5 Great Ideas For Dining Outside
This weekend Bradley and I spent some time adding hanging plants to our deck, planting grass, moving flowers and generally cleaning things up. Okay, fine, Brad did most of it but I helped a little. I'm a good supervisor.
We needed to get our backyard in shape because I love dining al fresco during the warm months. We would almost always rather be outside. These short weeks after the icy winter and before the blistering summer are like steroids for me. I'm rushed with motivation and productivity. So, I've been scouring the internet in my free time for gardening and deck ideas and backyard dining inspiration. Do you plan on eating outside a lot this Spring? If you have any bookmarked websites for great backyard ideas, please share!
1. An image from a great publication, Kinfolk. Bradley plans on building a table like this for our backyard so we can eat under the trees. I love the idea of letting nature be the decoration.
2. Soft lighting makes everything look better. When you need more light than the moon but you want to set a nice mood these lights are perfect. We used them for our wedding and now we'll hang them under our porch. I love this vintage inspired set.
3. Tea lights are gorgeous but unless you're dining under a tent they blow out almost as soon as you light them. It's easy to find the battery powered versions and they look just as pretty in an array of glass jars.
4. In my opinion, using real dishes is important. It's better for the environment and makes eating that much more enjoyable. Pick up some mis-matched vintage china the next time you're thrifting so you don't have to worry about them getting broken. Or use an array of white dishes in different sizes to give the table some dimension.
5. Lavender is a natural insect deterrent. Use it on your table to keep the bugs at bay.
"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow," Audrey Hepburn. Happy 85th birthday to this gorgeous style icon. Have a great week and see you soon!
Here are some past posts about gardening and planting and of course, our health and homesteading contributor always has some great ideas. Check out, On My Plate.