Who doesn't love being able to eat and drink outside during the summer months? We know the lovely British weather isn't always blue skies and blazing sun, but that doesn't have to stop your al fresco experience. Whether you're wanting to relax outside in the day, or host parties in the evening, we have come up with the best ideas and solutions for outdoor dining.
It sounds obvious but investing in a good garden furniture set will make outdoor dining 100 times easier and a lot more comfortable. They come in a range of sizes so even if your outdoor space is limited, there will be a set for you.
We love this Hartman Titan set. Made from aluminium which is right on trend this year, this set can be used for casual lunches and late night dinner parties. If you are wanting a more casual style, the set is also available in a lounge version.
For a more relaxed dining experience, we suggest the Garden Trading Chilson table and bench set. This is ideal for quick summer lunches or evening feasts. We also love the cushion sets that can be added to this for extra comfort. Adding a bench set will add a modern touch to your garden space as well as making a statement. An added bonus, this set is also for indoor use so can be used all year round.
For smaller spaces or parties try a bistro set. These are easy to move so you can place them wherever you want for whatever occasion. This Garden Trading Rive Droite bistro set is perfect for a relaxed outdoor meal, or even just to make the most of the sun while it lasts.
Now that you have your dining set, you can add the next important part; tableware. Adding an outdoor tableware set will make your table look extra stylish and add a really nice finishing touch. The new Lulworth range from Kitchencraft is ideal. The blue swirl pattern is really eye-catching and shouts summer. What's more; this range is also suitable for picnics and includes picnic bags so you can enjoy your outdoor dining experience wherever you like.
Adding extra table accessories can really complete the look. A carafe or jug is both practical and decorative. When entertaining you can fill them with Pimms or water so guests can help themselves. We love this Bistro Carafe from Garden Trading and this Creative Tops jug.
Serving directly on the table is a great idea when hosting dinner parties as you and your guests can spend more time relaxing around the table while eating as much as you want. Using a serving board is an easy and stylish way to serve your food. This serving board from Kitchencraft is ideal for serving slices of bread, pizza slices or even a selecti0n of cheeses.
With the above, you are ready to dine outside whatever the occasion. There are just a few extra tips we have to make your summer dining even more comfortable.
Adding candles or lanterns to the table or surrounding area will create a lovely atmosphere when the sun goes down and will allow you to keep dining and entertaining throughout the night. We also suggest investing in some blankets to help keep off the evening chill.