Make the Most of Your Mid-Summer Outdoor Dining Experience
Mid-summer is such a wonderful time to really take advantage of the nice weather and eat outside on your porch or patio. There are so many different aspects that make outdoor dining more of an experience than just eating a meal. Everything from the decorations, to the food you eat, and how you prepare it helps set the mood.
Dressing your outdoor tablescape for success is a great way to set the tone for an outdoor party or just a family meal. This is especially true when it comes to outdoor dining. At Two Peas and their Pod they talk about how to create a beautiful outdoor setting for a fun mid-summer party. They suggest keeping the table cloth simple and neutral along with plain dishware. When it comes to the table decorations flowers and other woodsy pieces always look nice. Think simple, romantic, and a little bit rustic. When it comes to food, since you are outside the fresher the food the better! Try looking into Farm to Table programs and take a trip to your local farmer’s market to support small farms and businesses.
One of the best ways to truly enjoy eating outside is also to prepare your food outside. Most people immediately think about just using their grill when it comes to outdoor cooking, but Ron Hazelton has a few suggestions on how to create a whole space outdoors for prepping your food. He has a tutorial on making an outdoor prep station with a cooler and even a place for condiments that you could easily make if you are even a little bit handy with a hammer. That way your prep time is cut down because you won’t have to travel back and forth between getting your veggies from the indoors and minding the meat on your grill outdoors, and you can spend more time enjoying your time outdoors!