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10 Tips for Easy Al Fresco Dining

A simple thing such as eating al fresco a couple of times a week during the spring and summer time can really improve your mood. Dining al fresco means you’re getting fresh air and appreciating the little things in life and taking the time to truly appreciate the flavours in your meal.

  • 1. Set the scene and make sure the location of your al fresco dining area is away from direct sunlight, insects, wind and other elements. Invest in a reliable parasol and a sturdy dining set.
  • 2. Try to make sure your al fresco dining area is out in the open, preferably not facing a blank wall, so you can take in the scenery.
  • 3. If you can’t avoid putting the table near a concrete wall then you can decorate it with plants, outdoor mirrors, ornaments and even some beautiful outdoor lights. Dining al fresco should be almost effortless – that’s why it’s best to have the table near to the kitchen for ease of access.
  • 4. Use durable rattan style furniture as it’s completely weather-proof, and can easily be stored away when not in use.
  • 5. If there’s just the two of you, a bistro style dining set could set the scene for a romantic meal in the garden.
  • 6. Minimal decor is usually best for al fresco dining, as there will be more room for food, drink and socialising. All you really need to make it special is a tablecloth, some fresh flowers and one or two lanterns.
  • 7. A fire pit is ideal to keep away the cold once the sun goes down – it is Britain after all.
  • 8. It’s usually better to serve cold food, unless you are having a BBQ, of course! Italian, Greek or Spanish food is healthy, easy to prepare and makes a great impression on your guests.
  • 9. Platters and sharer dishes are perfect for al fresco dining as they encourage everyone to share, chat and try new things.
  • 10. Serve summery drinks such as chilled white wine, cold beer, ice tea – anything cool will go down a treat.
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