Ten Ways to Make Outdoor Entertaining Spectacular

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Ten Ways to Make Outdoor Entertaining Spectacular

  1. Refresh outdoor furniture with colorful cushions. Even if you don’t want to replace what you have, just add a few scatter cushions for some pop of color.
  2. A new colorful umbrella can make a big difference.
  3. Replant and/or freshen up pots and beds. Think about using vegetables and herbs, they will bring joy and satisfaction to your yard and table.
  4. Lanterns in the yard are wonderful! Hang them as sconces on walls and fences or in trees. Spray paint them in fun colors to go with your cushions.
  5. Outdoor lights strung in trees. They also look great on porticos or on the undersides of umbrellas (with battery packs).
  6. There are fabulous outdoor rugs, which are mold resistant and waterproof that can define spaces under dining tables or sets of chairs.
  7. A water feature with a nice sound brings peace and a feeling of being away from home. Buy a large pot. Tj Maxx often has great ones for around $50. Just fill up the hole with waterproof glue and place a water feature pump from Home Depot inside on top of a rock to adjust as you need it.
  8. Candelabras bring warmth and romance to your outdoor spaces. There are so many beautiful choices that are very affordable. Ikea has some great finds.
  9. Dress your table! Use real linen or cotton napkins, dishes and silverware. Painting dropcloths cost about $10 and they make fabulous tablecloths!! Ikea has linen tea towels that can function as napkins. Cut greenery from your yard for natural centerpieces.
  10. Enjoy summer and your outdoor spaces as much as possible!! Why not host a breakfast rather than a lunch or dinner?

Information provided by Lorna Cluttey and Kathi Ramming of Leopards and Lilies. They are two Newport Beach moms who specialize in helping clients decorate their homes on a budget. Reach Kathi at 949.500.9907 or by email at kathiramming@aol.com