Easy Al Fresco Decadent Coffee and Dessert Bar

by Tonya Staab
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Entertaining outdoors for Father’s Day is simple with this simple but decadent al fresco coffee and dessert bar in your backyard.

Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Cold Stone Creamery.

Father’s Day is just around the corner and if you are looking to do something for the special man in your life, I’ve got just the thing.

Decadent coffee and dessert bar

Afternoon tea is the perfect time to celebrate dad. When the sun is shining and the kids are playing, set up a simple dessert and coffee table outdoors.

how to set up a decadent coffee and dessert bar for fathers day
Decadent coffee and dessert bar set up in the backyard for Father’s Day.

Setting a table doesn’t need to be expensive or elaborate. Bring pieces from around your home outdoors. An eclectic mix gives your table personality, enhances your individual style, and allows you to bring items out of storage.

If you don’t want to put the coffee and dessert down the center of the table set up an individual bar off to the side so that guests can get up and help themselves.

Outdoor tablescape tips for Father’s Day

  • Keep it masculine – think about what the man in your life loves along with his favorite colors and create a theme or color scheme around that.
  • Instead of flowers add plants to your tablescape.
  • Keep it simple and elegant.
  • Use neutral colors with a pop of color.

Do you want to re-create this table? Here are the details:

Note: I’ve provided as many details as I can but some pieces have been in my home for quite some time and I have no idea where they came from.

Decadent cake

“Tall, Dark & Delicious” cake from Cold Stone Creamery – is layers of moist Devil’s Food Cake, Sweet Cream Ice Cream with Brownies & Chocolate Ice Cream with OREO® Cookies wrapped in fluffy White Frosting and cascading Fudge Ganache.

decadent ice cream cake on a cake stand with a slice of cake being served

Tip: If you don’t like the look of cardboard cake bases on cake stands add a thin layer of icing or chocolate syrup over the top and top with sprinkles or candy.

Al fresco table decor

The moss block is from Michaels craft stores.

an icecream cake on a cake stand on top of a moss block

Cactus and pot: The cactus was from Walmart garden center and the pot from Home Depot.

a small cactus in a pot on an outdoor table

Other items: Brown table runner, white cloth napkins, small silver spoons, red placemat, and a wood block (available at craft stores) to place the carafe on.

Coffee bar ideas

The carafe and refrigerator jug from Crate & Barrel are perfect for iced water and iced coffee on a hot summer day.

decadent coffee and dessert bar and al fresco dining tips for fathers day


The plates are the Villeroy and Boch “Lina Cherry” collection.

red and white plates with a blue rim

Cake Forks: These were passed down to me from my mother, and are from an Australian company called Splayd Utensils.

Cake Server: World Market

a decadent ice cream cake on a cake stand on top of a moss block

Glass Mugs: Libbey Robusta Clear Glass Mug – these are perfect for iced coffee.

a small cactus, glassware and plates on an outdoor table

Note: I didn’t purchase anything new for this table, every item was already in my home. I mixed and matched pieces to show you how easy it is to bring items you already have together to create the perfect table.

decadent coffee and dessert bar ideas for al fresco dining for summer and fathers day
Decadent coffee and dessert bar ideas for al fresco dining during summer.

More al fresco dining ideas

Are you looking for more fun al fresco dining ideas? Take a look at these because they would be perfect for summer entertaining and Father’s Day too.

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Leighann June 14, 2015 - 5:00 am

I love the color of that cake stand – it reminds me of the color of my bedroom! Ha! Great idea to celebrate dad over an afternoon tea. And an ice cream cake? Perfect for the summer holiday! Thanks for the tips. (Found you yesterday via someone, not even sure who! Excited to look around.)

kim @ the celebration shoppe June 18, 2015 - 5:31 am

Love ice cream cake, especially ones covered in fudge ganache! 😉


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