Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Dining "al fresco"

It is quite well-known that Europe has a "vibrant cafe culture" as one of my friends puts it.  There are cafes on every corner with people sitting outside drinking, eating, smoking (that one takes a little getting used to) and chatting for what seems like hours.   So..... I shouldn't be surprised that while our family has been taking walks around our village after dinner we hear so many voices of folks dining "al fresco" thru the privet hedges (more on my renewed love of those in a later post).

I've always enjoyed eating outdoors.  Unfortunately, however, we did not bring an outdoor table and chairs with us..... nothing a visit to IKEA can't take care of.  Add a simple linen or burlap tablecloth..... some candles or lanterns, a container filled with wildflowers, a bottle of wine, cheese and crackers, fruit.... a few close friends and you have the makings of a pretty perfect evening in my book.

Here's a little inspiration for breaking free of your dining room this summer (once the temperature falls below 85% ofcourse!) :).....

Bon appetit!


  1. There's a lot to be said for their lovely laid-back lifestyle AND privet hedges!

  2. nothing better than cafes and living in a pedestrian city....happy hunting for your outdoor table

  3. These are beautiful inspiration photos. I love eating outside -- it is too hot to do so right now, but I can't wait for the cooler months to enjoy that little luxury. :-)

  4. It has been a bit too hot to sit outside but we do enjoy it when we can and I always love how Europeans really make the most of connecting for hours over a coffee or a meal. I know your table will be loved by many when you find just the right one....and such a pretty simple cloth too. Great images.

  5. I love dining al fresco! These images are so pretty!


Thanks for sharing!