Monday, June 6, 2016

Elevate Your Outdoor Entertaining Style with Tommy Bahama

Ah Summer! As the days get longer, it’s time to move the party outside. Nothing compares to entertaining in a gorgeous backyard. Entertaining in the open air can elevate a gathering and help people shake off the cares of the work week to enjoy some well-deserved downtime. Bright, inviting, and luxurious, the Aviano Collection by Tommy Bahama provides the perfect backdrop to all your outdoor events.

Wicker patio dining set by Tommy Bahama

Outdoor Entertaining: A Successful Patio Party

The key to successful outdoor entertaining is to keep it simple, from the décor to the menu. On warm summer nights, your guests will prefer more straightforward, simple dishes and snacks over an overly complex and fussy meal. Grilled meats and accompanied by dishes such as fresh heirloom tomato salad, Mexican corn salad, or cumber and onion salad keep the fare fresh and light. Themed tables settings based around tropical or seaside colors set a fun and playful mood.

Comfortable Patio Seating

Comfortable seating is a must-have for outdoor entertaining. You want to make your guests feel at ease and in the mood to linger in the warm summer night. Warm weather is instantly relaxing, so you’ll need plenty of places for your guests to sit and chat. If your chairs are metal or iron, provide plenty of cushions to keep your guests comfortably happy. The Aviano Outdoor Dining Arm Chair from Tommy Bahama seats your guests in style and comfort. Upholstered in Sunbrella Performance and Outdoor fabrics, your chairs will stay bright and fresh-looking all year long.

Shady Surroundings

Be sure to provide some type of shade, your guest will appreciate it in the extreme heat. An umbrella over the dining area, or a quick shade canvas or tent can help create a protected and comfortable environment for your guests. This is a thoughtful gesture that will keep guests coming back throughout the summer entertaining season.

patio chaise lounge from Baer's Furniture

Vary Your Outdoor Entertainment Stations

Sturdy rattan or wicker furniture works great for any area of your home. A daybed or cot is great to fill with pillows and use in your outdoor space when warm weather entertaining. The Aviano Chaise Lounge with foam cushions is the perfect place to relax by the pool. If you have the space, set up interactive food bars and stations to encourage your guests to mingle. Cocktails, drinks, food, and desserts can each have their own station.

Or if you don’t have the space, you can set up a bar cart with all the essentials: beer can opener, napkins, straws, and swizzle sticks. This also makes restocking really easy, you can just roll the cart away and return it fully stocked. If you have a large group, set out carafes of punch, lemonade, or Sangria so that your quests can serve themselves. This also frees you up from having to play bartender.

A Smooth Transition into an Evening on the Patio

As the sun goes down, be sure to have pretty lighting ready. Paper lanterns are a nice touch, and they do double duty as décor during the day as well as providing lighting during the evening. Strands of light, tiki torches, and candles are other pretty light sources you can use. And don’t forget the citronella candles—no one likes to be bothered by uninvited but almost inevitable nighttime guests. This way, you’ll avoid losing guests just because the mosquitos come out to play.

If you need inspiration for your outdoor entertaining, visit a Baer’s Furniture showroom near you and talk to an interior design professional about creating the perfect outdoor space for family, friends, and guests.

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