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5 Tips for Effortless Outdoor Hosting

5 Tips for Effortless Outdoor Hosting
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While we have nothing against the multi-course sit-down dinner party, the arrival of warm weather signals a return to rest and relaxation—and an entertaining style that’s all about taking it easy. Read on to see how to have your most carefree season of outdoor entertaining yet—whether you’re toasting with two or hosting a crowd.

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A small potted citrus tree—set in a colorful planter and topped with moss—makes a chic and unexpected centerpiece.

A small potted citrus tree—set in a colorful planter and topped with moss—makes a chic and unexpected centerpiece.

Set a magical scene around your table with string lights or hanging votives filled with flameless candles.

Set a magical scene around your table with string lights or hanging votives filled with flameless candles.

Keep the Setup Simple

Simple centerpieces can make just as much of a statement as more elaborate displays. A potted plant from the house or yard, fresh fruit in a beautiful bowl, or even an empty glass bottle filled with a few gorgeous blooms all make for unfussy yet memorable moments.

Make Use of Melamine

Made of sturdy plastic, melamine tableware is virtually shatterproof, so it’s perfect for entertaining poolside and anywhere else you (and your kids) might be walking around barefoot. It’s also dishwasher-safe, so cleanup is quick and painless. Our collection comes in a range of bright colors and patterns for a fabulously festive look.

Play up the textures and hues of the season with colorful shatter-proof melamine tableware and accents in natural materials.

Play up the textures and hues of the season with colorful shatter-proof melamine tableware and accents in natural materials.

Stick to Light Bites

When it comes to food, a streamlined menu is best. Use fewer, fresher ingredients to keep prep time low, and opt for recipes guests can eat with their hands so you have fewer dishes to do at the end of the night. If it’s warm where you are, be sure to choose recipes that will stand up to the heat.

Use What You Have

Shop your home to gather indoor items you can use outside. We love the idea of using a Turkish towel or a beach blanket as an impromptu (but still chic!) tablecloth, or bringing out indoor throw pillows (temporarily) for added comfort.

Layer in Lighting

To keep the party going long after dark, don’t forget a little outdoor lighting. A strand of string lights or a set of simple votives hung from tree branches will set the mood with a soft, glittering glow.

Since it easily folds up to store when not in use, a petite bistro set is a perfect entertaining solution for small outdoor spaces.

Since it easily folds up to store when not in use, a petite bistro set is a perfect entertaining solution for small outdoor spaces.

Cheese, crackers, dried fruit, nuts: When it comes to outdoor entertaining, we think simpler is better. A stylish wine bucket means you won’t have to dash indoors for refills.

Cheese, crackers, dried fruit, nuts: When it comes to outdoor entertaining, we think simpler is better. A stylish wine bucket means you won’t have to dash indoors for refills.

A fringed Turkish towel makes an easy tablecloth substitution (and can be thrown in the wash when the party’s over).

A fringed Turkish towel makes an easy tablecloth substitution (and can be thrown in the wash when the party’s over).

 

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