Whilst music, close friends and family are, and will always be, the key ingredients of a good party, to celebrate the last official long weekend of Summer, we’ve put together our top tips for crafting the perfect al fresco table. So whether hosting or being hosted, be inspired by a bit of al fresco style this Bank Holiday.
Although it’s summer, restrain yourself from involving vibrant colours.
Dressing the table with neutral colours allows more important elements – the food, the flowers and the drinks – to stand out.
Lighting is incredibly important.
Use candles of differing heights and widths to add to the playfulness and mood of the evening but keep them unscented, it's the fresh air you want to take in.
Mix, rather than match.
When it comes to tableware, alfresco is all about informal so feel at liberty to mix your plates, cutlery, and glassware up. It’ll help to create a laid back vibe.
Use flowers from the garden as your centrepiece.
Make your table the extension of your garden and let your guests feel at ease. It's about a mixture of look as natural as possible but with a little thought behind it.
Keep those non-drinkers hydrated.
Gone are the days of sparkling water being the only drink available for those who might be driving. Non-alcoholic drinks are often more interesting than their boozy counterparts and Iced tea or coffee make a perfect mock-tail that will be the envy of their alcoholic counterparts. Nicolas Vahe's delightfully fresh and fragrant Raspberry and Vanilla tea, is just perfect for making a summer iced tea.
Sharing dishes go hand in hand with alfresco dining.
Large bowls and platters add to the informal feel of the evening and no one can resist a melting chocolate fondue with fresh summer fruit, the ultimate relaxed and humorous finish to an evening.
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