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5 Ideas for Throwing an Al Fresco Dinner Party

Summer is fleeting us. And it’s about this time every summer that I start to freak out a little. Fall is just around the corner, yet it feels like summer just got here, and it becomes painfully clear there are tons of things I still want to do before it turns cold. Anyone else feel the same?

Relishing summer nights with good friends over good food is one of those things I can never quite get enough of. So I thought I’d share a few ideas and inspiration to throw one last al fresco dinner party this summer, whether it’s in your backyard or a pop up party in a park. Let’s make the most of these last few weeks. Cheers!


  1.  Position your dining table under a tree, and use the branches as a framework to string cafe lights.
  2. Keep the tablescape simple (and easy!) with a single type of plant or flower, and of course candles.
  3. Layer hard surfaces with blankets and pillows for a cozy effect.
  4. Focus on fresh simple ingredients that can be prepared ahead of time. This way you’ll spend more time outside with your guests and less time in the kitchen.
  5. Keep the vibe laid back and playful with prosecco + popsicles for dessert!

Imagery: Lights | Tablescape | Outdoor Textiles | HeirloomTomato Tart | Prosecco & Popsicles

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  • Bonnie Eng
    August 19, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Those popsicles in champagne look splendid!

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