Getting Elegant, Al Fresco!
It's prime al fresco season, and there's nothing lovelier than sipping a coffee, indulging in a summer cocktail or enjoying a meal in the great outdoors.
Creating an elegant space to eat in the privacy of your backyard is the ultimate in summer luxury. So, read on for a few simple secrets to making all your outside dining experiences five-star!
Location, Location, Location!
In real estate, we know how important location is--and we don't just mean your address. Location also extends to layout, flow, and furniture placement within your home. When it comes to dining outside, choosing a location for your table is one of the most important decisions you can make. Depending on the size and layout of your yard, you might have a few options. Many people with a patio or deck choose to put their dining set there, mostly because of kitchen proximity. But others opt for moving their table deeper into the garden, perhaps under a tent or in a gazebo so that they can enjoy a greener space filled with trees and flowers.
Buying the Right Dining Set...For You
Once you know where you will eat, the next step is to choose what you'll eat on. The first thing you need to consider when purchasing a dining set is how many people will typically use it. Many now come with extra chairs and table extensions for larger gatherings. But here's where you can have some fun. Elegant outdoor dining is inherently informal. A large table with colourful, mismatched vintage chairs (of the same scale) can be a fun and eclectic way to bring some cottage chic to your city home.
Ready, Set, Dazzle!
Setting your table is like putting on your jewelry--it's how you make your space sparkle. If possible, don't use the same dishes outside that you use in your home. Dishes made from durable materials are ideal as are more rustic plates, antique cutlery, and, when it's adults-only, smokey glassware. Together these accoutrements will help you build a beautiful table that will work well with the greenery of your garden.
After the company, great food and drink are the heart and soul of your al fresco dining experience. There are so many fabulous summer recipes online begging to be tried. For a little inspiration, start with The Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten's Best Summer Entertaining Recipes. Bon Appetit!