Going alfresco is a no brainer when the summer months hit. Because everything, even dinner, is better outside in the open air. A Savvy Event and Chloe Legras At Boxwood Avenue are breaking down the easiest way to move your next dinner party outside. The key is fuss-free entertaining ideas like easy party punch and special touches that make casual dining seem crazy elegant. See even more photographed by Kevin Chin in the VAULT.
Longer days and warmer nights mean outdoor activities can officially commence, and with that, comes alfresco dining. Outdoor dining can range from casual to formal, but our absolute favorite is an evening spent with great friends while sipping delicious cocktails and enjoying thoughtfully prepared food.
Outdoor dining doesn’t need to be fancy, but extra special touches are always appreciated! You don’t need to break out the china, or even the silver for that matter, but you might try adding some creative touches here and there. Use natural elements to tie the table together, such as fresh herbs, foraged greens, and organic flower arrangements.
Chloe, of Boxwood Avenue, adorned kumquat branches with guest name’s calligraphed in copper ink, which accented the copper Mule mugs and brass flatware. If you’re having a casual dinner, try picking out some bamboo flatware and adding washi-tape for a fun DIY; a great way to bring attention to something that is normally an afterthought.
When styling a table, think convenience first. It might be tempting to bust out your favorite champagne coupes, but if you plan on mingling, that might not be your best bet. Instead, think of how you want the party to flow, and nix anything unnecessary, because let’s face it, who even uses a soup spoon anyways?
Plan a light menu with fresh ingredients! A typical BBQ of hot dogs and hamburgers can be heavy and leave everyone feeling a little guilty about the amount of potato salad they consumed. Avoid this pitfall by shopping at your local farmer’s market and creating a farm-to-table style menu. Fresh ingredients will be appreciated, and in-season fruits and veggies will be a bargain! We love serving multiple salads family style; try a leafy green number, and mix things up by adding some grilled veggies!
Lastly, pick a theme and stick to it! It’s easy to go on Pinterest and plan a beautiful dinner party, but it’s another thing to execute it. Just like a large-scale event, your party should have a theme - think minimal. Maybe you want to showcase different types of goat cheese, or you want to include fresh herbs from your own garden; whatever it is, pick one element that you want to shine, and let the rest be its cheerleader. Here, Kelly, of A Savvy Event, included a patterned table linen from La Tavola in the design, so she let the rest of the elements compliment it by pulling oranges, coppers, and creams with pops of pinks in the florals, which achieved a cohesive look and feel.