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Birthday Dining Al Fresco: DIY Tablescape Inspirations

When it comes to birthdays, presents are nice. But if you are hosting a birthday event, then presentation is everything. 

Set the scene for your birthday bash with these bright, colorful and creative ideas. Whether you're hosting a sit-down lunch or dinner party, or just having a few friends over for drinks and appetizers, you can make serving your favorite drinks and snacks that much more appealing thanks to these inspirational ideas. 


Mix-and-Match Patterns

Coordinating complementary patterns is totally in style, and not just for fashion. Layering a table runner on top of a tablecloth gives you room to pair fun colors and patterns together in a stand-out way. Think about cloth napkins, placements and chargers as more ways to incorporate vibrant pops of color and patterns as well. Our contributor Paula Biggs used a yellow chevron tablecloth as the base of her tablescape, and layered a blue no-sew geometric table runner on top. With the addition of some DIY polka dot chargers, it creates a vibrant overall tablescape.


Individual Gift Place Settings

Gifts are always symbolic of birthdays, so including them as part of your decor and overall aesthetic is a fun twist. If you are setting for a sit-down meal, individual gift boxes at each place setting adds a fun element. Even better if you include boxes that actually include party gifts; it could be something as simple as fresh-baked cookies or bag of candy. 


Flaunt Fresh Flowers

Fresh flowers can transform any plain table into a stunning tablescape. Centerpieces don't need to be complicated to make a big impression; take some different-sized vases, and fill them with brightly-colored flowers for a vibrant birthday tablescape, like our expert Carly Cylinder did in this backyard party

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Jennifer Geddes
Celebrations Writer

Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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