An uncomplicated guide to setting up party spaces in the fresh air
Have the chance to be able to dine and entertain outside has to be one of the highlights of summer. It is symbolic of easy living and satisfies some deep rooted desires to be more in contact with nature. Your idea of summer outdoor entertaining may be a chic under cover dinner party or you might prefer picnicking in the middle of a meadow. Here are some lovely examples of settings for al fresco celebrations.
Elegant Outdoor Entertaining
This first example provides the perfect space for an elegant dinner party. The roof is an added bonus for shelter against summer showers. Also, having direct access to your house through patio doors means that outdoor entertaining is all the more simple to organize. Guests have easy access to the rest of the home if they need to freshen up and moving food and dishes between the table and the kitchen presents no problems to the host.
Concealed Dining Area
Tucked away next to the side of the house this cozy space is ideal for outdoor entertaining. It is sheltered, private and makes the most of an otherwise wasted space. This outdoor dining area has been attractively arranged amid white fencing and trellising. These fresh looking screens also provide the perfect backdrop for flowering plants and luscious foliates.
If you want to avoid the expense of buying a whole new dining suite for stylish outdoor entertaining, then think creatively. You could shop around for furniture bargains in flea markets and second hand stores. This way you could create a very fashionable eclectic look using a combination of different chairs and a table of different styles. These could be left in their original state or given a lick of paint to transform them into a shabby chic delight! Alternatively, if you have a casual dining area in the house you could use this same furniture outside on special occasions.
Rustic French Style
Setting up a long trestle table on the lawn or in your yard is very Mediterranean in concept. The idea of sharing meals ‘en masse’ is highly sociable and a very pleasant way of outdoor entertaining when the weather is bright and sunny. This is perfect for daytime meals like lunch or afternoon tea. Brightly colored chairs energize this picturesque scene as does the simple row of cut flower arrangements on the table.
Urban Chic Indoor-Outdoor Space
If you have a garage that isn’t in use, it is not too difficult to transform it into a stylish and chic garden room. This is great for ‘outdoor’ entertaining all year round as the large doors can totally open up the space when the weather is warm, connecting inside to outside. During the cooler months this super relaxing zone can become an intimate and cozy bar. So kick out the car and get designing!