Dining al fresco is something I love doing during the summer months. Whenever hubby and I make a lunch or dinner reservation at a local restaurant, we always try to get a table on the patio. Dining outside at home is also pleasurable – especially if you have a shady spot. Here’s some outdoor dining ideas and inspiration for you, from rustic to elegant.
A simple farmhouse table with colorful chairs like these would be perfect for my humble farmhouse.
I do plan to have a pergola over our outdoor dining space. It lends a bit of shade for physical comfort.
A plain picnic table gets a pretty shade of violet. I like the rust log pergola and candle chandelier.
If you don’t like dining outside with the bugs, set up a table and chairs in a screened porch.
When I dine outside with pretty scenery, it’s easy to imagine that I’m in France or Italy, dining alfresco at a countryside winery. That’s the type of ambiance I want to create with our outdoor dining area. This space is a little more formal than I’d like, but it has that European vibe.
An outdoor dining area doesn’t have to be extravagant. A cozy table for two is all you need.
Let’s face it. A waterfront view for dining al fresco is probably the ideal summer situation. Which is part of the reason why our backyard makeover includes a pond! If you can’t move to the water … bring the water to your home.
When I was a kid, we had director-style chairs on our patio. They’re comfortable and practical for dining outside.
Rattan furniture is a beautiful option for an outdoor dining set. I love the porch as much as the dining set itself. Ceiling fans encourage cooling breezes while enjoying a favorite summer meal.
I can’t wait to get started on our backyard makeover. I hope it will be done by mid-summer but we do need to wait to get the pond installed based on the contractor’s schedule. I know it will be worth the wait.
Come back on Saturday to see the design concept!