Charming Food Covers for Outdoor Entertaining

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A guide to the most charming food domes and food covers on the market. These are our food tents to keep food safe and protected from unwanted bugs in the summer. They’re essential for outdoor events and summer entertaining!

Summer is all about entertaining, especially outdoor entertaining. Unfortunately, the bugs also enjoy the summer heat. We live in a ranch area and have a lot of flies when the weather warms up, literally the worst! They go away when the sun goes down, but they’re a nuisance during the day.

Of course, we can keep the food inside the house, but the doors are always open, allowing the flies to come in. It’s essential to make sure the bugs are not infesting the food.

We want to be practical, cover our prepared food, and keep the party charming. When we visited Stockholm’s Rosendals Trädgård, I fell in love with the mesh food covers in their outdoor cafe.

mesh food domes over desserts

Why you should use a food cover:

1. Protect food from dust and other particles that may cause contamination.

2. Keep food safe from wind, sun, and rain which can spoil it.

3. Help maintain the optimal temperature of the food while in transit or during outdoor events.

4. Keep insects away from your food, keeping it free of germs and bacteria.

5. Create a stylish way to present dishes at outdoor parties or gatherings.

Food covers and food domes.

Our Favorite Food Covers

Here are the best food covers in different sizes and materials:

  • Charming Handmade Covers – These are very cute and charming! They also fold up which is wonderful for storing them.
  • Marionville Frohna Food Domes – Stylish, bohemian food domes. This one is made from rattan wicker and has a gorgeous hand-woven pattern.
mesh food covers

Frequently Asked Questions

What are food covers used for?

Food covers are used to protect food from bugs and contamination when entertaining outdoors. They create a barrier between the food and any unwanted bugs and fruit flies.

How do you cover food at an outdoor party?

When hosting an outdoor party, it’s important to cover food in order to keep it safe from contamination. The best way to do this is by using a food tent or canopy, which can be set up to shield the food from wind, dust, sunlight, and other elements.

When to Use Food Covers

Outdoor food covers are commonly used when outdoor dining. They’re great for events such as outdoor picnics, BBQs, camping trips, and beach parties. They come in handy for any event where you need to keep food safe and bugs away, especially flies.

food basket domes

More Ways to Keep Bugs Away from an Outdoor Party

Battery Operated Fan – This is one of the best tricks and works well. Keep a small fan near the food. The cool air keeps the bugs away and creates a nice breeze for hot summer days.

Bug Lanterns – Keep these further away from the party and food, but you can hang them in a tree way off to the side. They attract and kill flies.

Citronella Candles – Always a nice ambiance and helps keep bugs away. Here’s a fun tutorial for How to make Recycled Tin Citronella Candles.

Tiki Brand Bug Fighter Lights – I did a commercial for these a few years ago and really liked them. They set a beautiful ambiance outside too.

Bonfire – This helps with flies as they do not like smoke. If you toss some herbs in that works even better to help with mosquitos. They hate the smell of spices!

Bug Repellent Potpourri – DIY here!

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3 thoughts on “Charming Food Covers for Outdoor Entertaining”

  1. Hi what material do you think the top nets are made from/ I want some that are not polyester. But these ones look like a much more natural fibre…

    • I’m not exactly sure, but it felt more like hemp than polyester. Check out the other ones linked and see if those are natural fibers. I’m sure there is one that is not made with polyester.

  2. Hi, I am unable to find the bamboo/straw food cover shown above in Tan & Red plaid, set of 4. Can you please help me find it?
    I will appreciate your help very much.

    Thank you


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