Outdoor Entertaining Ideas & Summer Party Planning

Essentials for Creating a Beautiful Outdoor Room

Whether you're entertaining or catching up on some R&R, there are certain aspects of an outdoor room that can make it that much more enjoyable. Check out our must-haves to make your space the most lived-in room outside the house.

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Arbor and Dining area Designed by Sandy Koepke
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Whimsical Atmosphere

Candles, potted plants, blooming flowers and a tea-light privacy screen create an atmosphere ideal for summertime dining. Designer Sandy Koepke decorated a rustic iron trellis with hanging flowerpots, a two-tiered iron chandelier and miniature LED string lights woven throughout the trellis and landscaping to create a whimsical outdoor dining experience. Whether guests are being entertained during the day or at night, the surrounding landscape and inspired environment will instantly bring the space to life. To get the look, mix a zinc-topped table, outdoor-friendly antique chairs and set up an eclectic display of potted plants and tea-light candles. Photography by Jennifer Cheung


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