- Start by arranging your outdoor space to suit your needs. Are you doing lots of afternoon cookouts by the grill, or are you offering more sit-down dinners al fresco? Consider how you’ll use your space, then start looking for stylish, sustainable outdoor furniture that fits your lifestyle.
- Don’t forget to light up the night. Once the sun goes down, you’ll need to throw some light on the area. Try a combination of solar lanterns and candlelight for a truly stunning look that’s also sustainable. No electrical outlet required!
- Treat your outdoor spaces like a room. Go ahead, add an outdoor area rug, toss on some cushions or pillows, and provide your guests with comfy throws for when the nights get a little chilly. Add a vase with flowers and break out the table linens if you like.
- Use what you’ve got. You don’t need a huge space to make outdoor entertaining work for you. If space is tight, try serving finger foods that don’t require sitting at a table to eat. Or serve the meal inside and enjoy after dinner cocktails on the balcony.
Treat your outdoor space the same way you treat the inside of your home—it’s another room in your home, it just lacks a ceiling. Decorate it to reflect your personal style, and make it a place you and your guests can use and enjoy every day. Nothing beats being outdoors with good friends and good food when the weather’s fine. Especially in early spring, when we’re ready to throw off winter’s chill and enjoy the sun and fresh air.