Dining Al Fresco: The Essentials

Dining Al Fresco is the perfect way to enjoy a meal during the summer months. Chill some wine, whip up tasty summer dishes and enjoy the sunsets in the garden, by the harbor, or at the beach.

Here are a few of my favorites this season for stylish dining under the stars.

The Pour
Rose's are the hottest thing from Cannes to California and its the perfect pour for warm weather Al fresco gatherings. My choice this season is Goldeneye 2011 Vin Gris of Pinot Noir. Crisp and delightful with hints of grapefruit, strawberry, and watermelon. Divine!

Casual and fun, these seagrass tumblers are a great way to jazz up your outdoor entertaining tableware. From Acme party box.

Table Talk
Add a bit of cool tropic tones to your table. Perfect to dress up for a dinner party or for a casual afternoon by the pool. The best part; they are easy to wipe clean. Carousel Placemats Havana Placemat Tropic. From home James!

Get the natural look with light toned Bamboo flatware. they add the perfect exotic touch to the table. Juliska Bamboo natural place setting.

Layer it on with this gorgeous eye-catching ikat is an optical feast for your party-before dinner is served! Melamine Ikat Salad Plate, CWonder.

Accent the blues and set your table with lush turquoise and rich colors of handcrafted ceramics without the worry of breakage. I like La Med Melamine Dinner Plates from William Sonoma.

Starry Nights
I use these lights to illuminate they create a perfect ambiance, a wonderful golden glow. String them along and you'll linger outdoors all summer long. I like Terrazzo Outdoor Lights from Napa Style.