Summer is right around the corner which means that now is the perfect time to start thinking about what you will need to enjoy a fabulous evening dining al fresco with friends and family. When the temperature heats up and it's time to head outdoors and enjoy the fresh air, these simple ideas will make you the hostess with mostest!
NO. 1 FOOD
Keep it SIMPLE & SEASONAL! You want to relax and enjoy with your guests so the idea is to keep your menu simple and not over think it! Using seasonal vegetables and fruits in your dishes is a great starting point for the menu, so head out to your local produce stand and see what is available, stock up and plan your meal around that. I have found this to be an easy and fun way to make a memorable summer dinner.
NO. 2 DRINKS
Don't forget the drinks! Coming up with a refreshing cocktail for an evening of outdoor dining is a MUST! Be sure to keep it light, and refreshing- one of my favorite go to summer cocktails is an Aperol Spritz. If you want to keep it alcohol free there are so many mocktail options available which have all the fun of a cocktail without the hard stuff!
NO. 3 DECOR
Creating a great looking outdoor setting doesn't have to be difficult or complicated. Beautiful linens, or place settings can be your starting point to create your tables cape, once you have chosen that you can move on to your china and glassware- and don't be afraid to mix it up! Lastly add lovely flowers or flower arrangements (you can even cut them from your own back yard), and some candles and you are all set for a fantastic evening with friends!