Al Fresco Winter Banqueting

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When did the weather ever stop us from dining outside?

The sun may have set on summer but winter wonderland is just around the corner – and part of the most social season for the year.

Taking inspiration from some of London’s most coveted winter al-fresco dining hot spots, there’s simply no excuse to abandon the great outdoors for the favourable climate of your home.

Impress your dinner guests with some of these ideas, and you’ll be the talking point of the town.

Cover Up

Think beyond your traditional garden terrace and opt for a covering that will banish away the weather and give your guests a comfortable hide-away.

Wigwams and and Tepees are taking over Pinterest, and for a completely appropriate reason – they make the ideal covering for keeping out of the winter weather whilst still enjoying the solace of the great outdoors.

Who can’t resist snuggling away with a spiced pumpkin cider listening to the gentle rain drops pattering against the canvas, whilst nestling your feet in the luxe-faux fur rugs.

Get Cosy

Comfort is key to any outside entertaining, and there’s simply nothing worse than guests who look and feel a little uncomfortable.

Invest in over-sized cushions and thick woollen blankets so that your guests can sit back and relax without feeling the chill of the evening.

Allowing your garden to remain open for socialising will give your guests a much needed breath of fresh air and give you the opportunity to enjoy your garden even when you’re not being the hostess with the mostess!

Light the Fire

Chimineas or campfires, no matter which you prefer it’s essential you have a heat source that can keep your guests warm well into the evening.

Lighting candles and hanging tea lights will enhance the outside atmosphere to feel warm, and your guests will love the mystical setting that you’ve created.

Have a Fabulous Feast

Food is the reason we all come together, and with so many occasions looming in winter, offering some delicious delicacies will fill your guests belly full of fabulous food and make them glow from the outside in.

Take inspiration from Jamie Oliver’s festival feasts and adapt your BBQ to have a portable extraction fan to avoid any overwhelming smoke taking over the marquee.

Putting on a banquet of rich foods such as chocolate fondues, grilled steak sandwiches and a variety of luxury marshmallows for melting over the fire, will give your guests tastes buds a satisfying apres ski dinner.

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