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.
If you are looking to invest in a comfortable new outdoor dining set, the Coral Bay 8 Seater Cube Set has everything you need. Boasting neutral colours and a sturdy glass-topped table, this set comes with two armchairs, a two-seater sofa, a bench, and two footstools, all topped with comfortable cushions.
Plus, everything fits together to form a neat cube when not in use, making it a fantastic space-saving option too.
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.
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.
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.
The Oro Blue Circle Geometric Indoor Outdoor Rug is a particularly lovely option as it will add a pop of colour, has been created to be super durable, and can be simply cleaned using a hose when required.