Fun Al Fresco Dining Ideas for your Garden this Summer

Over the past year, our outdoor spaces have provided a much-needed welcome sanctuary. Whether you have a balcony area or a larger garden, our spaces have transformed into another room to relax, eat and play. 

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 To inspire your green space, we have put together our top tips for enjoying your garden and upping your al fresco dining credentials. Now is the perfect time to think about getting out into the garden and how you can make the most of it this summer and beyond…

#1 First up, how to create a tablespace…

The table is an integral part of your outdoor space as it’s a place to gather and entertain. By using different textures and colours, you can put together an inviting table setting that’s both beautiful and practical. 

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Start with finding a tablecloth that you like and layer it up with some napkins, to match, or contrast, depending on your style. Then, create a focal point with a jug of flowers or candles at differing heights. Set your table with your favourite plates and bowls – a stack of bowls is a great option for a more informal gathering. You can decorate your napkins with sprigs of greenery and can even add personalised name cards as a special touch. 

#2 Host a picnic in your garden!

For bright and sunny days, you might want to set-up a picnic as a way to enjoy your surroundings. Perfect for a fuss-free party, all you really need is: a picnic blanket or throw, some comfy cushions, a selection of plates and cutlery and of course some delicious snacks.

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When dining al fresco, opt for stoneware that is super tough and suitable for outdoor use to avoid any mishaps.

For minimal fuss, keep your picnic foods simple and serve up sandwiches, salads, crisps and some dips. A picnic is a great way to sit back, relax and experience your garden from a different viewpoint.  

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#3 Set up a Woodland Wonderland for the kids…

Whether you’re celebrating a little one’s birthday or catching-up with friends after a long time apart, a kiddy-friendly ‘camp’ area will go down a treat. You can use an old bedsheet carefully propped up to create a camping feel and fill it with plenty of blankets and cushions to make it comfortable.

Serve up mini party foods in a picnic style and keep them entertained with some party games. Denby’s Rice Bowls are a great shape for children’s snacks and their Handleless Mugs are perfect for their drinks and desserts!


Guest blog by Zoe Turner, Denby. 

Ciara Martin

Ciara Martin

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