The great outdoors: how to dine alfresco in style
Dining alfresco can transform any average weeknight into something special, and is a perfect way to host friends and family when the weather is favourable. But creating an Insta-worthy dining experience needn’t be difficult; buying in the right accessories and being clever about the food you choose to serve can make for a simple but stylish outdoor supper.
Jordan Kay, co-founder of The Good Graze, believes food and ambience are the most important factors to a chic alfresco experience. “The key when dining outside is making sure that there’s a fun and relaxed atmosphere, and the grazing concept is perfect for this; it encourages sharing and creates conversation, as well as being beautiful to look at. A grazing table or platters can also be easily transported indoors if the weather does decide to pour!”
An antipasti platter, boasting a selection of cured meats, olives and sundried tomatoes, served alongside some locally-sourced cheeses, artisan breads, crackers and oatcakes is a stress-free way to cater for countless guests. Try farmer’s markets for the best produce – or you can order direct from The Good Graze to do it all for you if you’re short on time.
For the overall look, choose a palette of complementary colours, such as navy blue, grey and ochre. Floor cushions layered upon outdoor rugs are an ideal solution if you’re lacking in space, or for a more permanent fixture, look no further than Made.com’s picnic bench. As for the decoration, foliage is a quick solution never fails to look gorgeous—pick some up from your local florist, or invest in artificial foliage that you can use time and time again.
Finish your table with an eclectic mix tableware, clashing colours and textures where you can. Try wooden chopping boards as serving platters set against linen runners for softness, and candles in glass lanterns for effortless twilight dining.