Tips for Al Fresco Dining

As summer approaches, thoughts turn to BBQs, garden parties, and eating outside, all of which are lovely to host as the weather warms up. Here, we share our tips for al fresco dining to help you to prepare for those all-important garden gatherings.

Create a Comfortable Dining Space

The key to successful al fresco dining is that everyone feels comfortable during the meal. This could mean investing in new outdoor chairs or simply adding cushions and blankets to those that you already have. You should also ensure that there’s enough room for everyone to sit.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s a space at the table for all of your guests, you could opt for a more casual get together and prepare benches and other seating options too.

Rattan outdoor furniture with dining table
The Alora Outdoor Dining Set includes a glass-topped dining table, a pair of sofas and matching stools, make it as formal or informal as you like…

Use Great Lighting

If your al fresco dining is taking place in the evening, some well placed candles and outdoor lighting can help to create a wonderful ambience for you and your guests. This can be achieved using lanterns, fairy lights, a scattering of candles, or your own outdoor lighting should you have some installed.

Garden lanterens
Harmony LED Colour Changing Outdoor Lanterns

The Harmony LED Colour Changing Outdoor Lantern is a lovely option for homes and gardens of all styles thanks to its simple yet effective design and choice of three colours: agave, grey, and mustard.

This lantern would make a great centrepiece when dining outside and its LED offers seven different colours of light, so you can choose the one that best suits your gathering or simply change it up using the lantern’s handy remote control.

Add Something Different

Quirky outdoor décor options can be a great way to add some extra character and personality to your al fresco dining. From contemporary outdoor art to striking water features, there are plenty of options which are sure to get your guests talking. Plus, you’ll find that there’s something for you and your garden regardless of your tastes and budget.

Round marl grey outdoor rug
Braided Round Indoor Outdoor Rug
Made from recycled plastic, this rug is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use… from

An outdoor rug is a fantastic example, and many can be brought indoors to use in a conservatory when cold weather means that al fresco dining is no longer an option too. With a whole range of shapes, colours, and styles to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to buying an outdoor rug for your garden.

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