Eating outside is a refreshing and exciting experience. Its a great way to enjoy an evening with family and friends while getting a load of fresh air. Plus, there is no chance that you will end up eating in front of the television without proper conversation.
If you have been curious about setting up an outdoor dining room but are concerned about missing the comforts of eating inside consider the following ways to create the perfect outdoor dining experience.
Its important to plan for adequate lighting whenever enjoying a delicious meal outside. Since dinner usually takes place during the early evening the sun can set fairly quick which may leave you in the dark. You may find yourself scrambling for a couple candles or a string of lights. Prepare ahead of time so that all you have to do is flick on a switch when its pitch black out.
Perfect Outdoor Lighting Solutions
String these up like you would Christmas lights just above the outdoor dining area. They produce more light than traditional string lights and produce a warm and relaxing glow.
Oil tiki torches can burn for hours and hours without needing to be refilled. They also add a warm flickering light to the area. Surround the dining area with multiple torches to flood the space with light but keep them far enough back so that you don't accidently knock it over.
Solar lights take the energy from the sun to charge a battery that automatically turns on once it gets dark. They produce a dimmer light that's perfect for lining a path way to and from the dining table.
Keep the Bugs at Bay
Nasty biting bugs can ruin an outdoor dining experience in 2 seconds flat. They can get so bad that they force you inside for the rest of the evening and may turn you off from wanting to ever step outside again. Stockpile your bug resistant products to keep them at bay.
Closable Bug Screen
An outdoor dining shelter with closable screens will allow you to block out the nasty bugs that love to come out at dusk. A shelter will also provide some shade and act as a wind blocker.
Use citronella candles to repel mosquitos and other bugs. If possible choose one with all natural ingredients as these are less likely to irritate your nose.
Place a bug zapper a little distance away from the dining area to draw bugs away. You wont be able to hear the zapping and you will have less pests to bug you.
Comfortable Patio Furniture
Comfy chairs, squishy cushions and a sturdy table will set your outdoor dining room apart from the rest. You will be able to comfortably enjoy a meal without an aching back or numb butt. Proper protection from the elements is a must. If you live in a very warm climate make sure to include an umbrella or another form of shade or if there is a great possibility of rain make sure to include a roof structure above.
Improvise a way to shade your outdoor dining table from the glaring sun and intense heat with either an umbrella or a tarp system.
Its necessary to find comfortable patio furniture that properly fits your space. Don't try to overcrowd your patio with large over stuffed chairs as it may feel tight and claustrophobic.