues.



Create a relaxed outdoor setting with the right furnishings. Opt for long-lasting pieces that can withstand any weather, rain or shine.

  • Maximize smaller spaces with stackable chairs, which make increasing and decreasing available seating a snap.
  • Play off the natural elements of the outdoors with sustainable pieces cut from earthy eucalyptus and mixed tropical hardwoods.
  • Elevate a romantic ambiance with all-weather wicker chairs and tables, which are made to last with mold and mildew resistant finishes.
  • Choose folding chairs and collapsible tables when creating outdoor settings on the go, such as for catered weddings or pop-up food truck cafes.
  • Transform open areas into shady havens with free-standing and table umbrellas.
  • Choose umbrellas with vibrant canopies – these smart options will add seasonal color and flair.
  • Provide outdoor heaters for when warm days turn into cool nights.

Local Eats

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