We don’t have a dining room (or even a full dining table) in our house. Our last place (a townhouse) had its own enclosed dining area and I loved it. We strung lights and had Sunday dinners. If our current house didn’t have a back enclosed patio area, I would be super sad. It allows us to have people over, eat food and sit comfortably (but only when it’s warm enough).
If you like hosting, pick up this book. It’s super cute. If you attend a dinner party that I host one day and I have cotton candy clouds as the centerpiece, you’ll know where I got the idea.