​Tips for Dining Alfresco

With spring already here there are now more opportunities than ever to host the perfect alfresco dinner party with Julia Knight. Alfresco, or outdoor dining, is something that every party-goer loves and that is certainly going to stay a huge part of the spring party scene. So how do you pull off the perfect alfresco dinner party for two or 20? The process is simpler than you might imagine with the help of signature Julia Knight pieces.

The True Outdoor Experience

The first thing you want to do is define your space. The space in which you plan on dining alfresco should be close enough to the house or kitchen so that you can get food in and out quickly and easily. This makes for an amazing experience and makes hosting an alfresco event that much easier. Proximity makes a big difference when it comes to the perfect stylish and elegant alfresco dining experience. You also want to make sure you have adequate seating, places to eat, and places to entertain. Patios are a great option as they are close to the home and still far enough away that you can get a true outdoor experience.

Another factor you want to keep in mind is the timing of your event. Early morning can be dewey and chilly, spring can bring unexpected April showers, and evenings could get quite cold. There are ways that you can remedy each of these issues however. If you want an early morning alfresco dining experience try eating on a deck that is not on ground level, this will reduce the amount of dew that you have to deal with a nice blanket or cozy sweater can cut the chill. For the afternoon, adding rain protection in the form of an umbrella, shaded patio, or even a canopy can help protect from unexpected showers and allow you to eat outside. Lastly, a good fire or some citronella candles can help keep bugs at bay and can help warm up your outdoor eating space.

Alfresco Dining

After you have your location and timing chosen, you can then start to consider your place settings. Though using paper plates may be tempting, it takes away from the experience. Using a stunning place setting that is well made, high quality, and beautiful is going to give you the look and feel of indoor dining or fancy dining at a restaurant without having to keep your party indoors. The Julia Knight Eclipse 6" Bowl and the Eclipse Stackable Square Trays are both understated and beautiful for a simple setting. You can also choose place settings that reflect a theme or that are a certain color or style to add more personality to your party and to make things truly beautiful. The Julia Knight Aurora Plates and Bowls are also bold and stunning, making your food and table setting look luxurious and inviting.

Knowing how to stage your party is one thing, you also need to consider your menu. Unless you have an outdoor kitchen, you might want to consider foods that need little heating. Salads, fish, grilled foods, and even pizza are great for alfresco dining because they are easy to make and easy to eat. Though it may be tempting to show off your culinary skills and create a marvelous four course dinner, with alfresco, simple is better. Take the time to tailor your menu not only to your skills and your space, but also to the time of year, heat, and even to what is in season. Fresh veggies and fruits are always welcome at any great alfresco dining experience.

The last thing to consider is any outdoor activity you may want to play. Eating outdoors is great for adults and for children as it opens up a ton of space and allows kids to run around and play while grownups are having a cocktail, talking or just spending time with one another. You can also add fun things like an outdoor tiki bar or a special lounge area as well. If you have a pool you already have the fun built right in to your outdoor space.

Alfresco dining is especially perfect for those that may not have a ton of indoor entertaining space. Eating outdoors opens up a whole new world when it comes to space and what you can do when it comes to creating the perfect dinner party.