Al Fresco At Last!
The sun is out for warm weather and long days, and its time to enjoy the outdoor dining season. I like to BBQ as much as possible so my husband has to cook dinner…. I mean… so we can eat outside! I love being out in our yard and playing games after dinner until the sky starts to get dark. And for us Canadians, that can be really late in the summer, which is perfect for letting the kids crash and having more game nights for the parents.
I had plans for this big family dinner of carne asada with all the amazing dips, salsas, guacamole, and Mexican dips. This may long weekend it rained. For 4 straight days. We got a lot of house projects done, but no outdoor dining. So we ate inside this weekend, and had a simple family dinner out in the back yard during the week.
Setting The Table
We have a sturdy and simple round glass top patio table as our foundation. When we update out deck I hope to expand it to include space for a new dining set, but for now this works! I used my DIY Rope chargers, my same square blue plates that I used before, and topped with a square paper plate for an easy clean up.
I love the colors of the El Pato can, so I used them as pots for my succulents. My hens and chicks plants grow like crazy, so its really easy to pull some up from the garden and use for table decor. These might just make it inside after summer is over. The smaller jars are actually baby food bottles wrapped in a brown paper lunch bag to cover the residue from the label. Both of these recycled jars were the perfect size for my little garden plants.
All the ingredients needed to top some delicious food. Ketchup, Mustard, and hot sauce. Speaking of, have you ever put cholula sauce on popcorn? A friend of mine introduced me to it, and I have to say it was shockingly good.
I love to switch up my table settings and plan different themes, colors, and accents depending on the occasion or my mood. Using what you have, buying the occasional new dinner ware (great ideas here), and thinking outside the box is all that it takes to get a great tablescape for an easy and fun outdoor dinner.
Are you ready to enjoy the outdoors? Check out these outdoor entertaining ideas: