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Outdoor dining ideas: set an inviting spring table

Eating alfresco always feels special. ‘For parties and formal occasions, I like decorating my big table outside,’ says food blogger Yvonne. ‘Actually, I love any excuse for getting the family together and eating!’ If you feel the same way, try following her decorative outdoor dining ideas…

An outdoor dining table dressed with tableware, glassware and food.
An outdoor dining table dressed with tableware, glassware and food.
I like to keep things really simple when I decorate the table. It can still look impressive!

Yvonne, food blogger, Belgium

DECORATE WITH FOOD

‘Food can be so decorative and beautiful,’ says Yvonne. ‘Adding pomegranate to salads makes them look fantastic.’ Liven up any table with a rainbow-coloured meal, and get your guests excited about the look, as well as the taste, of the food!

FRESH TWISTS

Add unusual extras to everyday things. Drop a few fresh mint leaves into a bottle of water and then leave in the fridge for an hour or so to chill and infuse with flavour.

KEEP IT SIMPLE

‘Our colour scheme, based around shades of white and cream, gives our home a timeless tranquillity,’ says Yvonne. ‘I add hints of colour or classic patterns – like floral or gingham – to make the style feel individual.’

MIX AND MATCH TEXTILES

Instead of covering your table with just one cloth, try layering a few complementary fabrics, in different sizes or with different patterns. And remember to add comfy cushions to hard, wooden chairs.

VINTAGE AND MODERN

Mixing traditional-looking products – like plates with ornate edges – with simple modern serveware helps the table feel laid-back and natural. ‘It’s less formal if it doesn’t look too perfect!’ says Yvonne.

    STEP OUTSIDE

    Yvonne loves gathering friends and family for an outdoor feast in the garden. Watch her video for more ideas on how to create the perfect alfresco setting.

    Old lengths of wood rested on IKEA trestle legs are a great way to make a table for lots of people. And it packs away easily if you need to save space

    Yvonne

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    Photography: Chris Everard
    Styling: Sam Grigg

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