Summertime means it’s warm enough to enjoy  a delicious dinner outside with your friends. Start with a fresh breeze, a green backdrop and the right guests and you’re on your way to a great gathering. But what if you’re tired of hosting your usual get-together and instead want to create a memorable outdoor meal?

When you feel like adding touches of La Dolce Vita to your backyard, don’t worry, you won’t need to hire an Italian event planner. A few simple well-designed additions to your patio can transform a boring backyard into Italian-style elegant garden. Here are our 10 top picks for a chic update.

Kartell

Kartell

Dune Tray KARTELL | $ 85.00

With its soft wave-like effect, Kartell’s Dune Tray creates a bold background for your food presentation.

 

Guzzini

Guzzini

Mirage Glasses GUZZINI | $ TBD

The Mirage Glasses created in high quality plastic by Guzzini are the result of a collaboration with young Venetian designer Luca Nichetto.

 

Guzzini

Guzzini

Belle Epoque Acrylic Plates GUZZINI | € 27.00

With its flower-like shape, the Belle Epoque dinner plate by Guzzini adds a distinctive and elegant touch to your outdoor table.

 

Alessi

Alessi

Zlin Cutlery Set ALESSI | $ 14.00

Originally intended for use by airlines, the Zlin flatware set is has an appealing design that gives your dinner an extra edge, while being sturdy enough to withstand outdoor use.

 

Alessi

Alessi

A Tempo Wire Fruit Basket ALESSI | $ 43.75

The Tempo Wire Fruit Basket is made from stainless steel, which is perfect  for both indoors and outdoors. The unique minimal two-tier design by Pauline Deltour saves table space and has a wire form that creates optical effects.

 

Kartell

Kartell

Masters Chair KARTELL | $ 269.00

Designed by Philippe Stark and Eugeni Quitllet, the dynamic polycarbonate curves of Kartell’s Masters chair keep you comfortable while serving as a statement piece.

 

Desalto

Desalto

Helsinki Outdoor Table DESALTO | $ TBD

The Helsinki Outdoor Table has a simple outline inspired by nordic design that will stand out in your garden as well as on your terrace. Made of light and resistant aluminum, Helsinki is available in several sizes – the largest being 10 ft in length – to accommodate all of your party guests.

 

Foscarini

Foscarini

Solar Outdoor Floor Light FOSCARINI | $ 1,575.00

Opposed to simply a lamp, the Solar lamp by Jean Marie Massaud for Foscarini is both a light and a table. It can provide different atmospheres and effects according to its position.

 

Steel Cucine

Steel Cucine

Green Barbecue STEEL CUCINE | £ 2349.00

Made of steel and wood, this modern style barbecue is elegant and suitable for all environments.

 

Cagis

Cagis

Formentera Gazebo CAGIS | $ TBD

The Formentera Gazebo, produced by the Italian brand Cagis is the perfect solution for a design garden. Made of polycarbonate, the floral patterned gazebo shelters from the rain and the sun while producing a fun play of shadows.

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