One of my favorite things about summer is being able to move dinner outdoors. The kids can run around and my husband and I get to enjoy a relaxed meal. Since we do this quite a bit, I have a handful of essentials that I like to bring out every time. We prefer melamine over glass with the kids, and table runners instead of my nice tablecloths. Overall, it’s all about keeping it casual on those hot summer days. Here I’ve pulled together nine basics to have on hand for dining alfresco that I’ve found are very useful when throwing together a nice dinner under the sun…
Whether you're serving wine or juice, pick out glassware that is stylish, but not incredibly delicate. These quilted glasses have a unique look that is sure to be noticed, but are not as fragile as a nice wine glass.
It's always a good idea to consolidate where you can when dining outdoors. A tray like this can be used to carry the veggies, and comes with a removable carving board just in case you need to chop something up at the last minute. The modern look of this tray can work well with pretty much any al fresco dining style.
I love the idea of having a set of enamel dinnerware because you can use it for dining outdoors and even when you're camping. This is a great option for when kids are at the table too, because it can handle a fair share of spills. This style of enamelware is so classic that you'll be able to reuse it for years.
Jacinda Boneau is a fabric designer and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.