Looking for outdoor entertaining ideas? Get ready for outdoor entertaining with a charming vintage side table transformed into a drink and outdoor beverage table.

I’ve wanted to put together the cutest little outdoor beverage table all summer. But we’ve just had way too much rain until now. The sun is shining, the rain is gone, and the humidity has broken.

So, I decided to go thrifting in our attic to see what I could share with you this week for Thrifting with the Gals.

Antique Side Beverage Table

There, I remembered this Charming Antique Side Table and Chairs for Two I found last fall. I thought decorating it outdoors as a beverage table station would be so fun.

Charming Antique Table and Chairs for Two in antique store.
Charming Antique Table and Chairs for Two

Beverage Tables Outdoor Decorating Ideas

Charming vintage beverage tables in a small backyard can elevate your outdoor entertaining experience. Here are some ideas to inspire you:

  • Repurposed Furniture: Use a vintage outdoor table as your beverage station. An old dining table or a repurposed garden cart can serve as a unique and stylish drink table.
  • Decorative Trays: Place vintage decorative trays on your beverage table to organize drinks, glasses, and accessories. This adds both function and style to your drink station.
  • Rustic Elements: Incorporate rustic wooden crates or barrels as additional drink tables or storage for beverages. These elements enhance the vintage charm and provide practical storage.
  • Vintage Glassware: Display an assortment of vintage glassware on your beverage table. Crystal decanters, antique mugs, and colorful vintage glasses add elegance and character to your setup. Learn more in this Antique Amethyst Glassware: A Hidden Gem post.
  • Outdoor Lighting: Hang string lights or place vintage lanterns around your beverage table to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere. This also makes your drink station usable during evening gatherings.
  • Floral Arrangements: For a touch of natural beauty, add small vases with fresh or dried flowers to your beverage table. Vintage ceramic or glass vases can enhance the overall aesthetic.
  • Chalkboard Sign: Use a vintage frame with a chalkboard insert to list the available drinks. This adds a personal touch and makes it easy for guests to see their options.
  • Themed Decorations: Incorporate themed decorations such as vintage beverage crates, antique bottles, or old-fashioned drink dispensers to enhance the nostalgic feel.
  • Functional Details: Ensure your beverage table is well-stocked with essentials like ice buckets, bottle openers, and napkins. Choose vintage-inspired pieces to keep the theme cohesive.

By combining these elements, you can create a delightful vintage beverage table that serves as both a functional and decorative focal point in your small backyard. You may also enjoy the Vintage Bars: 10 Designs to Copy Now post.

Vintage Bar Styling Inspiration to Copy Now
Vintage Bars: 10 Designs to Copy Now

Flavored Water Station

I started by making a jug of flavored water. Have you ever made flavored water? Cocktail tables are a perfect spot for flavored water stations.

I made this flavored water for my outdoor beverage table using what I had on hand: mint and cucumbers from our small backyard container garden and a handful of raspberries and blueberries. It’s so good!

Flavored water drink station on vintage table.

You are going to love this post about the 10 Best Herbs to Grow and Why by my friend Rachel over at The Ponds Farmhouse.

And be sure to check out this collection of favorite beverage recipes from my recent post It’s all about the Glass.

Colored glassware, candle and flower centerpiece on outdoor beverage table.

Vintage Beverage Table Dishware

My mother’s little glass bowl filled with ice and sterling silver spoon next to the flavored water dispenser is just the cutest. Clink, clink into the glass.

Vintage dishware on outdoor beverage table.

I also added a bowl of strawberries and a few thrifted blue and white bowls to accompany the flavored water for visiting guests. It was a perfect spot!

Bowl of strawberries, candle and vintage glassware on outdoor beverage table.

Flower Bouquet

Our neighbor has the most beautiful limelight hydrangea tree here in Maine. I snagged a few of the branches and decorated them in a thrifted tin vase.

And check out more of this table from last winter decorated as a cozy fireside table and for coffee and with my mother’s Russian china pattern.

Outdoor beverage table with hydrangeas centerpiece.

There’s just something about bringing an indoor table outdoors. Doesn’t it feel cozy, warming, and inviting as an outdoor beverage table? A wonderful functional addition.

You may also enjoy the post How to Create an Outdoor Dining Oasis.

Outdoor small vintage style dining table with flower bouquet.

Beverage Table Glassware

As the temperatures are cooling here in late August, I thought the colored glassware would be perfect. The amethyst and amber colors pair so well together.

The amber glasses were also my mother’s, and I recently thrifted the amethyst glasses. Because it’s all about the glass:)

drink tables with vintage accents hydrangeas centerpiece

Do you know what would also be really cute on a beverage table? This DIY simple ice bucket for entertaining.

Small vintage outdoor drink table for entertaining.

You may also enjoy this Outdoor Table for 2 with Mountain Views.

How We Get Ella to Pose for the Blog

Here, I moved the cutest outdoor beverage table next to the picket fence in our backyard. This is as close to gardens as we have here in Maine right now.

At some point, we will add more landscaping that is easy for us to maintain.

The birdhouses and benches beyond the picket fence were all made by my father over the years. You may enjoy seeing more in the post, Adored One-of-a-Kind Handmade Birdhouse Restored.

Backyard Small drink tables Ideas

If you liked this cute outdoor beverage table…

Head over and check out Penny at Penny Pennington Weeks, where she celebrates country living. Penny shares how to plan a winter picnic for two that will have you swooning over her small table and chairs, too!

Backyard Small Drink Table Ideas

You may also enjoy The Humble Joys of an Old Fashioned Picnic Basket post.

And How to Fashionably Bring Your Dining Room Outside This Summer post.

Backyard Small Beverage Table in vintage style for summer.

A Vintage Affair

If you have any thoughts, comments, or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you. Please share in the comments below. And be sure to share this blog post link with your friends who are also vintage enthusiasts.

Do you have a flair for all things vintage, too? I would love to see and feature you in our Reader’s Showcase Series. A place for you to share and be recognized for your talents and passion for all things thrifting, vintage, and antique decor-related inspired by your time here with Dabbling & Decorating. Email me at annck@dabblinganddecorating.com

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  1. Marlene Stephenson says:

    What fun place to get antiques, up in your mother’s attic. I loved that table and the strawberries looked delicious, Ella is a smart dog and so cute.

  2. Rebecca Payne says:

    I love your photo’s.

  3. Great “thrifting” today! Enjoy the outdoor life!

    1. Thank you so much, Diana. I’m so glad you enjoyed it!