Hosting a winter party in a public venue like a park, vineyard or barn is a great option for those living in apartments or small spaces. This simple, rustic affair is the perfect way to ring in the holidays or just a new season.
With a few seasonal touches, such as vases made from squash, a rustic picnic table becomes a show-stopping setting for a fall dinner party — without interfering with the spectacular view from Gooseberry Knob at The Swag Country Inn near Waynesville, N.C.
With a picturesque backdrop, little is required to create a party setting. Many parks or outdoor venues provide picnic tables and long benches or chairs. To add glamorous touches to your picnic, cover the table with a colorful fabric like this suzani print and layer it with a solid white tablecloth. A Moroccan wedding blanket or cozy throw on each bench creates a warm, comfortable place for guests to dine.
Why settle for a blanket and a basket when setting up a table and chairs would make your picnic guests feel super special for just a little bit more effort? Find a scenic setting in a valley, a grove of trees, a pretty field, an orchard, or even a quiet corner in your own back yard. Use a lightweight or folding table and chairs to create the wow-factor without the heavy lifting.
A custom picnic table and built-in bench serve as a dining spot in this country home. Mission-style metal pendant lights illuminate the table’s rich wood surface. Dark-brown cement floors and undyed-linen curtains blend in with the home's natural setting. But this place isn’t as rustic as it appears -- the cabinet in the corner houses a high-end refrigerator.