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10 Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining



THE FAHRENHEIT IS RISING, the air is soft and after a winter spent inside, what we most want to do is enjoy the breeze and compensate for a whopper of a Vitamin D deficit.

The warm weather coincides with all sorts of celebrations, including graduations, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day, Flag Day, you get the picture. ‘Tis the season to invite friends and family over to eat, drink and make merry.

What makes the partying easier is that practically everything you enjoy inside has been re-engineered and designed for outdoor use. Formerly drab melamine plates now come in fun as well as sophisticated patterns that can be put in the dishwasher (top rack only, please). Plastic wineglasses with thumbprints look much like the high-end glass ones. Unlike the drugstore variety, you won’t be embarrassed to use them when company comes.  Outdoor rugs and planters with a vintage design add a cozy touch;  molded plastic seating looks and feels nothing like those old aluminum lawn chairs with webbing.

Whether you’re entertaining on an expansive patio, roof deck or even a teeny-tiny city balcony, we’ve put together a shopping list of suggestions for making the most of the great outdoors.

–Janet Kelly



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