Dining All'aperto Al Fresco, Italian Style

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You know the time of day when the heat begins to die down and you are left with a sweet lull of a summer breeze? Ahhh the comfort of a warm summer evening. Why not make the most of the extra sunlight and take the dinner party outside?

Here at Danzante we want you to live Italia every day. In our very first blog post we share with you some of our favorite recipes, entertaining tips and wine cocktails to make sure your al fresco dining party has just the right amount of Italian flare.

We would love to see how you dine al fresco with friends and family. Be sure to tag us @danzantewines and use #liveitalia for a chance to have your photos featured on one of our pages.

The Ambiance

Setting the mood for your party is just as important as the food and drink. Work with what you have. If you have a vibrant garden, choose like colors to make the flowers shine. If your outdoor area is mostly green, accent with whites or softer shades to brighten the foliage.

Keep things light and airy by dressing your table in light hues that complement the outside scenery. Ditch the table cloth for a more rustic feel or use a simple table runner.

Add a pop of color in center pieces, placemats or napkins. Choose a vibrant color or pattern, such as magenta or teal to give your table a touch of fun.

Paper lanterns are playful day and night. Hang from nearby trees or overhangs, light them at dusk to keep the party going.

Make place cards that double as tiny planters out of your old wine corks. Use a drill to create a hole in one end. Fill with a small amount of soil and place a beautiful succulent or air plant inside. Let your guests take them home as a reminder of the fabulous evening they had.

The Menu

These simple, light dishes will surely please a crowd. The dishes below can be prepared and refrigerated in advance so they will be ready when you are. Skip the formal plating, serve in large bowls and platters so your guests can dine family style.

Check out our other delicious recipes and cocktails to wow your dinner party with.