Mix Outdoor Furniture with Indoor Décor The fantastic part about bringing your indoors outside is that you don’t need to invest in any new seasonal outdoor items. Use throw pillows from your sofa and grab a mirror from your hallway. Welcome guests with a chalkboard sign that is borrowed from the playroom. Think outside the box and use what you already own and love. A sofa table can become a
bar from which to serve drinks, covered with a table runner. Set a wicker storage basket topped with a tray alongside an outdoor bench, made extra inviting with pillows. One of the best parts of throwing an outdoor party is eliminating the need to worry about the inside of your home. It needn’t be picture perfect or spotless!
Make it Playful The most memorable parties are those that see everyone lingering well beyond the meal into the twilight hours as the stars come out. Providing activities for guests to engage in and enjoy will have people feeling as if they are kicking back in your living room. Setting out a
variety of games to try a hand at adds a fun dimension to any gathering. Whether it’s a game of backgammon or a friendly game of cards, your guests will feel inclined to play well into the night.
House of Fifty magazine July/August 2012 issue