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Hostess with the Mostess: Dream Outdoor DiningSummer is quickly approaching – and in the world of entertaining that means we get to start taking our get-togethers from the dining table to the patio table! Poolside cocktail parties, Sunday afternoon BBQ’s, and kick-back backyard dinner parties – complete with frosty beverages of course – are just a couple of the perks that the warmer weather brings.

Some of you may already have that great backyard with tons of open space to fill with lots of fantastic outdoor furniture and friends – and some may just have to plan for “one day” (you know, when you hit the jackpot in Vegas, get that hefty promotion, or hit it big with that genious invention of yours). In any case, it’s fun to dream! Here are some ultra-cool outdoor settings that I personally find dreamy for entertaining…

{pictured above and below: modern outdoor furnishings from Design Within Reach} above: Bubble Club Sofa ($889 ea), Prince Aha Stool $(87 ea), and Luau Portable Lamps ($250 ea); below: Primary Pouf benches ($330 ea) and Jellyfish Chairs and Ottomans ($600/set)

Hostess with the Mostess: Dream Outdoor Dining{pictured below: contemporary outdoor furnishings from West Elm – click here to view all}

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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

8 responses to “dream dining & entertaining outdoors”

  1. maggie says:

    DWR is soooo cool! I’ll have to dream for now – maybe one day!

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  3. lisa m says:

    love that west elm “trellis” look. Reminds me of the new stuff at Target.

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  5. Becky says:

    I like the lamps.. do you think they could handle a slight rain and/or sprinklers?

  6. hiphostess says:

    Hi Becky –

    Just chatted with DWR and they said that the lamps “are water resistent but they we wouldn’t recommend leaving them out in a downpour.” Hope that helps :)

  7. Maryam in Marrakesh says:

    I love that all white look for outdoors. So fresh. Wonder how it wears over time. Hmmm…

  8. ** Terramia ** says:

    yummm! love this time of year…