Gracious Outdoor Dining

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Gracious Outdoor Dining

How is your Thanksgiving feast looking for this year? Join me as show how I laid out our Gracious Outdoor Dining under the stars.


This year has been a tricky little year for gathering or entertaining of any kind, believe me as a retired event planner I completely understand and feel your pain. This is why I took a different approach to Thanksgiving with my Gracious Outdoor Dining table this year. Yes I still have a traditional indoor table as well for my immediate family, but if you want to invite others over to your home for the holidays but still want to feel the fresh air on your face, might I recommend dining al fresco, if the climate allows.Gracious Gathering JENRON DESIGNSWe are very lucky here in Georgia to have temperate weather in the evening and afternoons this time of year which makes al fresco dining and gatherings very easy to host for you family or close friends. The open air also tends to make people feel more comfortable in a social environment as well. Plus it is easier to social distance in the wide open spaces.Gracious Outdoor Gathering Table setting JENRON DESIGNSI have personally always been a big fan of outdoor dining whenever I get the chance and really prefer the cooler fall months when it is less buggy here in the south. We also love to build a fire in our outdoor fireplace as well which creates the feeling of a room in the open air as well.Outdoor Gathering Table setting JENRON DESIGNSFor my table I decided just to reuse our Halloween pumpkins from the porch which were still in amazing shape, even after a month. I would love to say I tried those very popular bleach soaks, but I did not, since we always put them out for the critters at the end of the season. I felt that it was probably not a great idea to soak them in bleach and poison our local wildlife, but that’s just me I guess. I do however wash them with a 1 part vinegar and 10 parts water soak which is safe for the wildlife, just as a FYI.Gracious Outdoor Gathering Centerpiece JENRON DESIGNSI wanted to add some sparkle as dusk set in, so I added in some white twinkle lights tucked into my leaf garland and mums. Just to add a little ambient lighting, along with our overhead candles and fireplace.Gracious Outdoor Gathering Table Runner JENRON DESIGNSThe place settings are our tradition Gobbler plates set a top a pale blue plaid plate, which I thought pulled the blue nicely from the turkeys and added a unexpected touch to the layers of plaids we have going on.Gracious Outdoor Gathering Place setting JENRON DESIGNSI used a two throw blankets in a picnic plaid to make a tablecloth and then added in a set of orange buffalo check pillows to cushion up the metal chairs a bit, since they can be a bit hard. I just kept everything very simple since it was outside, mason jar glasses, metal chairs, nothing too fancy or overstated. Outdoor Thanksgiving Table JENRON DESIGNSI have really been enjoying the look of the rustic Montana ranch show Yellowstone this fall, which has seemed to trickle into a lot of my designs this season. You just never know where you might find your inspiration, and what eye catching scenery may inspire a tablescape, place setting or even just a sweet little vignette in your home. Y’all stay safe and happy holidays! Gracious Outdoor Gathering JENRON DESIGNS

Also be sure to check out my yummy Instant Pot Corn Chowder below which was a perfect addition to this meal under the brisk evening air, and it pairs nicely with either a red or white wine, some quaint little turkey cranberry tartlets, along with a fresh pear and goat cheese side salad. Remember it does not always have to be a heavy traditional feast, sometimes lite is nice too.
Creamy Corn Chowder JENRON DESIGNS
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Creamy Instant Pot Corn Chowder

Course Dinner, Lunch, Soup
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword Chowder, Corn, Southwestern, TexMex, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 840kcal
Author Jennifer


  • Instant Pot 3 Qt. Mini ( can be doubled for a larger 6 Qt. Pot)
  • Potato Masher


  • 2 13.4oz Corn Drained
  • 1 lb Yukon Gold Potatoes Peeled, Diced
  • 2 medium Poblano Peppers Seeded, Minced
  • 2 cloves Garlic Peeled, Minced
  • 2 1/2 cups Vegetable Stock
  • 2 Scallions Thinly sliced, reserve greens for garnish
  • 2 tbsp Half & Half
  • 2 tbsp Flour
  • 2 tbsp Old Bay Seasoning
  • 4 tbsp Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Monterey Jack Cheese garnish
  • 4 tbsp Sour Cream garnish
  • 1 cup Queso Fresco Crumbles garnish


  • Saute chopped scallion, and minced garlic in 4 tbsp for 3-5 minutes. minutes.
  • Then add in your diced poblano pepper, potatoes and spices.
  • Next fill your Instant Pot with stock, make sure to stay below your max fill line.
  • Cover, and seal the lid, cook on Manual/High pressure for 25 minutes. Once the Instant Pot cooking time is complete, you can carefully quick vent the steam.
  • Remove the lid, and start the mashing process directly in the pot with a potato masher directly in the pot. Be careful not to over mash, you still want to have some chunks of potato and peppers left for texture in your soup.
  • Once you mixture has thicken, and somewhat smooth you can then stir in your corn, half and half, shredded monterey jack cheese and cream cheese, until smooth.
  • Garnish with a few green scallions, a dollop of sour cream, and queso fresco.


I hope you all have  a safe and happy holiday season. If you loved this post check out some of our other great Fall Idea posts:

Amaizing Grace Thanksgiving Tablescape

Transitioning Your Home for Fall Home Tour

Setting A Traditional Tablescape

Hosting A Friendsgiving Recipe Swap

The Tale of Table Decorated 3 Ways for Fall

Fall Home Tour, Falling In Love with Rose Gold

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  1. Wow, such a great post with so many ideas! The pictures are absolutely stunning! You are a very talented designer. I really love the plaid. I would have never thought to use some throw blankets! Great idea! The colors go together so nicely! I can’t wait to see your other design ideas!

  2. In autumn, when the days still allow eating out, it’s really beautiful but even more so if you can boast a table like yours! Wow it took my breath away! Si beautiful! Good work!

  3. I love the way the decorations are so abundant and inviting, such a welcoming feel to the whole look. So great that you have good evenings to enjoy it!

  4. Nishtha

    Stunning decor! Your Gracious Outdoor Dining table is amazing, great ideas!

  5. Digitaldaybook

    The aesthetic of this though!!! So gorgeous! Outdoor thanksgiving is such a cute idea if the weather permits

  6. I really like the idea of outdoor dining. I think your design is absolutely lovely. Job well done.

  7. Shar

    Outdoor dining in such a lovely surrounding is wonderful! Ideal for such a special occasion. The orange shades are marvellous.

  8. Karletta Marie

    Wow. I love this. You a true artist. I would love to be a guest at your table.

  9. This looks so cosy and chic, I would love to have an outdoor area to host

  10. Monica Simpson

    I would love to have weather on Thanksgiving that allowed us to be comfortable outside. Your table looks gorgeous!

  11. 5 stars
    I love the classic look of this. This is something I would love to re-create!

  12. Jasmine Martin

    This outdoor dining decor is absolutely beautiful. I am such a fan of this especially for the Fall and holiday season. This is amazing!

  13. 5 stars
    I’m looking forward to hosting this year. Your decor ideas are great.

  14. Tisha

    Absolutely adore this outdoor set up! SO cute and festive

  15. Love this beautiful autumnal post! You have such a gorgeous space so well decorated and serving the chowder would make it perfect!

  16. Abby Nims

    Thank you very much for sharing, I learned a lot from your article. Very cool. Thanks.

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