Building & Renovating

5 Outdoor Areas Perfect For Al Fresco Dining

Bring the dining experience outside with these styling ideas

Photography: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions (Main Photo)

There's something about al fresco dining that makes sharing a meal with family and friends more fun. However, taking the party to the patio takes a lot of work—you need comfortable seating, a lush garden, and even one-of-a-kind decor. To help you out, we've put together five outdoor spaces that you can as pegs for your own lanai: 

To extend your main living space and dining area, consider adding extra seating in the lanai—this will help give the impression that the space is larger than it really is. Don't forget to add extra ventilation to keep the space cool even on humid days. 

Style your own private park in the comforts of your backyard with lush foliage and fresh blooms. Consider adding a cozy bench with bright-colored throw pillows where your guests can enjoy long conversations under the sun. 

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Are you a part of a big family? If so, it's best to move the shindig to a bigger space. Spend Sunday afternoons with your cousins and godchildren over merienda in an outdoor dining area surrounded by hanging planters and sleek patio seats. 

RL Tip: If you want garden greens with a pop of color, try making your own Macrame planters! Click here for a step-by-step guide.

Don't let open spaces go to waste. Even if it isn't where a proper lanai should be, maximize the extra space into a functional area with the addition of simple key pieces such as a dining table or statement decor pieces that don't fit inside the home. 

For those who love holding weekend cookouts, it's best to invest in an expandable wooden table and chairs. These high-quality pieces will last you longer than your ordinary monoblock furniture. 

RL Tip: For a wide selection of outdoor furniture, drop by any True Value branch. 

PHOTOS: Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions (Main, 3) | Jun Pinzon | Miguel Nacianceno (3, 4)  

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