First, I am sorry, not sure where this image is from. Martha Stewart? Anyway, it totally got me thinking. Instead of one long table ---- why not do it like this and go restaurant style, 2 rectangle tables, that can be seperate or pulled together, fun on a patio too.
What gets you thinking?
I saw this image over at Pure Style Home , and it totally got me thinking, even if you didn't have a pool, but had a portion of your yard that you wanted to add interest to. You could stack concrete (cinder) blocks, and then fill the top ones with plants, and you have some height and visual interest.