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Outdoor dining for lazy summer days

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Is there anything more tranquil than a picnic on a lazy summer day, or more delicious than teri chicken or kalbi right off the grill?

The time to savor sunny days and warm nights by moving the dining room outdoors is here. Not only is outdoor dining more relaxed than indoor meals; the health benefits of being outside in the fresh air and sunshine include lower blood pressure, elevated energy, heightened concentration, and mood.

Creating an outdoor dining room is full of possibilities today, thanks to the stylish, durable and low maintenance outdoor dining table and outdoor dining chair options available. The possibilities have moved way beyond the traditional redwood picnic table or even the round wrought-iron table topped by a bright umbrella.

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Today’s durable outdoor dining tables follow indoor style trends, such as rustic reclaimed-wood looks. Photo credit: OW Lee

Photo caption: Outdoor table options include solid heartwood in a golden wood grain. Photo credit: Jensen Leisure

Outdoor table options include solid heartwood in a golden wood grain. Photo credit: Jensen Leisure

With the abundance of outdoor accessories and dinnerware available today, the only limit to how beautifully you can set your outdoor dining table is your imagination.

Photo caption: This reclaimed-wood-look table is actually durable porcelain tile. Photo credit: OW Lee

This reclaimed-wood-look table is actually durable porcelain tile. Photo credit: OW Lee

And while a candlelight dinner may be nice inside, there’s no comparison to the magic of an outdoor candlelight dinner.

Photo credit: plusroom.net

Photo credit: plusroom.net

When selecting your outdoor candle arrangement, you may want to be sure some of those candles are of the citronella variety to keep the bugs away.

When it comes to floral décor for your outdoor tabletop, nothing can beat the natural color of blooming flowers and potted plants already surrounding your outdoor dining space—just add water!

Havana Club Dining (picture not exactly as shown)

Havana Club Dining (picture not exactly as shown)

The only other thing you’ll need to create memorable outdoor dining experiences is good friends, a hearty appetite, and some great recipes for grilling out. Check out some easy grilling recipes here.  

Does this inspire you to dine outdoors?

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About Terri Dux

Besides being a writer and passionate blogger, Terri is also co-owner of a local t-shirt craft company. When not watching her favorite TV channel, HGTV, Terri likes crafting, gardening, and thrifting at neighborhood garage sales.

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