HOW DO YOU DO AL FRESCO?

Summer is on its way, the days are getting a bit longer, the air is feeling a bit warmer, the mood is lighter. One of the best things about summer is being able to enjoy more time outside, on your patio or in the garden. Make the most of this time with a few breakfast, lunch or dinner parties al fresco.

THE BREAKFAST

Whether it is a late breakfast with the kids on the weekends or just a quick coffee and toast before work during the week, there is something so special about taking the first meal of the day outdoors.

Breakfast should be no fuss and easy. Think fresh croissants from your favourite bakery down the road and a good coffee made in your Breville Barista Express or if you have lots of people over, made the simple way in your Baccarat coffee plunger. Perfect your easy pancake recipe on your favourite pancake pan and serve with a selection of toppings like fresh banana, berries, syrup, bacon and mascarpone cheese.

Don’t forget some fresh homemade juice. The Breville Cold Fountain is easy to use and comes with a 2l store in fridge jug so you can make juice for the whole family and serve it chilled.

THE LUNCH

Summer outdoor lunches may start early but they can go on for as long as you wish. Just sit back and enjoy the company and warm sun on your skin.

Set everything out on your outside dining table, the Corsica dining table is perfect for big family lunches. Spend some time before or after lunch lazing on your new Salista outdoor sofa.

Keep a jug or decanter of fresh, chilled juice or fruit infused water. These blue glass tumblers are perfect for top ups throughout the day. For the food, keep it casual with platters of fresh salads, boards filled with cheeses, meats and breads.

Make the occasion light and fun with Moroccan inspired platters and bowls or a few eco-friendly bamboo bowls and plates.

THE DINNER

Outdoor entertaining in the evening can be a magical affair. Think hanging hurricane lamps, glass votive candle holders and candles, and fairy lights.

Start the evening with a few cocktails to be enjoyed as the sun goes down. The Sohana gold cocktail shaker will add a bit of easy glamour to the occasion. Keep a few bottles of bubbly chilled with this champagne tub.

Dinner can be a mix of warm comforting roasts or bakes such as your family’s delicious potato bake done in your best Jamie Oliver roaster and some fresh salads and sides. Light up the fire and have a few drinks as you braai. Get the full al fresco dinner experience with a beautiful set of crockery, cutlery and wine glasses.

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