Twin Cities Outdoor Entertaining

Backyard Dining & Entertaining Tips – Summertime in the Twin Cities

Now that we’ve seen a little sunshine here in the Twin Cities, we know you’re itching to get out of that kitchen and spend time dining and entertaining outside, lounging gracefully on your deck or patio. Thanks to growing trends in outdoor kitchens and the ongoing improvement of outdoor entertaining products, enjoying time outside is more comfortable than ever, bringing the sophistication of the indoors to the outdoor world!

Here are a few fun tips for making your backyard entertaining experience a fabulous one:

Plan Your Space – Whether you’re creating a permanent lounge area that revolves around a grill, prep & storage space, outdoor seating, and an eating area — or just setting up a party space — planning is key.  Think about how you want the space to flow, what’s practical for food prep and storage, how much seating you’ll need, and what style of decor you want to convey.

Decorate Using Interior Elements – To really give off a comfortable and elegant vibe, use a few traditionally indoor pieces in your space.  Maybe an oriental rug, some candle holders, a vase, or pillows for your bench or chairs.  Interior elements will make your space feel cozy and inviting.

Create Centerpieces – Whether you use vases of natural greenery from the garden or colorful potted flowers, add some life and height to the center of your table.  A row of jars filled with single stems can be a fun touch, or even a bowl of summer fruit.

Light Things Up – Don’t forget that outdoor dining is often done after dusk.  Some permanent outdoor spaces with cover may include a chandelier or a ceiling fan with light.  If your decorating plans aren’t quite as long term, consider lanterns, strings of small white lights, candles, and lighted torches.  A little light can go a long way in bringing ambiance to your outdoor event, or enjoying a relaxed evening at home.

Now get outside and enjoy the great outdoors!  And don’t forget to check back for more ideas, and some exciting new products here at The Cabinet Store + Culina Design, that will make your outdoor living space even more exciting.

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