Let me introduce you to the concept of the Cantina. Famed for their cooking and outdoor dining have the process down to a tea - and a whole lot more. The Cantina is a tradition of many italian households and is effectively a second ‘kitchen and dining area’ that can be used to host dinner parties and create a social space that is outside of the main house.
Cantina’s can also be outside as well as in. Outdoor cantinas tend to combine a pergola or lightweight structure for shade or shelter, surfaces for food preparation and BBQ or ‘al la brace’ grill for cooking on open flames. They usually combine all the practical things too, like a sink, some cupboards, tables and chairs.
Whilst they are great spaces for dinner parties they create alternative spaces for socialising. If you have a busy family home you perhaps don’t all want to be doing the same thing all the time. Parents have a dinner party with neighbours whilst the kids fight over the games console in the house. What could be more civilised?