How to enjoy dining alfresco at home this summer  

What better way to make the most of the warmer weather than by dining fireside in your garden with your loved ones?  
Follow these simple tips to create a cosy outdoor eating area at home and recreate a restaurant-quality dining experience in your garden. 


Top tip 1: Choose an elegant and stylish dining set 

The centrepiece of your outdoor dining area should be a timeless table and chair set that suits the size of your garden and will provide ample seating for your guests.  
At Aldiss, you can find a wide range of seating sets capable of hosting between two to six people, and more.  
For large gardens, the Panama six-seat dining set is ideal for hosting a refined dinner party. For a more casual affair, consider the Panama corner set or the Panama lounge set, which includes a comfortable three-seat sofa, two armchairs and a coffee table.  
In less spacious areas, you could consider the Panama four-seat dining set, and for balconies or small patios, the Panama bistro set is perfect for creating a cosy and romantic setting, for you and your partner to dine at.  




Top tip 2: Select garden furniture that can remain outside throughout the year 

To ensure your garden furniture lasts and to save you the hassle of needing to store pieces indoors or using up limited shed space, pick a material that is weatherproof and durable.  
Each piece from the Panama collection is built from weather-net mesh for extra comfort, easy cleaning and effective weather resistance. The dining sets are crafted with robust aluminium framing that is UV and frost-resistant, ensuring your garden furniture remains looking its best for longer.  
You should also purchase a lightweight furniture cover. We offer a range of high-quality, eco-friendly outdoor furniture covers, in a range of sizes, making it easy to find one that’s a perfect fit for your table and chairs. This will help protect them against water, dirt and dust.  




Top tip 3: Don’t forget to purchase a crank and tilt parasol to stay safe in the sun 

To prevent any potential sunburn or dehydration this summer, it’s a good idea to ensure your outdoor seating area is well-shaded. A crank and tilt parasol will allow you to adjust the parasol to the correct height and position, depending on where the sun is at any given point in the day.  
We’d also recommend picking up a weighted solid base – this will guarantee that even on a blustery day, your parasol stays in place.  



Top tip 4: Add garden accessories to create a welcoming dining area 

Explore our range of garden accessories, including outdoor cushions, rugs, planters and dinnerware to add a personal touch to your outdoor living space and make it somewhere you can feel at home.  
Our top pick for your garden tabletop is a Cosiscoop fire lantern. This will add ambience and keep you warm throughout the summer evenings. The lanterns come in a range of colours, will burn for up to six hours and can be easily lit with a taper or candle lighter. Why not consider placing several of them throughout your garden to create a truly magical atmosphere?  



Find everything you need to create a sensational outdoor living space by browsing our website or visiting our stores in Fakenham and Norwich.

Posted by Alex Dagg 18th April 2023

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