Entertaining Alfresco: Top Eats and Decoration Ideas

Move your foodie gatherings to the outdoors, treating your guests to an alfresco dining experience.

It's all about crisp garden salads, seafood, bruschetta, feta and spring greens with alfresco entertaining, with this dining style particularly popular during the warmer spring and summer months.

Alfresco translates to meaning 'outdoors' or 'open air', calling for you to whip out the BBQ, set up the drinks station and turn on the fairy lights.

Start entertaining friends and family outdoors with these top alfresco dining and decoration ideas.

Sensational starters

Begin the night with a few essential starters, with bruschetta a hot alfresco favourite. Provide your diners with a myriad of topping options including avocado and chili pepper, mediterranean tomato and feta, apple and goat cheese, and for the sweet tooths, strawberry and cream cheese.

Salads and nibbles

Alfresco cooking is simple, so you don't have to worry about slaving away in the kitchen with a lamb roast or chicken hotpot.

Prepare a mix of warm and cold salads, with three bean combinations, couscous, mint and feta, traditional Greek salad, warm beetroot and potato, and thai noodle salad with prawns some fantastic food ideas.

Don't be afraid to add more seafood in the mix, dishing up garlic and chili prawn skewers or bouillabaisse with a pot full of flavours including garlic, mussels, lobster, fish, leek and white wine.

Cool off with a bevvy

If you're hosting a party with a fair number of guests you might want to think about setting up a drinks station.

Equip your table with the essentials for delicious cooling cocktails such as limeade, strawberry margarita, watermelon cooler, green tea mojito and grape sparkler.

Light up your garden

Themed garden design can set the scene for your alfresco experience so consider intertwining fairy lights around your tree branches and shrubs.

You may also want to think about hanging globe lights above your dining area to illuminate and warm up the table when night falls.

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