Now that we’re in the midst of summer, and the catalogs and magazines are already showing fall clothing, why not take a step back for a moment—and even just pause–in the present? It’s still summer, after all. And one of the best ways to enjoy it is to be outside, al fresco.
Here, Lulu Powers, The Entertainologist shares some outdoor dining tips so you can enjoy (even milk) these last days of the warmest months.
With beautiful, mild summers in Los Angeles, there’s nothing I love more than outdoor entertaining. And al fresco dining is the perfect, easy way to do just that. Al fresco means “outdoors or open air” and to me it means light, fresh ingredients, simple and earthy tablescapes, and good conversation around a table with those you love. It’s about good food and good company. In this month’s Toujours magazine I had the pleasure of sharing with readers just how to accomplish a delicious and effortless al fresco meal. As I share in my editorial, al fresco entertaining can be, as I like to call it, easy peasy lemon squeezy. Use what’s already around your house, like cutting boards for plates or bracelets for napkin ring holders. It can be as simple as plates of cheese, fruits, and vegetables. You don’t even have to cook to entertain. Just don’t forget the sneekys!
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More Easy Entertaining tips:
Though it’s fun to go shopping in preparation for events, parties, or dinners you’re hosting, entertaining can be as easy as using what’s already around your house. Use votive candle holders (which cost about $1 at Target or Michaels) to set out toothpicks in a cute and creative way. Set a tray of cheeses or a bowl of olives next to them for the perfect munchies. Simple as that!
To keep centerpieces lovely:
Baste Your Bouquets
Here’s one my favorite tips on how to make your bouquets last. Some people swear on vodka, bleach, and penny powder. I’ve tried them all and though great, I love this solution because it’s all natural. How I see it, it’s not about what you put in, but what you take out. If you recall, I shared with you guys the trick of using a clear rubber band to hold your bouquet together. This new tip allows you to refresh your water without disrupting your flower arrangement. The solution? A turkey baster! Stick the baster into your vase and squeeze out the old water. Then refill from the tap. By flushing out old water and adding clean water, you’ll keep your leaves green while maintaining your picture perfect arrangement.
For more of Lulu Powers’ tips, please visit her vibrant blog, here. Or visit her at www.lulupowers.com.
~~~Lulu Powers is a best-selling author and entertaining designer, celebrated for her accessible culinary creations, and impeccable styling. While revered among Hollywood elite and New York luminaries, Lulu’s fresh approach to hassle-free entertaining – from food to flowers – has made her a sought-after talent, inspiring mentor, and credible entertaining lifestyle expert.