Alfresco Dining at Home: How to Create the Perfect Atmosphere
15th May 2020
By Erin Fox
There’s nothing quite like dining alfresco. Between the sun, a warm breeze, and the general pleasantry of eating outdoors – it’s a sign that summer is well and truly here. Make the most of your garden this season by moving your meals outside. Great food, delicious tipples, and excellent company, what else could you need? Well, if you’re looking to create the perfect outdoor dining table, then look no further – we have four tips sure to elevate your alfresco experience.
There’s nothing quite like [dining alfresco](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/featured/outdoor-living/dining). Between the sun, a warm breeze, and the general pleasantry of eating outdoors – it’s a sign that summer is well and truly here. Make the most of your garden this season by moving your meals outside. Investing in a few coloured glasses, leaf-shaped plates, and neutral place settings can make all the difference. It creates an atmosphere by making the moment more beautiful. Great food, delicious tipples, and excellent company, what else could you need? Well, if you’re looking to create the perfect [outdoor dining table](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/featured/outdoor-living/dining), then look no further – we have four tips sure to elevate your alfresco experience.
**1\. Location, location, location**
After all, the backdrop to your exquisitely designed table setting is a key factor when dining outside. Whether it’s repositioning your garden table to sit west-facing (the best way to soak up the afternoon sun) or moving your meal picnic-style to your local park, eating outside is all about enjoying the [outdoors](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/featured/outdoor-living/dining) – so choose the best area that is available to you.
**2\. Bring the outdoors to your table setting**
We’re a big fan of [Costa Nova](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/brands/costa-nova/home-and-gifts/dining) for it’s nature-inspired dishes. There’s just something about a leaf-shaped serving platter that is an alfresco necessity. Complement the dishes with lots of greenery displayed in the middle of the table – Gypsophila and any of your garden’s natural foliage will work wonders when placed in [short vases](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/home-and-gifts/home-accessories/vases-and-ornaments).
**3\. Consider neutral tones**
[Natural linens, dishware and place settings](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/featured/outdoor-living/dining) are great as they don’t overpower the table and the meal. The neutral tones help to bring the colours of the food alive and make the meal the focal point of the table.
**4\. Add colourful glassware**
Who doesn’t love a pop of colour? Especially when your favourite summertime tipple – be it a G&T, Aperol Spritz or Sangria – is being served in a colourful glass. [Van Verre](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/brands/van-verre/home-and-gifts/dining) has great tumblers and jugs meant for any [alfresco scenario](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/featured/outdoor-living/dining), all you have to do is find your favourite cocktail recipe to fill it with.
_(Keep scrolling to find the ultimate G&T recipe from Hepple…)_
Looking for the perfect tipple to enjoy alfresco? British-made brand, [Hepple](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/brands/hepple/food/wines-and-spirits), has shared with us how to make the best G&T this summer. Watch the [tutorial here](https://www.instagram.com/tv/B_pjEvJpyMz/), or follow the instructions below:
###### **Hepple's Ultimate Gin & Tonic**
* 1 highball glass, chilled
* Handful of large ice cubes
* 45ml of [Hepple gin](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/brands/hepple/food/wines-and-spirits)
* 150ml can of Fever Tree
* Lime wedge
* Sprig of lemon verbena
1. Take a chilled highball glass, preferably one that has been chilled in the freezer, and fill it approximately two-thirds of the way with large ice cubes.
2. Pour 45ml of [Hepple gin](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/brands/hepple/food/wines-and-spirits) into the glass – this is about 1.5 servings of alcohol. If you don't have a measure at home, use an egg cup instead – this will yield a 30ml measure.
3. Then, pour half of your can of Fever Tree into the glass. Stir your drink with a long spoon or knife. Add extra ice, and then stir again.
4. Take the rest your tonic water and pour it into the glass. Finish by garnishing the glass with a wedge of lime and a sprig of lemon verbena. Enjoy!