17 Al Fresco Dining Ideas We Love

Days are warming and nothing tastes better than meals outside! Plus, how fun is it to create your own cozy dining nook, countryside or cityscape? A rooftop, a hedged back yard, a patio or even a field of wheat can make a refreshing backdrop, just so long as it’s private and pretty.

Here’s a smorgasbord of tips for setting your outdoor eating style, so grab your design plate and create your own fare.

  1. Old oil lamps
  2. Benches with cushions or pillows complimenting your table runner
  3. Lanterns hung in the trees or arbor
  4. In the absence of an arbor or tent, banners of fabric draped overhead
  5. Wildflowers in urns
  6. Metal wire between two trees on which to hang votives, lanterns or lightweight candelabra
  7. A basket or bowl centerpiece piled with fresh fruit
  8. Tiny topiary or potted plant place favors
  9. Eclectic mix of dishes
  10. Floating fresh flowers
  11. Paper lanterns
  12. Citronella or incense sticks to keep bugs at bay
  13. Battery-operated candles for no fuss
  14. Cloth napkins and wholesale tablecloths to avoid fly-away paper goods
  15. The path to your table or the backdrop illuminated by floating candles or large pillar candles in huge hurricanes
  16. Upturned metal colanders or wire mesh baskets covering gnat-tempting platters
  17. Simple, light fare – salads, grilled meats, and fun, fruity drinks
  18. Eiffel tower vases to showcase fresh flowers on the tables.
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