Bringing Your Indoors Outdoors
by Gail McCauley
Description: Ideas for bringing your indoor decorating outdoors.
Summer is a time for relaxing. It brings to mind evening
pool parties, and spending time outdoors. A simple
way to celebrate those warm summer days and pleasant evenings is
your indoors, outside!
For instance, tell the kids you are planning a family
at your own house! Bring your dinette set outside on your
Take the time to set your table as if you were camping.
your vinyl tablecloth, paper plates, and plastic utensils.
few candles on the table. Tell ghost stories and take the
enjoy your family. The kids will love it and you will too!
Another suggestion is to plan a festive dinner party.
dinette set outside, but this time set out your best table linens
cloth napkins!), good dishes, and a special centerpiece for your
Scented candles provide scrumptious fragrances and wonderful
Yet another idea is to use your white mini holiday lights.
like me, you usually overestimate at holiday time and probably
an unopened box!) String lights around your outside
umbrella or use
them to trim your back patio. Mini lights lend a warm
perfect for any special occasion. Another easy and
to add interesting lighting is the use of colored light
come in a variety of colors and are readily available in your
stores. Flicker light bulbs are my personal favorite.
give the aura of candles and are perfect for permanent fixtures.
Don't forget the music! No dinner party is complete
music. Make sure that you know your guests musical
of time and bring out the boom box.
Finally, for that extra added touch you can create place card
for each of your guests. These can be as simple as colored
board, with each guest's name handwritten. Attach a tiny
Here are some ideas for inexpensive and simple table
Centerpiece Idea #1 - Place 1 or 2 large scented
candles in the
center or at either end of your table. The 3-wick candles
personal favorite, as they are especially bold. They can be
everywhere from discount stores, to craft stores and often go on
(I usually buy mine immediately after the holiday ends, when you
find red or green ones at Christmas for at least 50% off the
Trim them with clippings from your own summer garden! Wrap
grapevine around the base of each candle. Fill in with
Centerpiece Idea #2 - Make your own candle
If you don't want to buy a 3-wick candle, use a candle of your
Take out all of your candles and arrange in a group or cluster to
one unique candle arrangement. You can place the tall,
in the center and the shorter, wider candles around them.
may want to try a monochromatic vinette. Take all candles
same color and arrange together. This produces a very
Whatever outdoor party you choose, take the time to
at your party!
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