The Summer Dining Room

Open-air dining is a rite of the summer season. Sparklers, corn-on-the cob, strawberry shortcake and Fourth of July parades remind us that summer has arrived. And, with the arrival of summer the most important question on everyone’s mind is when are we going to start the grill? We all enjoy the casualness of a picnic with the convenience of our close-at-hand kitchen. Everything should be relaxed and easy. Design your menu around fresh ingredients; such as homegrown fruits and vegetables from your local farmer’s market. Keep your recipes simple.

Go to flea markets and yard sales and keep a lookout for vintage linens & quilts for table covers and vintage glasses to decorate your outdoor dining room. Mix elegant touches of silver with your new found treasures and don’t forget to mix all of these with humble ones, such as Mason jars or Vermont sap buckets filled with fresh picked flowers and mismatched cottage chairs. If you don’t have electric lighting outside, use glass hurricanes, lanterns or even candlelit chandeliers to add a glow.

The summer color scheme is an opportunity for fun, so use your colorful pillows, checkered tablecloths and napkins to lend a nostalgic feel. Also, many of today’s new outdoor fabrics are easy-care and fade & mildew resistant.

Dining outside is one pleasure that all ages can enjoy. Take advantage of it and surround yourself in Mother Nature’s beauty and don’t forget to recycle!

Tip submitted by:

Ann Marie Green, IRN

Room Revision, Media, PA