There are challenges to living in the country.
The closest Target is an hour away.
The electricity goes off on a regular basis when there are storms.
The cows moo when you’re trying to take a Facebook Live outside.
But all that fades.
All that disappears.
All that seems so insignificant when you sit at a table like this.
On behalf of the country….
1. Cut flowers from your yard to decorate the table.
You’re already outside. The flowers are right around the corner.
Just snip off a few blooms or greenery or leaves or branches or whatever your yard tells you to.
2. Choose sturdy non-matching seating
You are outside.
The grass and trees don’t care if your chairs match.
When we eat in the backyard, everyone just grabs a chair and head outside.
Every eater for him (or her) self.
3. Bring along music
Nothing fancy, just a cell phone.
Stream music or just play from your playlist.
It’s amazing how a little music makes the corn taste better.
4. Use dish towels as linens
I’ve tried paper outside before and it just blows away.
Dish towels are a great option.
Then I use them to clean up the table afterward.
5. Create an overhead display
This is reserved for fancy parties only.
It takes a little work, but it’s so worth it.
I took an old tray O had with holes on the sides, hung it from jute twine and then just filled it with greenery from the yard.
6. Add outdoor games
I always want to talk after dinner.
My teenagers don’t.
With a little planning, I have outdoor games ready for them like horseshoes or croquet or whiffle ball to play after dinner.
More talking time for me.
7. Simple white dishes are a great option
I love white dishes.
They go with everything.
Especially the country.
8. Think fresh
There’s just something about eating fresh vegetables outside that reminds me of summer.
Shop farmer’s markets, roadside stands or even the organic section of the grocery store for the freshest options around.
That’s what’s great about the country…
….we have corn coming out our ears here (pun totally intended).
9. Add a few throws and pillows
I love adding a couple of throws in a basket.
That way if it gets chilly as the sun goes down, you can just wrap up.
It’s a great way to encourage more talking.
Don’t stress. Don’t worry.
That’s the joy of eating outside.
If something spills, there’s no need to clean it up.
Just sit back, relax and enjoy family and friends and dancing sunlight….
….and all that conversation. 🙂