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15 Almost-Free Ways to Create a Chic Outdoor Entertaining Space

You don’t have to buy all-new stuff to create the perfect spot for outdoor entertaining; just use what you have! We’ll show you how to decorate for three alfresco occasions — a dinner party, a casual brunch and a movie night — using items you likely already own.

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#1: Outdoor Dinner Party

Think you don’t have an outdoor dining table to host an outdoor dinner party? Think again! Just borrow your indoor dining table. Be sure to bring it back inside before the weather turns.

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Set the Table

Bring plates, chargers, table runners and other decor outside to create a festive dining area. When the sun goes down on your outdoor party, light candles so the celebration can keep going.

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#2: Outdoor Brunch

An alfresco brunch doesn’t necessarily call for a formal dining table. Instead, arrange your outdoor seating around a coffee table. Display treats on tiered serving platters to maximize space.

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Pillows and Throws

Comfy guests are happy guests. Embellish your outdoor furniture with plush pillows and throws from inside your home. These items can’t withstand the elements long-term, but they’ll add an extra layer of coziness during your brunch.

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