This is the ultimate summer indulgence. How often do you think about having a garden party, or maybe a fun dinner surrounded by plants, with a backdrop of a greenhouse? I do, yes I think I am that weird. But, with all the weirdness going on in the world, attempting to create dreamy spots in my yard, or fun events for my kids is kind of becoming a priority. So today I want to share my most recent summer dining ideas, and this time we are summer dining in the garden.
When I built my greenhouse this spring, I had big plans. I knew that I wanted to use the greenhouse for more than just growing plants. I wanted it to be a focal point in my garden. With a rock walkway leading right to it, and garden beds flanking both sides, it is a wonderful place to work and grow stuff. But, its also a great place to create a fun and unique summer dinner.
Unique Summer Dining Ideas
Dining outdoors in the summertime can happen just about anywhere. Its kind of what is great about being outdoors. But you want to consider weather, temperature and pests.
I love dining outdoors and creating unique places in my backyard that we can enjoy the night, the food and the company and still feel like we are doing something fun and new.
When my greenhouse was about half done being built, I saw this scene in my head.
I knew I wanted to create a place in my garden where we could sit out and enjoy the works of our labors, eat and watch the sun set. I also wanted to be able to use the greenhouse as a place to hold a buffet of sorts. How nice to be able to sit out in the garden, and serve yourself from inside the greenhouse. Everything within arms reach, no trecking back and forth to the house, just so much fun.
On this night, we had greek chicken souvlaki sandwiches. I used the greenhouse as the place to set up all the food. It worked out so well! I have a place to serve the food and a place to sit and enjoy it, all in one spot. Granted I did have to move the table from the patio for a time, but the kids already are obsessed with eating here!
We have pumpkins growing on the left side of the greenhouse, and tomatoes to the right.
You can see their rustic tomato cages in the image above. Everything growing along, while we enjoy the space as a family.
Do you see that pink mountain in the background? That is the Escalante Mountain, a very iconic image here, and its my view from my garden.
Just a couple more images of this spot, because I love that I can see the mountain behind the greenhouse.
Setting an outdoor table for dining
I love to set up my tables in unique but simple ways when entertaining outdoors. I also like to keep it inexpensive and use things around my house. So, I rounded up some of my flower pots from the garden, along with some wooden candlesticks and a piece of drop cloth and BOOM, instant centerpiece.
I love the twinkle lights in the background, the contrast of the black planters and the texture of the drop cloth on the table.
I took so many different images, and I feel like I need to share them all!
I love how all these buildings work together and compliment each other!
This spot could not be more perfect for a get together, a party, or just simple outdoor dining for the family.
As the sun began to set, we finished our night with a bowl of ice cream.
Its all so dreamy in my opinion.
With al the craziness in the world, we are lucky enough to be able to quiet some of it, even if just for a night.
Just enjoy each other and the area around us.
I am so grateful to be home with my family and to be able to do these kinds of fun nights, share them with you, and hopefully give you inspiration for something that you’ve been wanting to do.
I am trying to focus on the good and making nights like this is truly a good thing.
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- How to Fill a Raised Garden Bed and Save on Soil
- Farmhouse Outdoor Garden Tour
- New Garden Art Printable
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