Alfresco Entertaining with Bea Lambos

Alfresco - one word that we hang onto as we shuffle through winter days. The dream of outdoor meals in the open air with friends and family is worth dreaming and waiting for. And now that the warmth is finally here, it’s time to unleash all things Summer!

What’s your go-to style secret for Alfresco Entertaining?

Simple but beautiful is my styling mantra for entertaining outside. The garden is usually looking it’s best at this time of year so position your table and seating in spots that look and smell good! Setting the mood first instantly gets your guests excited even before the food and drinks are revealed!

Any tips for working with colour and pattern at the table?

Set your table to suit the event – a BBQ will need different styling compared to a special birthday celebration. Colour and pattern will help to keep the table festive so don’t hold back. A strong patterned or coloured tablecloth is a great way to set the scene; add a different palette with your tableware, glassware and napkins. Inevitably, it’s a novelty for us to sit outside when summer hits, so don’t hold back and remember to keep things fun!

What about props and florals?

Florals are always a big part of my outdoor table. And if you want to be practical, try small potted plants or jugs of herbs from the garden – these will smell good and be handy for the cocktail making too. Candles and a lamp can be an added night time addition to the table; they look pretty and create a relaxing mood for all.

How do you plan to set your table this Christmas?

Adding usual indoor things to my outside scene is something I love to add to the Christmas table. Cushions, lamps, candles and beautiful napery are in the plan for my own table at home on Christmas Eve with family. This year I plan to make it mighty with clashing stripes and floral and complete with an abundance of mismatched flowers in vessels of different heights and colours. 2021 has been gloomy so it’s time to celebrate and set the scene for a brighter year ahead!

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