How to Host the Perfect Al Fresco Dinner Party
Spending time with friends is back – and the change has come at just the right time. After all, loosened restrictions and warmer temperatures can only mean one thing: al fresco dinner parties.
One thing that doesn’t change over time, however, is the stress that trying to organise an al fresco party can bring. You might worry about anything and everything – from the food and drinks to the weather and how to refresh your garden’s aesthetic for summer eating.
So, let’s help you out with our favourite open-air dinner party ideas.
1. Get Your Preparations Right
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You’ll want to be relaxed about entertaining al fresco, rather than anxious – so give yourself ample time to plan. Have the area where you intend to dine thoroughly cleaned a few days ahead, as well as any blankets and cushions you might have outside. And source accessories that fit the party’s intended vibe – whether offbeat or formal.
2. Don’t Use Indoor Items Outside
It might seem obvious advice to use indoor furniture, cutlery and accessories in indoor spaces, and reserve specialist outdoor pieces for your al fresco party. However, we aren’t only referring to whether your chosen items will be able to stand up to the elements. That’s because the stark and glistening look of many of your go-to plates and glasses are also likely to look jarring against rustic surroundings. So, reach for pieces conceived and designed with external use squarely in mind.
3. Work in Harmony with Nature
After all the time we’ve spent cooped up in stifling indoor air over the past year or so, an al fresco party should be about revelling in that cool breeze. It should also be about feeling closer to nature in general. To that end, you might decorate your outdoor dining table with random greenery from your garden or durable pieces of wood. You may even choose cutlery that draws from and is designed to give way to nature over time. Nor will you want deteriorating light conditions to force an early end to your outdoor dining before the evening’s celebrations are truly over.
4. Enjoy a Bracing Picnic
Not everything about eating in the open air has to be about striving for immaculate refinement. Indeed, feeling the wind in our hair while tucking into a lunchbox treat might be the very definition of al fresco dining for some of us. Regardless, our range includes all of the essentials for packing your picnic baskets and hampers.
5. Consider Neutral Hues
While ‘busier’ or more patterned décor and accessories can work well for the most informal occasions or lunches, a lot of the time, it’s best to avoid an aesthetic that competes with the splendour of natural surroundings. Instead, focus on the less dramatic tones that will provide a neutral foundation to flatter your al fresco party in those Instagram snaps.
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