When we came to doing our garden we knew exactly what we wanted it to look and feel like after all our favourite holidays on the Greek islands. It’s really light and laid back with a focus on space and cooking. And as soon as the evenings start drawing out, we’re out there as much as possible! Eating alfresco is one of the ways we embrace this time of year. Such a simple thing to do and yet every time it feels so special.
By late spring onwards, most weekends we’ll either eat as a family out there or invite friends round to join us. James and I team it with the prep— he bikes off to the fishmonger or butcher while I get the salads ready (I have a growing portfolio of recipes so they’re now my ‘thing’). As soon as he’s back, the fire gets lit and everyone’s out sitting by it chatting and drinking while the food cooks.
I love dressing the garden and getting the table ready with the boys— especially if we have friends round to join us. A few extra candles lit up creates such a lovely atmosphere. I have loads of tealights in holders dotted about the place as well as some outdoor scented candles. The White Company do a gorgeous Coriander & Citronella one which smells so fresh and really elevates the summery atmosphere. They also do a Mojito fragranced candle— my favourite summer cocktail! I also find that investing in the right kind of serving dishes and bowls really brings the food to life and can make such a difference to the whole experience. I have a thing about big serving platters at the moment— they really celebrate the food!
As the evening draws to a close James will usually throw another few logs on the fire as we all sit round the table, chatting into the evening, polishing off the wine and picking at whatever dessert is left over…
Candles and tableware all from The White Company:
Large Serving Board | Small Serving Platter | Large Serving Platter | Wood Bowl | Wood Salad Servers | Dinner Plates | Glass Tumblers | Tealight Holders | Large Woven Lantern | Large Glass Lantern | Small Glass Lantern | Seat Cushions | Stripe Napkins | Woven Placemats | Mojito Candle | Outdoor Scented Candle