Knowing it’s June in a few weeks, almost half way through the year, has given me a kick up le derrière to make the most of the warmer seasons ahead. I really want to commit to lots of outdoor adventures, sunshine socialising and al fresco dining this summer, before I find myself talking about autumn and all its goodness.
We went for a dog walk at the weekend which ended up us exploring some bluebell woods off the beaten track. It was stunning, and we had the place all to ourselves, which would have been made all the more perfect if we thought to brought a picnic with us. Which got me to thinking of other outdoor dining ideas that I can plan for this summer at home and beyond. From tinfoil sandwich picnics at the top of a steep hill (my favourite!) to dining in style in the garden (with proper cutlery and fizz of course); I’m planning a summer of great food and outdoor fun with my favourite people…we just need need the weather to be kind (or dry at least).
To make the most of your summer here’s some al fresco dining ideas you could get up to over the coming months. And if you’re looking for homeware inspiration to help you out this summer, my friends over at HomeSense have a great selection of one-off homewares to use in your outdoor space and beyond; from garden furniture through to accessories, tableware and planters too. I’m especially loving their monochrome pouffes pictured above, versatile enough to use indoors too.
Woodland Picnic Get off the beaten track and find a secluded spot where you can enjoy a woodland picnic nestled deep in the trees. Bring battery operated fairy lights, finger sandwiches, cake and snacks, plus lots of tea. Oh and don’t forget a good book.
Garden Film Night Entertain your favourite people with a classic film night (try and get your hands on a projector). Decorate your outdoor space with blankets, lanterns, pouffe’s and summery tableware and cutlery. If it rains, bring it indoors and have an indoor picnic instead. To the take the pressure off simply make a pudding/dessert. There’s nothing more comforting than a bowl of hot crumble and custard!
Stargazing Fill up the flask with a hot toddy, bring a blanket and your favourite comfort food to keep you cosy and warm as you take in the night sky. A perfect treat to help you wind down after a long week at work.
Golden Hour Supper Add some fizz and light snacks (olives, cold meats as cheeses) to your golden hour picnic and don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the magical light.
Sunrise Breakfast There will be no catching off worms here. Chose a day when an early start can be followed by a snoozy afternoon nap later in the day. Bring pastries, coffee and fruit and enjoy the sunrise with a view, with your favourite people.
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