The 4th of July is right around the corner. I’m looking forward to outdoor entertaining!  I promise you, with a little preparation, and the right necessities on hand, outdoor parties can feel completely effortless.  In terms of a menu, I love to serve this spicy tomato aspic for a summer lunch. You can make it the day before your get-together, place it in the refrigerator overnight, and then serve it with either chicken or shrimp salad.

For outdoor dining, I love some of the new melamine options out there, like either the Texquite Melamine Woodgrain or the Provence available at Treillage. Both of these sets of sets are chic and practical. They can withstand the transportation to and from the kitchen, stacking, and are dishwasher and microwave safe. The Pisa glasses are also great for the outdoors. They are made of thick plastic and have a rippled surface that gives them a great feel.

I love when your guest stay past dinner and the sun starts to go down. Candles are the perfect way to keep the party outside and to add ambience. I’m always looking for unusual candle holders. Scatter them about your outdoor area. Put them on side tables and consoles. They are sure to add a little sparkle. Large hurricanes make a great centerpiece on an outdoor table.  And, I love these garden torcheres available at Treillage. They are perfect for lighting a path to an outdoor eating area.

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2 Responses to Outdoor Entertaining

  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE tomato aspic. It’s such a great thing for a hot summer’s evening supper outside. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  2. Benedict Delo says:

    Candles are wonderful things that can evoke many moods and enhance many settings. Perhaps you’re planning a romantic dinner for two, or a family Thanksgiving or Christmas gathering. Placing candles on the table adds to your decor and tells your guests that they’re special.:

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