From a simple BBQ to an outdoor wedding reception, think of “outside” as bonus living space.

Simple breakfast book club gatherings on a porch can be something special just by creating different elements for serving pieces.  Use that mason jar as your punch bowl, huge leaves as placemats, wood trays properly protected for food safety, of course.

[Photo Jennifer Davick / Styling Buffy Hargett / Food Styling Marian Cooper Cairns, Marion McGahey]

Set the mood outdoors with candles (flameless are readily available).  Jars and wine bottles are a couple of ideas to use as a candle holder.  Yes, and what a look a simple string of lights can achieve.

[clear tent rented from RediRental in Muskegon Michigan]

Once, simply “under the deck” came to be a Tiki Bar.  By Defining your space with coverings or furniture, this last breath of summer will seem even more enjoyable.


Whatever it is you choose to do, creating an inviting oasis will help extend the summer….