Al Fresco Dining

It’s that time of year where we get into the garden as much as possible and eat so many meals out there too – snacky lunches and barbecue dinners. We love inviting friends over as much as possible and find that eating outside is just such a sociable thing.

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Over the summer some of our best memories are made in the garden, with nibbles, that heavenly barbecue smell and the children laughing and playing together. Each year we buy a few new toys for the garden, invest in some new garden furniture and get some new garden friendly crockery too – this year from Homesense. We’ve bought new bowls, snack trays, cutlery and a drinks dispenser – all for al fresco dining this summer.

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Eating outside is just so easy. You can literally grab everything out of the fridge and have a mini buffet, making sure there are plenty of crisps and dips to graze on. We usually have a big salad, lots of bread rolls and make it a big help yourself affair, everyone just tucking in.

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Dessert is a must too but in the warmer months you can’t go wrong with a fruit salad. Berries and grapes are always such a winner with the whole family – and the sort of thing that keeps well in the fridge afterwards.

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The children would eat fruit day in and day out and so for us, a fruit salad is a staple of any summer day in the garden. But another must for any day in the garden is having drinks accessible for the children – This year we’ve created a drink station where the children can help themselves. It’s such a novelty but really helps to keep the children hydrated.

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I am looking forward to the next months being full of time in the garden, al fresco dining and a more relaxed pace of life. The summer makes me happy – and that barbecue smell is one of my favourites!

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Disclosure: We were given a voucher to buy products for the purpose of this post however all opinions are my own.

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5 Comments

  1. May 11, 2016 / 8:38 pm

    I absolutely love that drinks dispenser!! I love eating outside, just wish we had the garden done properly for it! X

  2. May 11, 2016 / 10:09 pm

    We are the same love eating outdoors, it’s so lovely. I love the drinks dispenser, is that home sense too? Such a good idea X

    • May 11, 2016 / 10:41 pm

      Yep, Homesense too. Made by Kitchen Craft x

  3. May 12, 2016 / 11:04 am

    How lovely! We love eating in the garden…
    That drinks station is a brilliant idea. x

  4. May 14, 2016 / 8:22 pm

    I love the drinks station, we had something similar set up for Pimms last week! We are also eating in the garden every day at the moment, I just love being outside it makes me feel happier.
    Nat.x

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