After a long and relaxing summer, you should make the most of the clement weather and enjoy dining in the great outdoors. With the mild Autumn weather, spend time with your family and friends for fun outdoor dining.

Design expert Kristina Lindhe suggests: ‘’Why not set up the table outdoors on a warmer evening? Grab your knitted sweater, a wool throw and enjoy! Don’t worry about making everything perfect- you can achieve a charming look with a few personal details such as decorating with seasonal greens and vegetables. A checked tablecloth, classic napkins and our Details collection will make everything perfect!’’

Here’s a little how to guide to create a lovely table setting – in just 5 simple steps from Kristina Lindhe founder of Lexington Design

1. Decide on a theme.
During the month of October, celebrate Halloween with friends and family. The theme does not need to be followed strictly but it does give a nice impression when the table setting mirrors the theme. For this guide we decided to hang lanterns around the garden, for when the nights get darker.

2. Autumnal vegetables.
Add some pumpkins and other seasonal vegetables to achieve a charming look. This works perfectly with the Halloween theme and you can make pumpkin soup to follow the theme too (recipe below).

3. Make it easy for yourself.
Someone wants another glass of wine? Spare yourself the trouble of running inside. Place the beverages in baskets close to the table.

4. Lots of candles for the ambiance.
Most of us remember to put candles on the dining table. But don’t forget larger lanterns standing on the floor, hanging from the trees, or on the railings.

5. Make your guests comfortable.
We all know how that Autumn comes with a chilly breeze and can make you leave an outdoor dinner earlier than planned. Adding soft cushions for back support and cosy throws and blankets on each chair will make your dinner last all night long (if that’s your wish).

Butternut Soup
Serves: 6-8

INGREDIENTS:

1 large fresh squash
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
7 cups water
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
Fresh thyme sprigs, for garnish (optional)

HOW TO:

1. Combine all of the ingredients except for the heavy cream in a large soup pot. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 35 minutes.

2. Using a hand-held immersion blender, purée the soup until silky smooth. (Alternatively, cool the soup slightly, then purée in a blender in batches, making sure to leave the hole in the lid open to allow the steam to escape.)

3. Stir in the heavy cream and bring to a simmer. Taste and adjust seasoning (depending on the sweetness of the vegetables, you may need up to a tablespoon more sugar).

4. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with fresh chopped thyme or thyme sprigs, if desired.

Enjoy!