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4 Tips for Dining Al Fresco

Summa summa summatime! As soon as the warm weather hits we try to eat outside as much as possible. Picnics, backyard dinners and pop up dinner parties, oh my! Last summer we ate outside a few times a week and I figured some tips that made it so eating outside was a cinch. I’ve partnered with Target to share some of them below…

4 Tips for Dining Al Fresco | Oh Happy Day!

1. Get a Regular Set Up! We got a table and chairs for a our back patio and all of a sudden we were eating outside several times a week. The easier you can make it the more likely you are to make it a routine. In this set up we used outdoor ottomans (find them here & here) as chairs for a casual get together.

2. Lighting! Every summer I set up cafe lights and keep them up while the weather is nice. I also keep a ton of candles and votives on hand for lots of mood lighting. Keep them fire-safe in a lantern or hurricane.

3. Keep a blanket, large cutting board and utensils in the car. We figured this out a few years ago. When we keep a blanket in the car with a cutting board all we have to do is stop in to a store and we can leave with the fixings for a really nice cheeseboard or spread for a group. Impromptu get togethers can happen at a moment’s notice.

4. Use tablecloths! Since the elements can make outdoor furniture a little dusty I usually do a quick wipe down and then throw on a fresh tablecloth or use butcher paper as a cover. It makes a big difference in making people feel comfortable.

Do you eat outside in the summer? I would love to hear what tips or tricks you use to get yourself eating outside more!

4 Tips for Dining Al Fresco | Oh Happy Day!

4 Tips for Dining Al Fresco | Oh Happy Day!

4 Tips for Dining Al Fresco | Oh Happy Day!

4 Tips for Dining Al Fresco | Oh Happy Day!

4 Tips for Dining Al Fresco | Oh Happy Day!

4 Tips for Dining Al Fresco | Oh Happy Day!

4 Tips for Dining Al Fresco | Oh Happy Day!

4 Tips for Dining Al Fresco | Oh Happy Day!

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Photography by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day
Styling by Alison Piepmeyer

  1. katie

    May 18, 2016

    Best thing I did was buy 5 long white polyester table cloths for $10 a pop. Best party investment ever

  2. Malia Cordel

    May 18, 2016

    I leave folded straw beach mats in the car for impromptu picnics. They’ve been super handy!
    It’s probably pretty obvious, but always having ready a set of reusable picnic plates, silverware and cups, as well as pretty, disposable napkins, cooler bags and blue ice have been major stress relievers.
    I also hope to finish stocking my vintage travelling bar case (it’s like a mini suitcase with straps and supplies inside) for even more possibilities!

  3. Liz Morgan

    May 18, 2016

    Oh how I would love to dine with you in that setting. Looks magical!

  4. Kari

    May 19, 2016

    This makes me totally want a patio!!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

  5. Cintia

    May 19, 2016

  6. Bethany Thomson

    May 20, 2016

    Oh, this like a fairytale :) I want to go there so bad :)

  7. Arianna

    May 20, 2016

    Super cute and love this! Thank you for the inspiration.

  8. Herman K

    May 31, 2016

    Lovely!! Just imagine, sitting there at around 6-7pm, at sunset, with all the decor and lights… it’s a kind of magical thing. I’d try to decor my garden like this, even if i know it will Mission Impossible.

  9. Herman K

    May 31, 2016

    Lovely!! Just imagine, sitting there at around 6-7pm, at sunset, with all the decor and lights… it’s a kind of magical thing. I’d try to decor my garden like this, even if i know it will Mission Impossible.

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