"An outdoor dining area must look inviting from afar so that you're drawn to it as a destination".Outdoor dining can be a feast for all the senses. The taste of food, the tune of the wildlife, fragrance of flowers and warmth and charm of potted plants.
Of course as with anything, you need to find the right spot. A place that is convenient to the kitchen or tucked away in a secluded corner for peace and privacy. The key is to make the most of what you have. Start by working with what you have and then expand to adding potted plants, lighting, or a structure like gazebo. Do you need to protect your table from the elements or are you lucky enough to be able to sit out under the stars?
Are you looking to feed a crowd or just a quaint setting for 2 on occasion? There are some guidelines on how to set a table up. A 26" bistro table will seat two, a 48" table will seat 4 to 6. Tables stay put but chairs get pushed around so make sure there is plenty of space to accomodate that. A rule of thumb is width of table plus 3 feet on each side. This is enough room to get in and out of chairs comfortably. Plan carefully!
Strive for a sensory experience. Have lots of potted plants that you can move around to accomodate the table set-up. Plant them with fragrant fruit trees, and luscious smelling plants and flowers. Use palm's to block unsightly neighbors and to break up the noise of traffic. Planted pottery is portable and is very easy to move around and set up the look and feel that you want easily.
Make sure your furnishings all match and are comfortable. Try to follow a color theme by matching the potted plants with the cushions on chairs or the tablecloth you cover the dining table with. Use candles, fire-pits, hanging lanterns and music to set the stage and enjoy your hard work and labor. It's your home and you should be comfortable.