Alfresco means to dine outside and I believe the phrase originated from the Italians. Lucky for you guys, I spend 8 months of the British year dining outside and enjoying my garden and so I am full of ideas on how to plan the perfect get together. Read on for Alfresco dining ideas and styling
Firstly if you are thinking about trying Alfresco dining ideas and styling then sticking to simple recipes such as summer salads and fruits will save lots of preparation time and fit in much better with your Alfresco theme. I love to create Buddha bowls using salads, nuts and seeds and you can see some of my recent bowls if you follow me on Insta. A site that I visit frequently for quick and easy summer recipes is the BBC good food website. I love how they have an array of different meal plans on offer for their readers and incorporate affordable, healthy food into their reader’s everyday lives.
I typically use set ingredients as a base in my salads then gradually add new foods as I discover different ideas. My new recent salad must have is a cucumber and cranberry salad tossed in apple cider vinegar. Absolutely divine and so good for you!
Another attribute to Alfresco dining and styling ideas for outside is to think about the visual effect of your table. A napkin, some beautiful dining plates and fresh flowers will add an outdoor touch to any seating plan. I have been styling tables for functions, weddings and my own amusement for several years now and every time I add fresh flowers, my settings are instantly transformed. We regularly get together with neighbours of a summer evening after work and dine together. I mix up a fresh salad and they bring homemade bread.
Lighting is something worth thinking about if you are planning on socialising into the night as the stars come out. We do have some outside lighting but I prefer the ambience from fairy lights. Our entertaining area is fairly spacious so I have opted for festival lights using a warm yellow beam. LED and solar powered lights placed around the border of your Alfresco area will lead your guests in the right direction and save electricity in the home.
And finally, the staple piece which is crucial for Alfresco dining is a really good seating area. I do like the idea of garden chairs placed freely, however, I always prefer to sit around a table. Whether it be with my husband for eye contact and good conversation or our guests to ensure everybody is involved and feels welcome in our home.
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