Editors’ Picks: For Stylish Outdoor Dining

Lover of patio soirees? Us, too. But kicking off your stilettos for bare feet doesn’t have to mean sacrificing a chic spread. From lighting to crack-proof wineglasses, here’s how to take the party outside with style.

Editor's Picks for Outdoor Dining

Moroccan Lantern
Hang these in the backyard trees for ambiance the neighbors will covet.

Raffia Napkin Rings
Dinner party or buffet – don’t let outdoor dining stop you from setting a stylish tabletop.

Melamine Wineglasses
Crack-proof plastic lets guests sip and socialize on your patio until the wee hours.

Take it to the patio with our Outdoor-Dining Checklist: Barware to Serving Sets Boutique on Tuesday, May 6, at 11AM ET.

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May 6, 2014

Take a Seat: All About the Adirondack Chair

Admit it. When you picture the ideal summer day, this chair – plus a light beer, a book, and you in a swimsuit – is part of the scene. It was, after all, created in 1903 in the Adirondack Mountains, the epitome of summertime escapes. Since then, it’s become an American mainstay of alfresco R&R. Here? The story behind its staying power.

About Adirondack Chairs

 

  • It’s known for its wide armrests, curved seat, and high back – i.e., all-around comfort for every body type.
  • Yellow cedar wood, which Adirondack chairs are often made from, is naturally resistant to moisture, decay, and insect damage.
  • When topped off with protective polyurethane paint, these chairs can withstand the harshest winter or summer weather.

 
The days are getting longer. Ready yourself for sunsets by the shore with our Prep the Patio for Spring: With Furniture & More Boutique on Friday, January 17, at 3PM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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January 17, 2014

Create a Gathering-Ready Outdoor Space

Spring is here, and what better place to celebrate nature’s annual awakening than outside on your patio or deck? It’s just the spot to host an it’s-finally-spring party (or even to chill solo with a cocktail and a good book). But all deck décor is not created equal, so before you gather friends and family and kick off the outdoor season, take the time to piece together a welcoming retreat with some help from these tips.

Deck Retreat

Keep your décor colorful, your food and drinks convenient, and strive for a good balance of shady and sunny areas (with plenty of relaxing seating). Then you can kick back and bask in the spring-ready glory of your outdoor space.

Our Let’s Lounge Alfresco: The Outdoor Living Room and Let’s Toast Spring: The Outdoor Cocktail Party Boutiques open Wednesday, March 27, at 3PM ET.

By Jess Huckins, Staff Writer

Do you have any favorite outdoor cocktail party recipes? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us at @ruelala, and be sure to check out our Food & Entertaining column every Wednesday.

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March 27, 2013