How To: Alfresco Dining

Make the last remaining days of summer your most memorable. Gather your closest friends, stock the fridge (with wine, of course) and wipe down that table – eating out just got a whole lot more interesting.

As firm believers that ‘alfresco’ means more than slightly singed sausages and paper plates, we’ve put together our top tips for throwing an effortlessly stylish dinner party in your back garden. We’re talking gourmet en plein aire here ladies and gentlemen.

Let’s start with the table. While zinc tops and exposed wood are all over Pinterest at the moment, using a simple linen table cloth is an easy way to recreate that rustic feel without buying a whole new set of garden furniture.

We’ve taken inspiration from the great outdoors and opted for organic materials with natural textures. Use wooden chopping boards as serving platters and textured or frosted glasses for a stripped back but chic look. Introducing terracotta into your palette will also offer a pop of colour to the otherwise neutral, glazed earthenware.

No al fresco table is complete without a spray of wild flowers. Try pairing deep purples and pinks with softer colours for an eye catching display. As for the food, we’ve kept things simple: a fresh summer salad with homemade crusty loaf and a bottle of crisp white wine. Delicious!

PIP MCCORMACK’S SUMMER SERVING SUGGESTION

As the Lifestyle Director of Red Magazine, Pip knows all about how to dress a table, and what food to eat off it. His first recipe book, The Herb and Flower Cookbook, is full of sun-drenched ideas, perfect for any al fresco dinner party.

To really impress your guests, why not try Pip’s super simple and oh-so delicious (not to mention healthy) Rainbow Chard Salad with Jasmine Dressing – your Instagram feed will thank you. Serve in our Hand Moulded Deep Salad Bowl for extra style points.

SHOP ALFRESCO DINING NOW

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