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    Written by David Ryan

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    Written by David Ryan

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    Written by David Ryan

Create a Romantic Dining Experience in your own Back Garden

24th March 2014

Dining al fresco is a great experience that many loved up couples love the idea of trying for the ultimate romantic foodie experience. Especially with summer approaching, our gardens are back in use, so why not make this romantic haven in your own back yard?

After all, restaurants with a nice outdoor area charge loads just to have that experience, so why not create it yourself? You’ll get added privacy, too! We’ve come up with a few ideas for putting together the most perfect romance spot in your very own back garden.

GET THE SETTING RIGHT

Setting up the table (or picnic blanket – whichever floats your boat!) in the right area is key for getting the whole mood right. You can take all the steps to make it as sweet as possible, but if you’re struggling to see each other past the kids’ swing set or are battling wasps next to the massive flower bed, it may quickly lose its appeal. Aim for a secluded area that’s a bit more private. If you’re garden is small or you do have lots of the kid’s stuff around, at least give everything a tidy so it feels serene.

SET THE MOOD WITH CAREFUL LIGHTING

Lighting is imperative when making a romantic atmosphere, so choose the lights carefully. Anything too bright will feel harsh, but something too dark will mean you can barely see each other, especially as it gets darker! Go for something that will give off a soft and gentle light, whilst also visually appealing, like solar lanterns for the garden. Lanterns are the ultimate romantic mood lighting option and solar ones are great for the environment as well as your bank balance.

USE FEMININE FABRICS

Pay homage to your setting by using floral detailing like pretty, feminine cushions and throws to create a real sense of femininity and romance. We love the ones available from Zara Home like this one as they just ooze romance but in a classy, elegant way. Keep things comfortable too with padded cushions so you can get all comfy and cosy.

MAKE USE OF YOUR GARDEN'S NATURAL ELEMENTS

As well as using the prints of your garden as mentioned above, why not actually use certain elements from it to help set the tone? Pick some of your other half’s favourite flowers from your garden and display them in a pretty mason jar, or use things like ivy and twigs as a usual centre piece. You could put fairly lights round them too to make it even prettier.

…AND OF COURSE - THE FOOD!

Getting the food right is of course important for the whole evening. As you’ll be eating outside, aim to keep things simple as you will want something that won’t be ruined if it gets a little colder. Lots of little portions of things are often a good idea when eating outside as it keeps things moving and would add an extra romantic element to the evening too.

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