Decorating a Table for Camp

Decorating a Table for Camp
Camping is an outdoor activity that is enjoyed by many. For those who camp in an RV park or with a group of family or friends---some like to make sure that the table area at the campsite is presentable and decorative. Some prefer to decorate their tables as a way to display their creative abilities or to celebrate holidays or campground events. Decorating a table for a camp ranges from simple to semi-elaborate design themes.

Cabin Decor

One way to decorate a table for camp is to use cabin decor. Cabin decor is also referred to as lodge decor, rustic or log cabin decor. Cabin decor may often incorporate a touch of southwestern flair to its style. Using natural wood, hand painted signs, ceramic animals, quilts and antique fishing lures welcomes cabin decor to a camp table. Starting off with a picnic table or long buffet table, a table cover can be laid down to act as the base. The table cloth can range from a southwest style rug or a homemade quilt---both popular designs with cabin decorating. Faux cowhide can also be used. The centerpiece can involve something as simple as a candle with a set of pine greens around it---accented with ribbon and deer antlers or antique fishing lures. White Christmas string lights can accent the sides of the table or serve as a table runner down the middle. Table settings with place mats and large gone fishing coffee mugs are also welcoming. Pine cones scattered about the table contribute to the cabin feel.


Black Bears

Black bears are very popular for outdoor themed decor. Camping and black bears often times go hand in hand---as they love to visit campers in certain parts of the United States. Decorating a camp table with black bears can be welcoming to guests. A traditional gingham or large checked table cloth can act as the base. From there, a large ceramic black bear can be placed in the middle. Another alternative would be to add an antique fishing basket or tin fishing bucket to the middle. Sprigs of faux pine branches and pine cones can be placed inside. Along the outside small black bear figurines and fishing signs and lures can serve as accent pieces. Place settings can include tin cups and bear inspired napkin rings or plates. Pine cones and citronella votive candles can be scattered about.

Fourth of July and Memorial Day

Fourth of July and Memorial Day are welcoming times to decorate a table for camp. Start off with a red white and blue table covering. A centerpiece can be created using red or white impatiens or other potted flowers in a red or white tin bucket. The bucket can then be accented using small American flags and other Fourth of July or Memorial Day star studded citronella torches shaped like firecrackers. Flag place mats, and red white and blue napkins and tableware add holiday accents. Pleated American flag fans can be draped around the table for patriotic flair.

Reused Supplies

One way to decorate a table for camp is to display camp kitchen supplies. A table cloth can be used as the base. From there the largest supplies such as a Dutch oven or crock holding all of the cooking utensils can be placed in the middle. Glasses or other unused containers can be temporarily filled with fresh picked wildflowers to add old fashioned style to this functional table.

Natural Look

Natural style is all the rage in decorating. One way to incorporate a green or natural table setting at camp is to use items that can be recycled or sent back out into nature. No table cloth is used for this look. For the centerpiece, a basket or old cardboard food container can be used as the centerpiece. Inside plants from nearby areas can be placed inside. Berries and branches can also be used as decorative accent pieces. Smoothed stones that are cleaned can be used to hold down paper plates or other flyaway items.


Article Written By Julie Boehlke

Julie Boehlke is a seasoned copywriter and content creator based in the Great Lakes state. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. Boehlke has more than 10 years of professional writing experience on topics such as health and wellness, green living, gardening, genealogy, finances, relationships, world travel, golf, outdoors and interior decorating. She has also worked in geriatrics and hospice care.

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