Celebrate Summer with Al Fresco Dining in Your Own Backyard
Today is National Eat Outside Day! Let’s take this time to remind ourselves that we live in beautiful California, so go outside and enjoy an amazing meal with your friends and family. Al fresco dining isn’t only for special occasions. Make it a habit to eat outdoors, breathe in the fresh air, and appreciate a hearty meal under the vastness of the day or nighttime sky. Here are 5 charming decorating tips for your next al fresco dinner party.
Outdoor String Lights
Al fresco dining calls for outdoor string lights and candles. A bright outdoor flood light can ruin the mood. Flickering candles and twinkling string lights can make an intimate outdoor dining experience.
Layered Table Linens
Cloth Napkins elevate the outdoor dining experience. Layer your fabrics, especially when dining outside. Table linens, like cloth napkins and placemats, table runners, and table cloths, create a more cozy environment when you’re dining outside.
Embrace the beauty of nature by keeping it simple with neutral tone table linens. Gray, white, beige, or taupe colored table lines won’t distract you from the natural beauty you experience when dining outdoors. Especially for outdoor dinner parties, neutral tones are more elegant and formal.
Decorate with Greenery
Use foliage to decorate your outdoor dining table. Think of it as blending your table decor with nature, rather than trying to outshine it. A small vase of cut flowers from your garden or a collection of greenery as your centerpiece is a charming touch to your decor.
Stay Warm with Throw Blankets
Don’t forget comfy throw blankets when dining al fresco. When the sun sets, the temperature might drop, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying your time outdoors. Be prepared and have a woven basket filled with throw blankets close by or drape throw blankets over the chairs so you and your guests can stay warm throughout the night.