Dining under the stars

If you are loving these long summer days as much as I am, then you will love these pretty design ideas for a perfect evening dining al fresco! There is nothing better than ending your day with the stars above and the grass tickling your toes. That’s why I love to take dinner outside! Although, come to think of it…I love to take any meal outside! Breakfast in the morning light with the sound of the birds in the background. Or lunch on the patio, just to get a break from my every day demands. It doesn’t matter what time of day it is, eating in the fresh open air is good for the soul!

We recently designed this lovely seating area for one of our clients and I can only imagine how many good times have been enjoyed sitting in this beautiful setting. It’s perfect for just about anything from appetizers and drinks with friends, to popsicles with the kids!

Designed by Mandeville Canyon Designs

Designed by Mandeville Canyon Designs

Have I convinced you to think outside your dining room walls? Let’s start by breaking the rules a bit and take your table outside! I promise you, one day in the elements will not damage your table, no matter what it’s made of! Don’t you just love how the tablecloth in this setting matches the flowers?! Such a nice, subtle touch!

found on apartmenttherapy.com

found on apartmenttherapy.com

If moving furniture feels like too much work, grab some pallets and create your own table like this one! Outdoor dining isn’t meant to be fancy or formal. Take some cues from your surroundings and enjoy the relaxed, casual experience that dining al fresco has to offer. Don’t forget to throw some big pillows down for extra comfy seating too!

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found on style-files.com

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found on bloglovin.com

Of course, since I am a girl with a passion for protecting our environment, this setting really made me smile. Using tree stumps is a fantastic (not to mention inexpensive) way to create extra seating!

found on offbeatandinspired.com

found on offbeatandinspired.com

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found on adailysomething.com

Don’t be afraid to mix and match just about everything…plates, cups, seating…you name it! A little whimsy goes a long way when you are dining outdoors! If you are planning on doing dinner under the stars, be sure to add some extra twinkle using creative lighting or good old fashioned candles. Fill up a few lanterns with strings of fairy lights, or wrap them around some tree branches!

Found on myfavoriteandmybest.com

Found on myfavoriteandmybest.com

designed by Mandeville Canyon Designs

designed by Mandeville Canyon Designs

With the mercury on the thermometer heading close to 90 degrees this week, I am looking for ways to feed my family without actually having to cook! Everyone is happy when I serve up a great antipasto platter like this one!

found on hipurbangirl.com

found on hipurbangirl.com

It’s super easy to create this yummy cheese + meat board. Voila! Dinner is served!

Just use the following ingredients:

1) Serving Platter – cutting board or rustic looking serving platter

2) Meats -proscuitto, spicy salami, dry cured sausages

3) Pate – Cut into two generous triangle chunks

4) Bread – Baguettes, country loaf. Crackers work too

5) Olives – variety

6) Cheese -brie, havarti, gouda

7) Fruit -grapes, peaches, figs, strawberries, green apple slices, dried apricots are great too

8) Nuts -natural unsalted almonds, walnuts and pecans

9) Spreads – Fig compote or honey for drizzling         

For lots more inspiration check out my Pinterest board, Dining Under The Stars! The possibilities are endless!