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Outdoor Entertaining

Alfresco Dining Setting the Mood

Debbe Daley | Posted 07.28.2015 | HuffPost Home
Debbe Daley

No one wants to spend any more time indoors during the summer than necessary. At least if you're like me.

3 Easy Outdoor Lighting Ideas

Manja Swanson | Posted 07.16.2015 | HuffPost Home
Manja Swanson

With summer in full swing, it's likely you have outdoor soirees on your mind, or even the calendar. Of course you want your event to be memorable and that can easily be achieved by the right outdoor lighting.

What to Know About Adding a Deck

Houzz | Posted 07.12.2015 | HuffPost Home
Houzz

Good weather should be enjoyed to its fullest extent. To do that you have to actually go outside. But if your home lacks an enticing outdoor living space, there's little incentive to venture out.

How to Enjoy Your Outdoor Space More

Houzz | Posted 07.06.2015 | HuffPost Home
Houzz

Hanging out in a backyard haven is a wonderful way to savor warm weather. But what about those less-than-pleasant aspects of outdoor time, like bugs, rain and blazing-hot sun? Here are 10 tips to help make the time you spend in your outdoor rooms more comfortable.

9 Ways To Take A 4th of July Party To The Next Level

Rachel Hollis | Posted 07.02.2015 | Taste
Rachel Hollis

In my opinion there are three things that make for a good party: signature drinks, great food and beautiful decorations! Add a few of these tips below to this weekend's gathering and you're guaranteed to have the party everyone can't stop talking about.

The Best Outdoor Spaces For Entertaining

Domino | Posted 06.18.2015 | HuffPost Home
Domino

Hosting something big? Elevate a backyard bash with rustic tables and elegant place settings for an unforgettable night under the stars.

6 Tips For Throwing A Bridal Shower Without Breaking The Bank

BloomNation | Posted 06.03.2015 | Weddings
BloomNation

Our theme was chic garden party, so while silver and china were prominent, we mixed and matched plates and glassware to keep it from looking too formal for the backyard garden setting.

6 Super Successful Ways to Get Rid of Bugs in Your Home and Garden

Hometalk | Posted 05.27.2015 | HuffPost Home
Hometalk

Between the warmer weather and the nighttime cookouts, spring is a constant struggle between wanting to spend time outside and wanting to protect yourself from pesky bugs.

13 Quick-Change Boosts for a Spring Patio

Houzz | Posted 05.15.2015 | HuffPost Home
Houzz

In spring it's time to get outside and enjoy your patio. So make the most of your space without a huge investment of time or money by planting, scrubbing and accessorizing your way to a renewed outdoor room.

How to Freshen Up Your Home's Curb Appeal

Houzz | Posted 06.25.2015 | HuffPost Home
Houzz

Time to pack away the winter coats and pull out those Wellies -- spring is finally here! With this checklist as your guide, help your home burst into spring with a curb appeal makeover.

6 Expert Tips For Getting Your Backyard Ready For Summer Parties

Dering Hall | Posted 05.23.2015 | HuffPost Home
Dering Hall

Good planning of outdoor areas is essential to maximizing relaxing, enjoyment and entertaining and making sure the space fits all of your needs.

7 Last-Minute Entertaining Pro-Tips

Tasting Table | Posted 12.10.2014 | Taste
Tasting Table

Food stylist and cookbook author Susan Spungen knows a thing or two about entertaining.

9 Ways to Get Cozy Outside This Fall

Houzz | Posted 11.18.2014 | HuffPost Home
Houzz

Crisp mornings, colorful foliage and the urge to squeeze the most out of waning daylight hours add up to a bundle of good reasons to enjoy your outdoor rooms and spaces this fall.

Enjoy a Weekend Away in the Backyard

Houzz | Posted 10.20.2014 | HuffPost Home
Houzz

Backyard camping is a great compromise. The kids get s'mores over a firepit at night, and I get my latte in the morning. It's a win/win, and a winning way to bring families together.

Outdoor Entertaining Has NEVER Been So Tempting

The Huffington Post | Samantha Toscano | Posted 07.06.2014 | HuffPost Home

Summertime is wonderful, we all acknowledge that. But with the potential for infinite mosquito bites and unavoidable humidity, al fresco dining isn't ...

14 Reasons Patio Parties Are The Best Parties

The Huffington Post | Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson | Posted 07.10.2014 | HuffPost Home

There are so many reasons summer is our favorite time of the year, with its long days and balmy nights and subliminal promptings to have another drink...

9 Ideas That'll Convince You to Add a Fire Pit to Your Backyard

Hometalk | Posted 08.23.2014 | HuffPost Home
Hometalk

From easy DIYs to incredible backyard upgrades, keep the fun rolling well past dark with your own fire pit. You won't believe all the different types of fire pits there are to choose from, and just how easy it is to build one yourself!

Set the Mood for Summer Outdoor Entertaining

Manja Swanson | Posted 07.12.2014 | HuffPost Home
Manja Swanson

Aren't you just longing for relaxed evenings on the deck with good friends, good food, and good drinks? Here's how to set the mood for summer outdoor entertaining and host a smashing soiree.

11 Gorgeous Porches And Patios You'll Love

The Huffington Post | Samantha Toscano | Posted 05.04.2014 | HuffPost Home

Of all the rooms in a house, sometimes the most impressive spaces aren't really rooms at all -- and these outdoor areas are certainly proof of that. F...

Transform Your Outdoor Space

Rana Florida | Posted 01.30.2014 | HuffPost Home
Rana Florida

Summer is all about getting outdoors. Your outdoor space can be the perfect place to relax, have fun or entertain. With a little imagination, a touch of creativity, and some muscle an ordinary backyard space can be transformed into a magical oasis.

Dining Al Fresco: The Essentials

Colleen Mullaney | Posted 07.16.2013 | Style
Colleen Mullaney

Dining Al Fresco is the perfect way to enjoy a meal during the summer months. Chill some wine, whip up tasty summer dishes and enjoy the sunsets in the garden, in the harbor, or at the beach.

PHOTOS: The Most Perfect Picnic Baskets Ever

The Huffington Post | Michelle Manetti | Posted 05.25.2013 | HuffPost Home

AKA seven cute ways to hide your booze in the park.

Patio Punch for the Weekend

Colleen Mullaney | Posted 06.26.2013 | Taste
Colleen Mullaney

The weekend forecast is sunshine and blue skies! It's time to kick back and whip up a batch of tasty Patio Punch.

Tips For Keeping Cool At A Hot Summer Party, From Colin Cowie (WATCH)

Posted 08.21.2013 | MarloThomas

Event and lifestyle expert Colin Cowie, spoke about keeping cool at an outdoor party during the summer when he visited me on Mondays With Marlo. A...

Create The Perfect Summer Evening Outdoors

Lisa Holt | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Lisa Holt

A girlfriend recently asked me for some guidance on how to decorate her tiny San Francisco apartment patio. She wanted something simple that felt like an escape from the city, and had a relaxing ambiance.