With the Summer months now tantalisingly close, we’re planning the ways we can savour every second of our favourite season, so it doesn’t pass in a flash. We’ve already started celebrating the middle of the week and Saturday lie-ins but, this week, we’re starting to daydream about feasting alfresco. Because nobody knows when the first sunny day may rear its head, make sure you’re prepared to spontaneously fling open the patio doors and enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner outside when the time does (eventually) come with these three ideas…
Idea 1: go for a spontaneous picnic
What makes picnicking so special is its relaxed nature. As soon as the sun starts shining, transfer any of last night’s leftovers into Tupperware, make a few quick Summer salads and sandwiches for good measure, then get up and go. It doesn’t matter if the food doesn’t match perfectly, because it all adds to the charm of the feast. If you fancy walking to your favourite picnic spot, our easy-to-carry picnic basket, dining basket and picnic blanket are your true essentials – simply add a good book, sun cream and light throw so that you can stay put all day long.
Idea 2: bask on the beach with a barbecue
When the weather is set to be a scorcher, nothing beats a daytrip to the seaside. To enjoy a truly relaxed day, pack your car with our Outdoor Mattress, Scatter Cushions, barbecue, Mango Wood Serving Platters and Metal Cloche so that you can soak up the sunshine and enjoy a spectacular feast without having to battle the crowds in a local pub garden. And don’t forget to take a straw hat.
Idea 3: host an alfresco dinner party
If you’re celebrating a special birthday, anniversary or get-together over the coming months, hosting alfresco will make it even more memorable. To make your setting extra-atmospheric, create an all-white table setting – from crisp cotton tablecloths and napkins to beautiful bone china and crystal-clear glassware – then style with an abundance of gorgeously glimmering lights. Our Extra Long Fairy Lights make dining beneath the stars feel all the more magical, while our bestselling Mercury Tealight Holders and stunning Glass Jar Lights look gorgeous scattered down the table or hung from pagodas. Simply invite friends over for cocktails at sunset and then move to this special setting come dusk.