We love to eat outside on the deck in the summer. OK, I like to eat outside on the deck and I would do it every meal if I could.
I realized that it really is a pain to bring out all the dishes, glassware, flatware, food etc., every single time we ate outside then carry it all back in again. Plus, what do you do when you're sitting around a fire pit eating a roasted hotdog?
Then it dawned on me the perfect thing would be cafeteria trays, so I found these vintage melmac trays on ebay. You can wrap flatware in the napkin, place a tumbler in the slot and carry everything in one trip! Instead of my making a million trips in and out, each person can carry their own and it's stylish. Score!
I made a table runner from outdoor fabric with a slot for the umbrella to go through, then used burlap placemats. They are great for outside also.
Honestly, this really makes outdoor dining a breeze.
Our umbrella was in really bad shape with algae, etc., and I found this replacement cover for $29 on ebay. They come in different colors and are so easy to put on. So much better than getting a new one, don't you think?
I think I have it covered as far as outdoor eating space goes. Our house is so small that with three kids, we love the room to spread out when the weather is nice, and here in the NC mountains, it's like heaven on Earth:-)
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