I bought my outdoors furniture several years ago and at that time most of sets were in dark timber. I didn't really reflect on that then, but it begins to bug me, it is just too dark! The set is still in a very good shape though and I cannot justify (yet) to buy a new one. My solution? Buying a colourful and fun dinnerware! It will brighten our summer dinners without breaking the bank.
I made a quick collage of how it could look:
There are plenty of options for brightening up your table, here are some lovely ones:
Pottery Barn has beautiful options in melamine for pool parties and picnics:
Keep your beverage cool in a fun thermos:
Glassware with texture: