Article by Jennifer Adams
Entertaining outdoors, festive barbeques, kids playing
croquet, summer memories are particularly fun. Whether in your backyard or a picnic
in the park, keeping everyone happy outside isn’t any more difficult than indoors,
with a few considerations.
Here are some things I recommend when someone asks me about entertaining
1. Holiday lights
aren’t for only for Christmas any more.
Remember being sad when the holiday lights come down?
Merchants and shopping districts first figured out that leaving the lights in
the trees look festive year round. They will look nice at your house, too. Hang
from the fence, around your patio cover, from a tree or even around retaining
walls and other outdoor structures. Checkout these beauties from Target.
2. Dishware should be
have come a long way, too, but it’s more elegant
to go with something reusable. Trays and carts keep drinks, food and bar ware handy, and make it easy to carry in and out of your indoor kitchen.
3. Accessorize just
like you do inside.
Lanterns stand in for electric lamps,
though those are
available too. Lighting Universe has about a hundred!
Some are battery
operated, some plug in. Most look like ones you’d use indoors, too.
look inviting and add color, and throw
are useful when the evening chill comes on.
Candles, shells, trays, artful pieces of wood and stone,
anything that can be outside make great decorative items on tables and as
centerpieces to feather out your patio as nicely as your living room.
4. Heating and
cooling, patio style.
is the ultimate way to stay cool. Umbrellas, trellises,
large trees and patio covers all help add shade. Vines or panels of fabric hung
like airy draperies at the edges of a structure will also help keep the sun
from being too bright.
If you have humid weather, add a ceiling fan
architectural look if you have a patio cover or trellis. Contact a professional
electrician for proper installation and fixture selection.
What are your favorite outdoor entertaining tips? Share them with me, I'd love to hear about it!
Labels: outdoor cooking, outdoor entertaining, outdoor furniture ideas, outdoor parties