Ina Garten is still dining Al Fresco thanks to this cozy patio setup

We want to copy everything from Ina Garten's outdoor entertaining area

Rustic garden scheme by Lights4fun
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Ina Garten has recently shared an Instagram post about entertaining outdoors during the fall months, and we want to copy everything about her outdoor dining area. 

It's cozy and inviting – and very well planned for social distancing. With a few carefully thought-out detailing, it's perfectly possible to enjoy your patio or garden when the weather gets chilly. And we all know that food tastes better outdoors (well, that's our theory anyway), so why not give it a go and create your own welcoming outdoor dining nook? 

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1. Fill the table with flowers and candle to help guests feel closer

Lights4fun garden lights

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As Garten explains, spacing out chairs for social distancing can make people feel a little isolated; a great way to make them feel like they're close to each other is by filling the center of the dining table with plenty of fresh flowers and candles or lanterns. The effect is like an outdoor hearth round which the guests have gathered to spend time together. It gives the table arrangement more focus. 

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Lights4fun garden lighting

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2. Blankets and a patio heater are a must 

Oxidised Cast Iron Fire Pit With Steel Stand by Garden Leisure

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Fall is chilly! If you're planning to spend more than half an hour outdoors, you will need to keep everyone warm. Fortunately, there are ways to do this stylishly. Not all patio heaters are ugly: some look like table lamps or floor lamps and will give the outdoor area the coveted outdoor living look. Fire pits are also very useful for conjuring up a cozy atmosphere and keeping everyone warm. Mix and match blankets of different textures for a slightly boho, on-trend look. 

Garden Trading autumn garden

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3. Keep the cooking to a minimum 

garden party idea from Ikea

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If a food celebrity advises you to take it easy on the cooking front, you'd better listen up: Garten says that because serving food outdoors is more difficult than indoors, it makes sense to keep food prep to a minimum. So, think ready-made canapes, a cheese board, and a pizza or simple salad. If you have a pizza oven, you can cook homemade pizzas outdoors without needing to even turn on the oven in the kitchen. 

Making pizza with the Gozney Roccbox pizza oven

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Anna is a professional writer with many years of experience. She has a passion for contemporary home decor and gardening. She covers a range of topics, from practical advice to interior and garden design.