We all want to make the most of the brief moments of sun we get, with few things more satisfying than a nice meal outside. Here are some outdoor dining tips to make your alfresco eating a success!
1. Keep the insects away
Flies buzzing around your food are one thing, but mosquitos and biting insects are quite another. Ward them off as the night closes in with citronella candles.
2. Clean up your mess
Another vital tip for keeping the bugs at bay is to quickly mop up any spilled food or drink. This will stop it attracting unwanted flies to your table.
3. Counter the evening chill
Even on the most baking hot days, once the sun goes down your patio can begin to get a little nippy. Prolong your evening with some added warmth from an outdoor heater.
4. Light it up
Chances are you want to see what you’re eating. Create an intimate illumination with some tealights or candles on the table to keep things visible long into the night.
5. Turn the power on
If you’re eating out past sundown on a regular basis, think about installing some permanent lighting. Hanging LED lights in your parasol or floodlights on the wall are perfect.
6. Add a little greenery
Planting around your seating area can provide both natural shade and the warmth that comes form an enclosed space. Trail some climbing plants around a pergola for an easy dining enclave.
7. Shelter from the heat
We hope these tips can help you make the most of eating outdoors this summer. Do let us know if you have any more advice!
George works in the Primrose marketing team. As a lover of all things filmic, he also gets involved with our TV ads and web videos.
George’s idea of the perfect time in the garden is a long afternoon sitting in the shade with a good book. A cool breeze, peace and quiet… But of course, he’s usually disturbed by his energetic wire fox terrier, Poppy!
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