Friday, July 8, 2011

Al fresco with friends ...

There is nothing I enjoy more that dining al fresco with friends and family. Hubby and I generally host several soirees each year, but this year has been challenging for entertaining. Since we probably won't have an opportunity to host an outdoor gathering under our wisteria-covered pergola until fall (it's far too hot in the summer), I'll just share the great al fresco dining spots I've found.

If its covered by greenery, chances are, I'll love the dining spot. The photo above shows the fabulous textural elements that send my heart soaring: a vine shaded pergola with stone columns and tiled flooring, rustic wooden table top, comfortably padded iron chairs and an open area for cool breezes.

Wouldn't having a wood-burning pit nearby be a great convenience for serving hot off the grill? I love, love, love the images from My French Country Home (left) and Oliveaux (right).

The outdoor dining table above is set in such summer-bright colors that it makes me hungry for a cupcake! Don't know why, but the image from Design Sponge has a celebratory feel that leaves me longing for cake and lemonade.

Put that covered deck or patio to good use. Let tables do double duty to hold fruits, baskets and plants when not set to entertain guests. Images above via The Inside Story (left) and Country Living (right).

Al fresco entertaining is not about glamorous or expensive outdoor furnishings. I truly lust over the shot above (above) that shows how the host utilized sawhorse legs topped by an old door to create an intimate dining table. Image via Desde My Ventana.

Guests feel at ease when the dinner setting is less formal. Mix and match chairs add to the casual feel of the outdoor dinner shown below. Photo from The Paris Apartment.

Please pass the bread and pour me a glass of that wine. Thank you!

1 comment:

Patio Furniture said...

Oh wow, Al fresco it looks nice.. you have a nice shot, there outdoor dine is so inviting...

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