How to Create a Lakeside-Inspired Outdoor Dining Space

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Nothing says summer like weekends spent by the water, soaking up the sun dockside and meandering over al-fresco dinners. But you don't need waterside property to achieve the same feeling—you just need clever accents to bring the lake-inspired vibes to you.

Keep reading to see our picks for putting together an outdoor dining space that will mentally transport you to your favorite lake, and check out our full curated shop on Walmart.com for more breezy pieces to nail your summer bucket list.

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Adirondack chairs are a must for getting into the mountain mood, and since these ones are available in a variety of colors you can pick the shade that speaks to your style.

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Picnic tables are the functional classic that never goes out of style—and with a full, Instagram-worthy spread, they dress up nice, too.

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If the sign says you're at the lake, who are we to question it? Go all in on the water motif with a weathered wood sign, just as happy hanging indoors as it is porch-side.

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Food that's cooked outside just tastes better—especially when cooked on this unique and efficient grill, which doesn't compete with your decor.

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Don't limit yourself to typical barbecue food if you prefer to get a little more creative. With this cast iron dutch oven you can whip up chilis, roast chicken, or dutch-oven cinnamon buns on top of the grill or over a campfire.

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Serve up your culinary creations on stoneware plates with rustic detailing to add to the elevated camping concept.

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When in doubt, add wooden accents. This acacia wood cheeseboard adds a touch of high-brow warmth—and the built-in knife compartment means it's ideal for passing around on bumpy terrain.

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Quickest way to set a mood? Bring indoor accents outside, like fluffy pillows that make fireside seating feel like a living room in nature.

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Play up the peaceful ambience with strategically placed lanterns to give your whole space a glow—fireflies or not.