When it comes to gorgeous inspiration for living, we inevitably look to House Beautiful. So it's no surprise that they're chock full of inspiration for entertaining outdoors at home. Check out these perfect scenes for hosting an outdoor party:
If you've ever been to an Open House weekend or other event at Donald Judd's Chinati Foundation, you'll know just how wonderful his oversized dining tables are. Be they indoors or out, there's plenty of room for gathering everyone around:
If you're taking your dinner party out-of-doors this season, lighting might be one element you need to plan for. Here, we're rounded up five options: solar-powered fixtures that won't require an electrical outlet, string lights for a party vibe, multi-pack mini oil capsules that will add shimmer and shine to the tabletop, and an old classic: the hurricane lantern.
We have been known to roll our eyes at the concept of "glamping" (glamorous camping); isn't roughing it part of the fun of outdoor excursions? But we must admit we're pretty smitten with this beautiful range of outdoor furniture, cookware, and tableware from Snow Peak. The luxury branding – and price tag – might seem frivolous, but when you consider the thoughtful, long-lasting nature of the designs, we think they're actually quite sensible.
We're on a roadtrip that has currently taken us to the Southwest U.S. With 108-degree days being routine, every outdoor dining experience we've encountered has been complete with a very fine mist overhead to help cool things down. It's a detail that's new to us, but we've come to like the cool, inviting mist and look for it when we're choosing a place to eat. It's got us wondering if we could recreate something similar when we're grilling outdoors back in the Midwest this summer:
Flagstones are such a beautiful way to establish a "floor" surface out-of-doors. Which naturally, then, leads to a table, chairs, and fantastic outdoor dinners. This gallery shows five favorite flagstone outdoor eating areas:
When we eat outside, we want to enjoy being outside. We don't want to spend the first ten minutes running into the house and back for napkins, the salt shaker, or whatever else we've forgotten to haul out! This weekend, we'll be putting together our summer "outside kit" with everything we need for eating outside. Take a look!