Saturday, March 22, 2014

Spring's the thing ...

Dining al fresco is the first thing I think of when the Spring season arrives. I love, love, really love inviting family and friends over to dine outdoors under our wisteria-covered pergola.

Image of Alamodeus' pergola set for a soiree.

I love sharing a warm, welcoming evening under the stars. Simple setting, hearty food and great conversation is what it's all about. And, it's been far too long since we last hosted a soiree.

Image of Jacqui Getty's LA garden.

During the winter, I came across some charming al fresco images that have given me color and tablesetting inspiration for our next gathering.

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We may not live in Provence, but all of the same casual elements are in place for a memorable dining experience that transcends locale and focuses on a natural setting that embraces comfort, good food and fine wine.

 

Images above via I'm All Amazed (left) and Splenderosa (right).

I make every effort to introduce our homegrown herbs and vegetables in the dishes we serve, and our guests really seem to enjoy the fresh, local and seasonal delights at the table. We let our guests know the menu on the invitation, and each brings a bottle of wine to share, so we are all tasting something new that pairs well with the food at the table.

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We keep our guest list to no more than 12 in order to comfortably seat everyone at our extended table. But, smaller more intimate dinner parties are just as fun.

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While I'm heady with the arrival of warmer days, my dear husband is channeling the season's opening his way ... power washing the patios, walkways and stone floors. Welcome to Spring!

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