Make the Most of the Outdoors
Spring is just the most delightful time of year. The flowers are out, the sun is shining, the birds are tweeting and the nights are getting longer – so it’s time to stop hibernating, come out from under your duvet and kick-start your social life back into action!
There is something wonderful about al fresco living, the relaxed informality of it all. It’s a great way to catch up with friends, whether it’s over a cup of tea and a delicious slice of cake, a lovely long lazy Sunday lunch in the garden, or a barbecue for all the gang. Enjoying a beautiful sunset with a glass of something chilled in your hand surely has to be one of life’s greatest pleasures.
But eating outside doesn’t have to mean a rickety plastic table and paper plates. Try the Auckland dining set – available in four and six seater versions, it’s perfect for intimate affairs with a few friends.
And for larger gatherings, you can simply pull up a few more chairs! If you love an informal feel round the table, try the Cayman five piece set; it’s in a beautiful grey weave and comes with a gorgeously comfy corner sofa, perfect for snuggling up or squishing everyone in. The accompanying footstools also double as stools for extra seating.
Set the mood with some lovely lighting. The shabby chic look is as popular as ever, with glass bottles and wooden lanterns being key pieces – and a great way to brighten up your table with very little effort! Try the bell jar tea light holders, available in different sizes, or the natural wood and glass lantern, which, with its elegant details, will add a touch of class to any occasion.
It’s a good idea to remember that with British weather even the sunniest of days may not guarantee a warm evening once the sun goes down, so have some blankets and throws ready to stave off the chills of the evening.
Wrapping up in a snuggly fleece throw, available in a variety of colours, and watching the mesmeric candle flames dancing while you sip your drink and nibble on the leftovers, is simply enchanting. Spring is a special thing, make the most of it.