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Whether your outdoor space is small or large, take the comforts of indoor spaces out into fresh air—which can be much more relaxed and casual, perfect for long lazy summer days that lie ahead.
Plan a weekend to “move in” much like you would rearrange or redecorate a living room or dining room.
1. Do some research. Tear photos out of magazines and catalogs for inspiration. But act quick, planting season is fast approaching and outdoor items may have limited availability.
2. Measure the space so you know what will fit and where. Create a floor plan if necessary. Take care of the big stuff first—lounge or dining furniture, umbrellas for shade, lighting—everything else will follow.
3. For daytime lighting, a mainsail umbrella casts a large shadow for UV protection but still allows sunlight to flood the setting.
4. Define spaces and add color with a pegboard reversible outdoor rug.
5. Think about accent tables—coffee, side and console. All are useful for cocktails, appetizers and serving. They also complete an indoor look.
6. As artful as nature is, sometimes it can use embellishments. A 3-D sculpture adds another layer of texture and interest. A vertical garden can also add greenery to small spaces that lack ground cover.
7. Adding accessories is the personal touch that speaks to your personality. For evening entertaining, lots of pillows and candlelight set an inviting mood. We love the natural beauty of the outdoors but smart candle technology is ideal since they won’t blow out in strong winds—and clean up’s a breeze.
8. When choosing dining furniture, take into consideration how much space you have for a dining area and how many guests can fit comfortably. Do you prefer a round or rectangular table for long, casual conversations? As for chairs, comfort is key since you could be lingering for hours. And do they stack or disassemble for storage?
9. Dinnerware can be either melamine if you’re concerned about potential breakage, or porcelain from the kitchen to contrast with a weathered wood tabletop.
10. Gift guests with seasonal blossoms at each placesetting in joyce bud vases. Their wider base adds stability and reduces the risk of tipping.
Whether you’ve snail-mailed or e-mailed invites, your sit-down dinner starts at 8.
Following are essentials to set a casual mood that will relax guests so they can be themselves and linger over good food with pleasant company.
1. Set the mood with music and put it on long play so the rhythm of the party—and you—don’t get interrupted.
2. Let guests pick their seat and skip the place cards. They’ll most likely enjoy the conversation more if their neighbor was their choice.
3. Bring in some natural foliage as a centerpiece. A branch cut from the outdoors, or fresh lemons, are playful elements that make it casual.
4. A curve candleholder not only compliments the background jazz which keeps the party lively, it doesn’t get in the way of conversation.
5. Smart candles are reusable and create a glow as warm as a burning candle.
6. Ditch matching plates and create a softened, relaxed look by layering dinnerware colors and materials—such as green glass cayman with white porcelain plates.
7. Mix things up and layer table linens—such as rustle napkins with high gloss placemats.
8. Stainless pitchers of water keeps everyone hydrated—and keeps you at the table.
9. Think outside the box and mix up stemware. Think stemless wines as water glasses with shapely sophia stems for reds and whites. Together the organic shapes will compliment a relaxed mood.
10. Wine decanters allow wine to breath before pouring, add a sparkle to the table, and keep the tablescape neat and cohesive. Bonus is that you can serve less expensive, while no less delicious, wines without anyone being the wiser.
Hint: position your seat at the table closest to the kitchen for easy access since something’s always forgotten.
And for a neater, edited tabletop, plate entrees in the kitchen and present them to everyone at the same time. This saves the hassle of passing dishes and gives guests a chance to toast the chef!
You’ve sent an open invitation for your party—so do you really know who’s coming to dinner?
For large parties, the easiest way to serve is buffet-style. Consider setting up early—even the night before so your day can be spent cleaning, cooking and getting dressed up without sweating the small, last minute stuff.
Following are 10 essentials for the modern buffet.
2. Keep the setting clean and modern with stacks of white square dinnerware.
3. Sleek marta barware is perfect for any cocktail, soda, juice or wine.
4. Scatter tealights for the warm glow of candlelight.
5. Have plenty of party flatware for each guest—and each course so you can be mingling instead of washing spoons for dessert.
6. White restaurant napkins are made for hungry crowds.
7. Water in beaker glass pitchers. Be sure they’re never empty since everyone’s drinking more of it.
8. Shadow white porcelain serving bowls for pasta or green salads.
9. An oversized aluminum tray to serve cheese, fruits or breads.
10. Two corkscrews and plenty of your favorite wines. Open a few bottle early to let wine breath before pouring.
They’re all inexpensive—even in multiples. Isn’t that something to celebrate?
hint: Have plenty of everything so unexpected guests feel welcome.
How many times have you sat down at a restaurant and been so enamored by the appetizer plate that you turned it over to find out where it’s from? “Who made it and where can I get it?
When you turned over that plate, did you spot our logo? Over the past few years scores of restaurants have been serving everything from spuds to sushi on our dinnerware. Favorites include white square dinner plates, cuatro platters and the curve appetizer spoons.
Now that you know one of their secrets to awesome presentations, would you share your favorite creations using CB2 dinnerware? Or, for inspiration check out Mexique and Fat Cat Bar in Chicago, Vermillion and Death + Company in NY, and The Beta Lounge and Local 123 Cafe in Berkeley—all are fans of CB2-wares!