Green Dinner Party Tablescape

Set a green dinner party tablescape with Tropical-Boho vibes for outdoor entertaining. This green table setting and ideas are perfect for a stylish summer party or adult birthday celebration.

green and cream tablescape outdoors, with green plates and glasses and candle centerpiece.

Today I’m excited to share these green themed dinner party ideas with a table setting that incorporates a succulents centerpiece, tropical themed plates, and bohemian touches.

After designing the tablescape, carry the green theme to food and drinks. It’s so festive for a backyard garden party and summer themes.  

Green Theme Party

This outdoor summer table setting was inspired by my black & tan patio décor with greenery, which coordinated so well with these tropical plates I styled 4 ways. It all came together beautifully when I added in earthy boho-style elements like the woodgrain charger plates, the macramé runner, and succulents.

I always think of the color green as a neutral tone. It’s the color of nature so it’s a great accent for almost any other color.

In this case I started with a creamy off-white canvas and let green shine as a major pop of color. I think it turned out warm, cozy, and inviting, don’t you!

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Green Tablescape

full table setting outdoors with green leaf pattern plates, candles and green glasses.

Create your own green table setting and celebrate the summer in style. Start by layering the table setting elements in an organized process.

  1. Table covering or table runner.
  2. Create a centerpiece that’s the right size and shape for the table.
  3. Plate chargers to frame the place settings.
  4. Coordinating dinner plate with salad or dessert plate on top.
  5. Add a unique and decorative place card if desired.
  6. Colorful glassware to add interest.


outdoor tablescape with succulents as the centerpiece flanked by candle lanterns.

Some of the notable aspects of the green table decorations are the neutral cream colored tablecloth that creates a blank canvas on which to work. A macrame table runner adds texture without adding color.

Create a succulents “runner” by grouping various air plants together in the center of the table. The designs of each one are so unique and interesting!

Flank the greenery with a couple of candle lanterns to add a pretty glow as the sun goes down.

Place Settings

green leaf print plate on top of white plate on top of wood charger for dinner party place setting.

Layer plates to incorporate the look of wood, marble, and the tropics for each place setting.

I love that you can reuse these leaf print plates for a tropical theme party, a Hawaiian luau, or a Havana theme party.


Green glasses and napkins are balanced by wooden napkin rings. Gold flatware and lanterns add “jewelry” to the table.

dinner place setting with green leaf printed plate with name card with succulent air plant attached with mini clothes pin.

Use tiny air plants to help decorate place cards. A mini clothes pin can be used to attach the succulents to the name tag.

Outdoor Lighting

candle chandelier draped with greenery, with white lit candles.

Another eye-catching element to add outdoors is a candle chandelier draped with greenery. This draws the eye upward and adds loads of ambiance and mood. Just make sure the greens are placed safely away from lit candles.

full table setting outdoors with green leaf pattern plates, candles and green glasses.

The addition of tropical plants and cactus help create a cozy “room” feel as it defines the outdoor space.

Green Dinner Party Menu 

As with all my dinner party menus, I like to follow a theme when possible. Since green is the color of the soiree I’ve chosen some appropriate food items that fit right in.

photo collage with 4 images of a cocktail, edamame pods, salad, and green cupcakes.


For starters, create a delicious signature cocktail using Cucumber & Mint Lemonade. Simply mix it with a little gin or vodka and garnished with cucumber ribbons and mint sprigs. It’s so refreshing!

If you want to serve a green tinted drink, make these champagne and Midori drinks. They’re very festive!

EXPERT TIP: Pre-pour drinks into glasses that can be nestled into a large bowl of ice. Add some succulents to the bowl for a decorative touch. Guests can grab a cold drink as they arrive.


For an appetizer serve a dish in the middle of the table of steamed edamame in the shell sprinkled with sea salt. I got the idea from an Asian-fusion restaurant. It was such an interesting and interactive way to nosh on something light before dinner, similar to chips and salsa for a Mexican theme. Don’t forget to add a second dish or small bowl for the discarded shells.

Main Dish

For the main dish I like to serve something light and easy like grilled lemon & herb chicken from this al fresco dinner party menu.

The perfect side dish is a green or chopped salad. You can buy ready-to-use bags of greens at the grocery store and it looks like you’ve been chopping all day!

Another option is this creamy cucumber salad with bacon. It’s so fresh and tasty! Or try this Thai flavor broccoli pasta salad.


The perfect green themed dessert is this lime tartlets recipe. It’s a great make-ahead option that looks so pretty with the green décor.

overhead view of tropical place setting on green and cream color dinner table.

More Outdoor Tablescapes

If you like this green dinner party tablescape, check out these other themes that are set up outside.

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