The appeal of alfresco entertaining is always dancing around beneath the summer sun. Now, spending time outside is significantly safer than being indoors, so it’s the perfect time to cozy up your outdoor hosting space. We’ve compiled a list of simple but effective tips to easily transform your space into the hot spot for those socially distant summer rendezvous!
One of our favorite ways to warm up our outdoor space to make it more inviting is by bringing texture from indoors, outside. Adding different blankets, rugs and throw pillows is a great way to ease the possibly stiff atmosphere. Make sure to space everything six feet apart, to ensure the safety of everybody in attendance. You’ll allow your guests to feel more relaxed by creating a familiar environment that makes them feel at home. These pieces can also become functional if the evening air has a chill. Lining your dining space with these items can lead to open conversation, higher spirits and an overall lighter atmosphere.
Bringing fresh cut flowers to the table is always a fan favorite. Pick some up from your local farmers market or harvest your own wildflowers. Add them to glassware with water and set them on the table for an instant conversation piece.
Adding candles or lanterns to the dining area, either on the table or scattered around the yard will aid in setting a relaxed mood, keeping the feeling light. Hurricane lanterns are perfect to keep the candles lit despite any wind. If you don’t have any of these items on hand, you can add some sand or rocks to a glass jar of any kind for weight, such as a jam or mason jar and drop a tea light candle into it. This will create the same warm glowy effect.
Don’t let the sun going down stop you from keeping the fun going. In the evening, lighting is crucial to keep people from scurrying off and allow you to continue to connect over delicious food with fantastic conversation. Adding large bulb outdoor string lights draped over your dining area can add a warm delightful feeling and is guaranteed to make your guests feel more relaxed. Accentuating your outdoor dining space using these tips will aid in the easy flow of hosting, allowing your guests and yourself to take it easy and enjoy connecting at a comfortable distance beneath the warm evening sky.
Accentuating your outdoor dining space using these tips will aid in the easy flow of hosting, allowing your guests and yourself to take it easy and enjoy connecting at a comfortable distance beneath the warm evening sky.