Change Things Up
Now that the beautiful weather is here, we are all spending more time outdoors. Your backyard may be your favorite space in your home this time of year. Why not take advantage of the great weather by creating an outdoor dining experience? Outdoor dining is a great way to entertain and spend time with the people you love. Incorporating different food and beverage options, and the backyard space, can create a whole new dining and entertaining experience. One of the keys to great dining is ambiance. What could be better then the warm breezes and natural surrounding of the outdoors in summer for a dining experience your guests will never forget.
Decoration is the important part in tying in the natural surrounding to a great meal. Following a few basic guidelines, you can even bring the atmosphere of fine dining right to your very own backyard.
Setting the Mood
When creating an outdoor dinning space, keep in mind that decor and accents will influence the mood you are trying to achieve. Decks and patios are common for placing furniture; however, if platform spacing is limited, an open space, adjacent to a shade tree could also create an inviting atmosphere.
Lighting is always a big part of creating the right mood. Candlelight has a softening aura and creates intimacy. If you are looking for a brighter, more carefree environment, consider accentuating your backyard with hanging strands of lights. Lanterns are another popular form of lighting and when placed correctly they create a serene backdrop for your dining experience.
Filling a centerpiece with a variety of seasonal foliage will accentuate the motif. Longer stemmed arrangements add a more dramatic undertone and are better suited for a formal setting. Be sure to take into account, color of the plants as it is key to complimenting the aesthetic appeal of the “table” design.
A table setting is not complete without flatware, dinnerware, and glassware. Select pieces that mimic the atmosphere you are creating. Consider using pitchers or carafes, in order to lessen trips in and out of the kitchen.
Whether it’s a casual break after a dip in the spa with a loved one or a formal meal with guests, entertaining outdoors with great food and company can be the best part of your summer in your backyard. So Bon appétit!