Outdoor Dining: Botanic Garden
Spring is finally here and as the days start to get warmer, we’re sure you’d agree that there’s nothing better than sitting outside in the sunshine. Whether you’re enjoying your morning coffee in the first rays of the day, or cocktails with friends on a relaxed weekend evening, we can help you create a lovely dining experience.
Ceramic tableware isn’t just for the dining room. We think the Botanic Garden range is the perfect tableware for eating alfresco, with its botanical illustrations sitting beautifully within your garden setting.
If hosting a large dinner for family or friends, presenting food in a tapas-style, with dishes laid out for everyone to help themselves adds a cosy informality to a get together. We love using different sized bowls for nibbles and dips, giving lots of selection and making it easier to top up as and it’s when needed.
A mixture of texture and colours on your tableware also adds a sense of joy to the table. For example, mixing our classic Botanic Garden range with our new Botanic Garden Harmony collection creates a beautiful mix and match tablescape. We love the rich, earthy tones and embossed pattern. It gives a gorgeous retro twist.
Whether you’re hosting an intimate dinner for two, a family picnic or a generous table to dine with friends, creating a comfortable setting is always key. Add comfy cushions to wooden or metal chairs and cosy throws if there is a slight chill in the air – help your guests to linger at the table for longer!
We love hanging up fairy lights and placing lanterns on the ground to light up pathways, it’s another great way to create a cosy atmosphere. Dotting outdoor solar lights amongst your shrubs and bedding plants is environmentally friendly and will add a nice subtle glow to your garden as the sun starts to set. Couple that with some throws… yes please! Fill your garden with pretty, and fragrant plants, such as sweetpeas, lavender and honeysuckle to add the perfect aromas to your relaxing space.
Summertime calls out for BBQ’s and outdoor pizza ovens. Here at Portmeirion we think they’re such fun alternatives to cooking in the kitchen. Picnics are also a firm favourite of ours, with easy finger foods, such as sandwiches, pork pies and sausage rolls being top of our shopping list - along with fresh cream cakes and jam-filled scones of course. The perfect summer afternoon get-together!
Creating a beautiful outdoor space for dining doesn’t have to be hard work. It’s all about creating a space that you’re comfortable in and that helps you enjoy precious moments with family and friends.
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