I grew up in a small town along the rural Northern coast of Maine, where I spent summers eating my meals outside at a simple pine picnic table. When it was time for dessert and it was a special night, my parents took us to the local Dairy Queen, where you guessed it we hung out at a wooden picnic table. It seemed everywhere we went in the summer provided seating at wooden picnic tables. We'd often see neighbors or classmates and strike up a conversation. So It's no surprise that when we wanted a place to hang out in the backyard, my husband and I added our own wooden pine picnic table to our outdoor decor.
I love the fact that it's not a fussy table set with cushions that have to taken in quickly every night. We did treat ours with linseed oil before winter. Now it just sits outside when it snows. It is truly casual outdoor dining without a care in the world.
Great article and I also got to enjoy those tables growing up and still do. There is something unifying about dinner around a picnic table that brings family and friends together when the dining room table does not. (at least not as much today.)