Happy Summer Solstice! June 21st has arrived which means summer is officially here. When London is enjoying a summer heatwave there is no better day out then getting some friends together and enjoying a meal outdoors.  

Having that perfect English outdoor dining experience takes a little bit of preparation however. To take the stress out of organising your day in the sun we have put together a quick list of tips for al fresco dining.

Who, Where, When: Who? First things first – guestlist. How many people are you inviting? This will inform the Where? Ie whether you can fit into your garden or whether it’s best to head out into one of London’s parks. Then finally the When? Would you rather bask in the midday heat or enjoy some drinks as the sun goes down?

The Ideal Décor: It doesn’t matter if you want a simple picnic or wish to dine al fresco, some basic essentials will always be needed. There is nothing more relaxing than a rug,a few cushions, some fragrant candles, a basket of food and a Dash & Albert tote bag full of games and other essential items.

And since our Kensington Design summer sale has started with a magnificent up to 50% off, this is the perfect way to start celebrating the first official day of summer!

Set the table: The best laid plans start with the best laid tables. The first items to check off are the tableware and glassware. If there are two things that the Italian’s know how to do it is eating well and looking great while doing it. For that reason we have chosen our Virginia Casa Italica tableware range as the perfect al fresco dining set. Made in Italy, this range has an elegant simplicity designed to be enjoyed outdoors.

Compliment each place setting with some fun serving plates in the middle such as these rabbit bowls and then round off the table with some colourful glassware , both of which can be found in our summer sale.

We here at KD just love creating and inspiring dining spaces both indoors and out. With this beautiful sunshine dining outdoors needn’t be overly casual or dull. Set a beautiful table with creative tableware from the Virginia Casa Romantica range. Why not mix and match place settings to add colour and fun.

Food and Beverages: We can all agree that the true highlight of a picnic or dining Al Fresco is is the delicious food together with thirst quenching beverages. To make yours a complete hit and an event to be remembered, give the local Drive-Through a miss and skip your favourite Takeaway, in fact, pack a stylish hamper full of scrumptious sandwiches, meat or vegetable platters, salads, fruit bowls as well as other treats. If you are organising a themed picnic or event then make sure that your surroundings match perfectly. Be sure to add a splash of colour this season with a Links pouffe available in gorgeous fuschia (other beautiful colours available) with a Dash & Albert rug or try casually scattering around a few gorgeous outdoor cushions to add that extra finesse.

When life becomes hectic or somewhat tiresome, a well deserved break should definitely be on the horizon. The urge to kick back, relax and enjoy the company of our loved ones with scrumptious food, refreshing and delicious beverages in a lovely outdoor setting springs to mind. Why hesitate? Let’s take advantage of the beginning of the summer! Dine Al Fresco or pack up a picnic and really start to unwind whilst indulging in the small pleasures of life. Unlock your style with Kensington Design, we have a wide range of unique, colourful and elegant items that will most certainly add style and bring sophistication, whether you are dining Al Fresco or enjoying a picnic. To celebrate the long awaited start of the summer KD invites you to browse online or take a look in our shop at our exclusive Summer sale with a very exciting 50% off.