There's nothing quite like the simple pleasure of dining outdoors. Hosting an alfresco dinner is a great option for entertaining friends because the open–air atmosphere is instantly relaxing. All it takes is a little planning — and a few easy–to–prepare dishes — to set the stage for a meal that's delicious and fun. Inviting guests to combine pastas and sauces in creative ways and offering fresh herbs for seasoning sets a warm, communal tone that's sure to spark plenty of conversation. Artisanal dinnerware and accessories elevate the evening with an air that's rustic yet refined. Watch our video with award–winning wine expert Mark Oldman for JAQK Cellars wine recommendations designed to work with any budget and pair perfectly with each dish.