Pinterest Contest: What's Your Outdoor Dining Dream? by

Issue 63 · Do-It-Yourself · March 12, 2013

Pinterest Contest: What's Your Outdoor Dining Dream?

Issue 63 · Do-It-Yourself · March 12, 2013

During my grad school years in Boulder, Colorado, two things kept me healthy and sane: hiking and meals with my friends Andy and Elaine. If weather allowed, we dined outdoors. Now that I live in urban LA, I often close my eyes and revisit those picnics. With spring (and al fresco dining) on the horizon, you're probably daydreaming too. Enter our Pinterest contest by creating a pinboard of the perfect outdoor dining experience:

The winner will receive a set of four colorful Mini Planters from Wind & Willow Home.

My friends Andy and Elaine (who own a cycling tour company) honed the art of dining al fresco after living part-time in Tuscany for many years. Their essentials? Great wine, good company, a sturdy blanket (or a blue tarp, if Andy has his way), fresh vegetables—and did I mention great wine? Perfection.

What's your perfect outdoor meal? Do you cook over campfire in the woods? Or do you sip champagne on a porch? From the food to the setting, we want you to take us there.

Here's how to enter:

  • Follow Gardenista on Pinterest.
  • Create a pinboard called "Gardenista: The Perfect Outdoor Meal."
  • Pin at least 12 photos that capture the essence of your ideal outdoor dining experience, including products, location, and even the food. Include at least five images from Gardenista.
  • After you complete your pinboard, link to it in the comment section below by 8 pm, PST, Sunday March 17.
  • From among the qualifying entries, the Gardenista editors will choose and announce the winner whose board most inspires them.

For inspiration, visit our "The Perfect Outdoor Meal" pinboard.

Above: At Meadow Lark Farm Dinners, a dressed table awaits its diners amid the Colorado grandeur; image via Yellow Scene Magazine.

Above: Romance found in simplicity: An outdoor meal of cured meats and aged cheeses. See Steal This Look: Late Spring Picnic to recreate a similar setting. Photo by Nikole Herriott.

Above: A sturdy carryall is a must if you're dining outside and away from home; a Large Natural Picnic Basket is $72. For a sturdy ground covering, see this Neutral Picnic Mat from Toast.

Above: The winner's prize: a set of wooden planters by Wind & Willow Home. Based in Minneapolis, the company was created by Araya, a wife, mother, and interior designer. The line offers simple, modern home wares inspired by "the classic lines of nature." We think these planters would make perfect accoutrements for a springtime patio table setting.

If you love to live as much of life outdoors as possible, visit our posts on Outdoors and Gardens.

Have an opinion? Care to comment? We'd love to hear what you have to say.