How To Set Up A Dessert and Coffee Table Outdoors

by Tonya Staab

Entertaining outdoors for Father’s Day is simple with these easy-to-follow tips for setting up an elegant dessert and coffee table in the 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.

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.

ice cream cake on a cake stand in the center of a table

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 own individual style, and gives you the opportunity bring items out of storage.

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.

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.

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.

an ice cream cake on a cake stand with a slice of cake being removed

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.

Moss Block: from Michaels craft stores.

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

Carafe and Refrigerator Jug: from Crate & Barrel are perfect for iced water and iced coffee on a hot summer day.

An outdoor table setting with a cake on a stand, glasses, and a carafe

Plates: 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

an icecream 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

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.

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.

a slice of ice cream cake on a red and white plate with the cake stand in the background

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2 comments

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.)

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

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

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