With the warm weather finally coming around, I can't help but love having social gatherings on outdoor patios. Whether it be the patio at the country club that I absolutely adore, or the patio right outside of my backdoor, I can't help but love entertaining outside. I am a subscriber to Architectural Digest magazine and they have some pretty incredible outdoor spaces which always inspire me to do little things outback! I love outdoor fireplaces, and outdoor dining, so here are some beautiful pictures I found through Google Images that I just love! (None of these pictures are mine) I also have fun tips to have a successful outdoor entertaining experience.The twinkle lights on the trellis add for a nice romantic, cozy atmosphere. I also love the lamp. People often don't think to have a lamp outside for lighting, but I think it adds a nice, soft lighting.
Several years ago I stayed at the Chesapeake Hyatt Resort and they had an amazing outdoor fireplace. For some reason I cannot find a picture of it in my picture folder, but the fireplace above is like a mini version of the one at the Hyatt. Outdoor fireplaces add a touch of coziness, and are perfect for warming up during the spring or fall months. Speaking of the Hyatt at the Chesapeake Bay, if you are looking for a great weekend getaway, then that is the place! It is such a cute little area and the resort is so pretty (pictured below).Lighting is an important aspect in outdoor entertaining. Once the sun sets, you need lighting that will still be enough to entertain. I personally love the twinkle lights, but don't go overboard. Too many make the area look tacky. I also like plain clear votives with white candles. This makes the atmosphere seem clean and simple. Along with the twinkle lights and candles, add a few citronella torches around the outskirts of your patio. That adds a nice fire-y ambiance and also keeps the bugs away.
I hope this post inspired you to go out and have an outdoor get-together in the coming warm months! What are your favorite outdoor dining tips? have a fabulous day!