Great ideas for outdoor rooms

Reinvent your yard with a new deck, patio, cottage, dining room, or curl-up space

21 ideas for outdoor dining rooms

Set the scene for great outdoor parties or just dinner for two

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Beach dining plan

Dinner on the deck: The plan

The plan shows how the kitchen courtyard, food counter, dining area, and seating work together to create a perfect party space.

Tips from these outdoor dining rooms:

Built-in countertops in or near the dining area are handy, but if you don't have them, portable carts or side tables will do the job well.

Situate your dinner table under a large tree, patio overhang, vine-covered arbor, pergola, or colorful market umbrella.

Use your garden to inspire tableware and decorating choices.

Ahead: More great ideas for dining outside


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