Guest Post: Dining al Fresco!

Thanks so much to Beth & Kristy of Design Chic for guest posting today… they always find the most lovely photographs to share with their readers. I love me some outdoor eye candy….Enjoy!

With summer in full swing and scorching days giving way to balmy, romantic nights, now is the perfect time to embrace one of our favorite things: dining al fresco!


Everything Fabulous: The perfect tablecloth simply makes a table, doesn’t it? Elegantly gathered and not too fussy, this white spread makes quite the statement. Looks like the perfect proposal spot to us! Champagne anyone?


Style Me Pretty: We all like bringing the outdoors in but bringing the indoors out? Looks like fun to us!


Cindy Rinfret Design: Whether dining indoors or out, the ambience of perfect lighting can take any evening from picnic to party. No matter what the occasion, you can’t go wrong with candlelight. We think, judging from the table, this host and hostess would tend to agree with us.


Lisa Bynon Design via House Beautiful: For some, farm to table isn’t just a social movement, it’s a way of life. If the table is already in the garden, overlooking the produce on the plate, all the better.


Deborah Jaffe Photography via Domino Magazine: Even if you can’t travel to a faraway land this spring, it’s nice to know that exotic adventures can be waiting right in your backyard.


Inspire Believe: Beautiful flowers are an outdoor dining must. We love the fresh from the garden look of these buds. Nothing is too fussy or overdone.


Ashley Whitaker Design: When it comes to outdoor dining, choosing a color scheme is key. We don’t think you can ever go wrong with a nautical navy blue and white–especially if you’re near the water.


Cindy Rinfret Design: What an idyllic brunch spot. No patio is complete without a beautiful birdhouse, and this one is simply perfect.


Telegraph Magazine: Thank you so much to Emily for allowing Design Chic to be guest bloggers today! We hope you all have a wonderful day! xo Beth and Kristy


Thanks so much, Beth & Kristy! These lovely pictures are so inspiring! I can’t wait until it cools off enough for us to start dining al fresco here in Dallas!



  • so many inspiring alfresco dreamy images! awesome post, design chic lovelies!

    emily, just discovering your beautiful blog…can you share the name of the drapery fabric in the dining room makeover? stunning job and such a brilliant use of budget.


    July 25, 2011
  • Suzanne Holder

    Beautiful pictures! Love!

    July 25, 2011
  • Michele,

    Unfortunately, I do not have the name of the fabric. If I find it, I will be sure to post it.

    Emily Hewett

    July 25, 2011
  • I just love a long table set up outside. Fun lanterns in the last photo!

    July 25, 2011
  • Great pics! I know what you mean – if only it weren’t a bazillion degrees outside, I’d totally be out there 😀

    July 25, 2011
  • Thanks for having us Emily…hope you’re having a great time!!

    July 25, 2011
  • I love every single one of these. Great post!!!!

    July 25, 2011
  • Wow- gorgeous outdoor spaces! I love the casual, chic look of the fresh flowers and lanterns. :)

    July 26, 2011
  • love the whole experience of dining al’s one of the many pleasures of summer…
    gorgeous images…

    July 27, 2011
  • Emily this is a wonderful guest post and I just saw yours at Cottage and Vine!!

    The Design Chic Gals are great!! Love, love your site!


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    July 27, 2011
  • As always, Beth and Kristy have gathered the loveliest images. Plus great tips. Bringing the indoors outside is one of my fave entertaining tricks. It completely delights people when they see carpets on the lawn, chandeliers hanging from the trees and an armoire turned into a bar.

    July 27, 2011
  • pretty pink tulips

    Such gorgeous images! I love dining al fresco and bringing the indoors outside always takes entertaining to another level.

    Here’s to cooler days for those of you in Dallas!!!
    xoxo Elizabeth

    July 27, 2011
  • Lovely photos! I’d love to dine at any of them!

    July 27, 2011
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    June 07, 2012

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