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With spring in the air, it's time to think about hosting something special outside. We've pulled together our very best entertaining ideas to make your next gathering the best it can be.
Consider these tips and strategies an extra set of hands at your next outdoor gathering. Whether it's a casual barbecue or a more formal affair, all of the ideas will save you time and worry -- so you can spend more time with your guests.
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Outdoor entertaining recipes should be as fresh and easy as the spring and summer seasons themselves. Our favorite drink and appetizer recipes are all inspired by the summer's finest fruits and vegetables.
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Durability and softness are two qualities everybody wants in their outdoor furniture. You want them to stand up to the elements while still looking like stylish furniture. These wicker chairs do the trick! They are perfect for everyday relaxation as well as gatherings small or large. They're sophisticated, but still retain that down-to-earth, homey feel. Purchase the Lake Adela set here.
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A bit of strategic lighting -- whether in the form of paper lanterns, hanging lightbulbs, or votives -- will help you create a magical outdoor world for your guests.
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Outdoor gatherings call for nature-inspired, easy-to-assemble arrangements. Our ideas are as simple as they are beautiful.
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Keep it natural with this wicker coffee table. Once again, this all-weather, rust-resistant steel frame offers long-lasting performance. With a hand-woven design and a tempered glass tabletop, this is the table your patio's been dreaming of. Purchase it here.
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The flowers on the table might be beautiful, but make sure you highlight the rich browns and grays around you as well. Informal flower beds can be anchored with a larger sculptural plant such as this blue agave. Move around your plants and try different groupings.
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This swivel rocker is great for more than just the patio; it can also find its home on your porch or sunroom. Made of a sturdy frame and all-weather wicker, it's certain to withstand the elements. Purchase this chair from the Charlottetown collection here.
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Need more inspiration? These extra-special touches and clever solutions will elevate the typical backyard BBQ into a gorgeous alfresco affair.
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