Only a few weeks away, summer is all about spending time outside. Sunshine, blue skies and warm weather mean garden parties, picnics at the park, backyard barbeques and drinks on the porch. Whether you’re enjoying breakfast for two or hosting a full-fledged party, planning an elegant and sophisticated affair or something more laidback and casual, dining alfresco is a summer must. It is a great way to meet the neighbors or get together with friends and family. Start making some plans, soak up some sun, and enjoy a little fresh air. We’ve rounded up a few ideas to inspire your summer.
21 May, 2012
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Not just for your garden, gnomes bring a little kitsch to your outdoor table. This porcelain shaker set is perfect for salt and pepper with a dash of whimsy.
House 8810 | Buy
Outdoor dining doesn’t require paper plates and plastic cutlery. Set the table in soft sky blue. Just add coffee and your favorite breakfast for an absolutely serene spring morning.
Crate and Barrel | Buy
Opt for cloth instead of paper napkins for your next warm weather gathering. Gingham adds instant picnic style to your outdoor table. Mix it up with red and blue for a patriotic twist.
Pottery Barn | Buy
(Set of 6)
Kick off your first annual summertime bocce ball tourney with this authentic set made in Italy, where they know a thing or two about bocce. Or, just encourage some friendly competition at your next backyard barbeque.
The Wildflower Seed & Tool Company | Buy
Be prepared for summer block parties with this set of nature-inspired and nature- friendly outdoor dinnerware. The best part? No broken dishes when an impromptu football game sends a stray ball in your direction.
All Modern | Buy
Whether you’re dining in the backyard or on a full-fledged picnic, you’ll need some tunes. This radio is powered by the sun, making it perfect for outdoor festivities of all sorts.
Brook Farm General Store | Buy
For generous servings of leafy spinach or romaine, ordinary salad servers just won’t do. Use these mango wood paddles to scoop up refreshing salad greens with panache. Bonus points are awarded if you’ve grown your own ingredients.
Anthropologie | Buy
If you’re in need of some outdoor inspiration, look no further. From cocktails to canapés, Denise Gee’s guide is filled with photographs and recipes for planning your next porch party. Now, will you be serving Tipsy Tea or June Bug Mocktails?
Chronicle Books | Buy
When that afternoon garden party inevitably continues past sunset, these recycled glass lanterns turn dining at night into a festive evening gathering.
West Elm | Buy
($20 for Set of 3)
Add style to the quintessential summer outing with the Yellowstone Picnic Basket. Fully equipped with the basics, just add food, invite a few friends and head outdoors.
Target | Buy