Category Archives: outdoor entertaining

fresh ideas for outdoor living

Mmmm… the weather’s getting warmer and it’s time to think about sprucing up our outdoor living areas. And there are some great new outdoor furniture pieces on the market right now! All you ocean-lovers out there might want to check … Continue reading

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best wine charms ever!

I’ve never been a big fan of wine charms… So many of them look trinket-y, and those cutesy little shapes turn out to be rather unmemorable after a glass or two of wine. But these wonderful wine charms are as charming … Continue reading

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setting a formal table

Our tabletop conventions here in America have their roots in British tradition, where the classical progression of courses is as follows: cocktails/appetizers, soup, fish, meat/fowl, salad, dessert, coffee. The traditional British table setting, including glassware, is set up to follow … Continue reading

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backyard waterfall

In the hilly terrain of the San Francisco Bay Area, I’ve seen countless backyards that slope up steeply behind the house. More often than not, this portion of the yard is left to its own wild devices, which can be … Continue reading

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creative tabletops

Most people consider renting plates and glasses only when they are planning a large event; but this can be a wonderfully inexpensive way to create a lavish tabletop design for a smaller gathering. If you enjoy the luxury of a … Continue reading

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insulated servers

‘Tis the season for outdoor entertaining and I am loving these sleek insulated servers from Frontgate! Simply place the dishes in a freezer the day before your event and they will keep food chilled for up to eight hours – … Continue reading

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lighting your outdoor table

These beautiful arcs of light from Vibia remind me of fireflies… What a great way to add overhead lighting if you don’t have an easy way to hang an outdoor pendant. (PS: Powered by LED lamps, these lamps are as energy-efficient … Continue reading

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