Turn an evening in your backyard into a light-filled outdoor event with these tabletop, invitation, and food and drink ideas.
There’s not much better than an alfresco dinner party on a warm summer evening with friends. When the weather cooperates, there’s little you need to do except provide the food—but if you feel like adding a festive touch to the party, try out some of these simple-to-pull-off outdoor entertaining ideas at your next backyard event. Some of these decorations can even stay up throughout the summer entertaining season, making your backyard look even more inviting to potential homebuyers.
An alfresco dining evening
A delightful outdoor dinner party instantly invokes the words “fresh,” “summer” and “mingle.” Get in the spirit with a delightful alfresco fete like this one, which includes pretty flower centerpieces, easy lemonade recipes, lighting ideas and plenty of opportunities to chat with guests. A row of low candles and tall bottle vases forms a perennially pretty centerpiece; you could add any flower you like, though peonies work especially well because of their long, strong stems. See-through bottles are a must because they’re not intrusive to guests’ conversations. It’s easy to put together a basic party formula that you revise with different food and flowers. Simply reuse the bottle centerpieces, lights, and dishes for your next outdoor affair.