10 Chic Entertaining Ideas for an Outdoor Party
Editor’s note: Jess Levin, founder of wedding planning site Carats & Cake, shares her best advice for planning an outdoor event, be it your big day or end-of-summer fête with close friends.
With summer entertaining season in full swing, Carats & Cake founder Jess Levin goes directly to the event experts to share a few of the best outdoor entertaining ideas. Whether your style is trendy and modern or classic and traditional, consider these design concepts when planning your next outdoor celebration.
A tiled bar turns a functional piece of furniture into a focal point of your décor.
Highlight your entertaining space with a whimsical array of light fixtures such as hanging lanterns and hurricane candles.
Embrace the landscape by selecting design elements that reflect the scenery surrounding your event.
Consider incorporating natural elements such as vines and floral garlands to the backs of chairs or other furniture.
Trays of cocktails at the ready are an elegant way to combat the heat and double as décor.
A well-styled tent not only serves as an intimate reception space but is also the perfect protection against temperamental summer weather.
Bring the outdoors into your menu by asking your caterer to incorporate fresh seasonal produce.
Bunches of bright hydrangeas are a great way to add a pop color to your tablescape. Mix and match similar hues to create a seamless palette.
Stray from the traditional and opt for a dessert you can only serve during the warmer months, such as fireside s’mores or ice cream.