Tips for dining al fresco (1908)

Note: This article may feature affiliate links to Amazon or other companies, and purchases made via these links may earn us a small commission at no additional cost to you. Find out more here.

Dining outdoors

An outdoor dining room is a great luxury and is not always difficult to arrange.

A portion of the piazza which is secluded should be screened off and enclosed in wire mesh. In most sections of the country, this is necessary to comfort on account of flies, though in olden days in the south a small colored boy with a long peacock feather brush was considered a satisfactory substitute. A round rustic table which will look well at all times and be useful for other purposes and simple piazza chairs are the only essential furnishings.

In order to insure privacy, a natural screen of vines is attractive, or one of Japanese matting which will roll like a shade may be used. Doilies instead of a cloth should be used on the table, and a bowl of fresh flowers should always stand in the center.


Image: Dining outdoors with friends from Farmer’s boy, courtesy NYPL

More stories you might like

See our books

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Because the fun never ends:

Join the fun

Don’t miss out on the latest and greatest vintage stuff!

Sign up for our free weekly newsletter here.