Thursday, May 30, 2013

Entertaining Essentials: Dining al Fresco

This is the perfect time of year for dining al fresco.  I'm still working on making my dream deck a reality, but in the meantime, here's some outdoor entertaining inspiration.

I like my decor to match my menu, so if Mike's manning his BBQ chicken at the grill, I'm not going to break out the fine china.  I like to keep my outdoor dining casual and comfortable, and let everyone help themselves to utensils.  This condiment set is both chic and functional.

Burlap is always a fun option, especially this monogrammed version to add a touch of personality to your picnic table.

These bee glasses are my absolute favorite.  They're the perfect casual wine glass, and durable enough for the dishwasher.  No matter the occasion, you can usually find me drinking wine, but these are also great for cocktail or water glasses.  

Don't stress over bugs - these food domes are great and keep any unwanted guests away from your dinner.

Add color and depth to your table with flowers from your yard.  I like to mix and match whatever I can find and use my stemless champagne flutes or water pitchers for vases. 

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