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Outdoor Dinner Party

As someone who loves to entertain, summertime always has me craving for more outdoor space to throw a dinner party. Some kind of event with a table runner, placemats, multiple courses, and fresh flowers… the whole schabang. Living in very cozy apartment means very limited space to store things like extra linen napkins, placemats, and plate sets. When we have had people over, I take full advantage of our two trays, plastic wine glasses, and a set of little mini pie dishes that I use as snack bowls. All about the improvising and multi-use investments!

Outdoor Dinner Party

Outdoor Dinner Party

Can all drinks have flowers… especially if they’re edible, like these apparently are?! Makes me want to get an extra bouquet just for the cocktails. Speaking of: simple cocktail recipes are something I need to have more of on hand. Beer and wine are great (rosé all day), but they can sometimes start to feel like the “easy way out.” What are your quick and easy favorites?

It’s probably overkill to make invitations for every little gathering you host, but I love the idea of printed invitations for the more special get togethers. Receiving yet another email isn’t the most thrilling… we all know snail mail >>>>> email. Other nice little touches: custom drink stirrers (get crafty!), handmade menu cards, and pretty serving utensils.

Do you have any go-to outdoor entertaining tips? Any nice touches you like to incorporate, especially when you’re using a shared outdoor space? I’d love to know!


Outdoor Dinner Party

Outdoor Dinner Party

Photos via Lonny Mag


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    I want this :) East coast reunions with cute themed parties?


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