Tips for Amazing Outdoor Living & Alfresco DiningServing ideas for Alfresco Dining from The Just Slate Company

There is no better summer feeling than being outdoors with friends making the most of the sunshine, the longer days, and the opportunity to dine alfresco in true style. When the temperature outside is just right, a delightful outdoor gathering is always on the menu. If you plan on holding a casual outdoor affair then you have come to the right place as here at Just Slate we have a fabulous range of tableware and serveware all perfect in helping create the right ambiance. Read more on how you can make your alfresco experience truly stylish. 

 Oddly charming furniture

Whether you are going to host huge parties or small intimate gatherings, you will have to consider the type of furniture you are going to use for your summer event. Furniture that is light and easy to move around is ideal for outdoor events. This is why using collapsible tables and stacking chairs are ideal for  dining outside. Our favourite tip for creating a unique and memorable setting is to use odd pieces of furniture, bringing together different textures and styles (and guaranteed to look great in photos!)

 Gold Serving Bowl from Just SlateMix it up on the table top

Now that you’ve got an idea of the type of furnishings you are going to use for your event, it’s time to focus on the serveware and accessories. Again, the best thing about an alfresco event is that you don’t have to use matching serveware, mixing-up styles will give your event a more laid-back vibe. Our extremely cute 3 Heart Stoneware Nesting Bowls and luscious Gold Serving Bowl are just two contemporary styles The Just Slate Company has ready to help you succeed first time.

The best part about using serveware accessories is that they can instantly add style to any table. Not only are bowls important items of tableware for outdoor dining - since they can hold crisps, biscuits, fruits and an assortment of other delicacies - but adding stylish items, such as the Stoneware and Mango Wood Bowl & Paddle Set also double as great talking points to entertain your guests.

 Kick back with colourBowl and Paddle serving set for outside dining from Just Slate

By now you will have noticed that Alfresco dining does not have to be a formal affair. You can keep things light and laidback by adding a pop of colour to your outdoor event. Whether you’re using melamine tableware or a grand Gold Serving Bowl that oozes quality, you can get them in the latest monochrome shades and include bright patterned cushions or table decorations to pep up your event.

Don’t just restrict yourself to sandwiches and salad; include a barbecue to your summer dining event, and even toasting marshmallows, and other small goodies that can be displayed in the 3 Heart Stoneware Nesting Bowls we mentioned earlier which have been designed to serve small nibbles, sauces and deserts at any event. The Stoneware and Mango Wood Bowl & Paddle Set is again another option if you’re looking to add a touch of class to your alfresco dining experience this summer with the help of The Just Slate Company.

 Rhubarb and Gin CocktailDefining alfresco

The phrase alfresco is borrowed from Italian for "in the cool [air]", and in recognition of this our final tip for a successful alfresco event is to create a shaded area outdoors. Having some control over the summer heat is crucial, especially when there is temperature unpredictability in the air (see what we did there?). If the temperature rises, you and your guests are going to be searching for some shade. To keep the event outdoors, make sure you can create enough shade for both you and your guests. The traditional gazebo is always an option for small and large outdoor spaces but by far our favourite and most stylish solution is the colourful fabric sail, a popular and simple solution that can be created using items found around the home and garden and is easily personalised to match the textures, shapes and colours of your furniture and serveware.

 To see the full range of products available then why not visit us here at The Just Slate Company.