As warm weather arrives, so does the opportunity to entertain outdoors — an especially appealing prospect this year, as the pandemic drags on but it feels like we’ve been isolated for long enough.
Whether it’s in the garden, on a deck or on a small balcony, your dinner party should be one that guests remember. That means thinking beyond the basics and creating a dining space that’s as thoughtfully appointed as any indoor dining room.
“When friends come by, you want to make them feel special and welcome,” said Cynthia Zamaria, a home and garden stylist based in Toronto and the author of “House + Flower.” “One of the ways to do that is by creating a beautiful table for them. You can still be working on the potato salad, but the table is set and it’s lovely.”
David Stark, a New York-based event designer.
Becky Shea, an interior designer based in New York, who designed one dinner party under a willow tree and another partway up a hill at her house in the Catskill Mountains. “Just by changing the setting, people can be immersed in a different environment.”