Outdoor Party Table-Setting Tips
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Set a beautiful table, whether you’re just having a few friends over for a barbecue—or inviting the entire neighborhood.
1. Double up on tablecloths

Buy two of the same tablecloth if your patio table is too large for one to cover. Simply fold each in half and drape over the ends of the table for a beautiful start to your tabletop.

2. Anchor your tablecloth

Keep your tablecloth weighted down on windy days by wrapping raffia a few times around pretty stones or heavy seashells, then attaching them to the tablecloth with a thread and needle so they’ll dangle from the corners and edges and keep your tablecloth in place.

3. Get your designs together

Coordinate your tablecloth, place settings and table decorations to give your outdoor party table an intentionally put-together look.

4. Use unique table toppers

Carve holes into apples, pears or other firm produce to make unique garden-theme candleholders. Produce can make attractive serving pieces as well—serve fruit salads in melon halves, and sherbet or seafood in lemon halves for a natural, edible look.