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Creating a Rustic Alfresco Dining Setting

Posted by Mark Godsell-Fletcher on

How wonderful has this weather been?  I can imagine many of you, like me, have been making the most of the weather and dining outdoors.  There is nothing better than relaxing in the evening sun, enjoying the company of your friends and family and making the most of the summer.  When you next have company round, let them also enjoy a rustic alfresco dining experience.  We have some beautiful pieces to turn your garden and 'occasional tables' into a warm and inviting space. Let's dress your table ..... If you don't have a wooden outdoor table then you will need a table cloth.  Keep it simple, if your table cloth has colour you want muted tones or pastel, such as this pretty table cloth with a pale grey double stripe. [caption id="attachment_2586" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Table Cloth Soho, Idyll Home £35.95 Table Cloth Soho, Idyll Home £35.95[/caption] I have chosen this French Style Colour-Washed Tableware due to it's simplicity, yet it's delicate dot pattern around the edge adds some character. [caption id="attachment_2588" align="aligncenter" width="620"]French Style Colour-Washed Tableware, DesRes Design £7.00 French Style Colour-Washed Tableware, DesRes Design £7.00[/caption] We are going to compliment our neutral colour scheme with natural materials such as this hand-crafted rustic bowl. [caption id="attachment_2589" align="aligncenter" width="413"]Olive Wood Salad Bowl & Servers, iapetus Bowl: £129 Salad servers: £12.95 pair Olive Wood Salad Bowl & Servers, iapetus Bowl: £129 Salad servers: £12.95 pair[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2590" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Personalised Jamie Oliver Antipasti Serving Board, GettingPersonal £29.99 Personalised Jamie Oliver Antipasti Serving Board, GettingPersonal £29.99[/caption]   Add your favourite cordials to this set of rustic country glass bottle herb vases for a refreshing treat. [caption id="attachment_2593" align="aligncenter" width="612"]Rustic Country Glass Bottle Herb Vase, Lifestyle Home and Living £29.99 Rustic Country Glass Bottle Herb Vase, Lifestyle Home and Living £29.99[/caption] Created in French rustic farmhouse style, this cutlery holder is large enough for your gathering as well as adding some style to your table.   [caption id="attachment_2594" align="aligncenter" width="604"]Metal Cutlery Holder, Boutique Provencale £22.75 Metal Cutlery Holder, Boutique Provencale £22.75[/caption] If you're looking for a focal point for your table, this cake stand will certainly make an elegant statement. [caption id="attachment_2595" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Three-tier wood cake stand-natural, Alison at Home Three-tier wood cake stand-natural, Alison at Home £39.50[/caption] Use old jars or milk bottles as vases and add some wild flowers.  In the case of this table, less is certainly more. [caption id="attachment_2596" align="aligncenter" width="413"]Bottles and Wild Flowers, Source Bottles and Wild Flowers, Source[/caption] Keep your drinks chilled by adding ice to something your may have lying around your home. This zinc garden tough would be perfect. [caption id="attachment_2597" align="alignnone" width="620"]Zinc Garden Trough, Boutique Provencale £32.50 Zinc Garden Trough, Boutique Provencale £32.50[/caption] As the sun beginnings to set and the sky starts to become darker light your garden with one of these beautiful alfresco accessories. [caption id="attachment_2599" align="aligncenter" width="465"]Summer Hurricane Lanterns, Nordic House £6.48 Summer Hurricane Lanterns, Nordic House £6.48[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2600" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Rustic Flower Pot Style Scented Candles, One Brown Cow from £4.95 Rustic Flower Pot Style Scented Candles, One Brown Cow from £4.95[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2601" align="aligncenter" width="414"]Decorative Hanging Glass Bottles with LED Lights, DesRes Design £14.00 Decorative Hanging Glass Bottles with LED Lights, DesRes Design £14.00[/caption] Here are three other rustic alfresco dining ideas for what you are sat in the sun and indulging in a little Eat Sleep Live. [caption id="attachment_2602" align="aligncenter" width="413"]Rustic Alfresco Dining, Source Rustic Alfresco Dining, Source[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2603" align="aligncenter" width="620"]Rustic Alfresco Dining, Source Rustic Alfresco Dining, Source[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2604" align="aligncenter" width="413"]Rustic Alfresco Dining, Source Rustic Alfresco Dining, Source[/caption]    


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