Gathered around a green table
Thomas J. Story

Make the Most of the Season

The warm, pleasant weather of spring just begs to be enjoyed. Our ten tips will help you make the most of this season meant for entertaining.


Candles cast a pleasing light
Norm Plate

1. Light Up the Night

Don’t settle for harsh overhead floodlights. Use glass hurricanes to hold tabletop candles so the wind doesn’t blow them out, and position torches around the edges of the party to create a perimeter and cast dramatic shadows.


Citrus colors pop in a green garden
Steven Gunther

2. Color Talk

Go for color. Use bright color like melon, fuschia and lemon-yellow to pop against the green. The inclination to use green botanical prints in a garden setting is a natural one, but they will disappear when surrounded by shrubs and plantings.


Clean garden party space
Norm Plate

3. Trash Talk

Don’t forget to place an attractive trash can nearby to prevent trash from piling up on the table. And make sure it starts out empty!


Shaded garden patio

4. Sun Salutations

If your party is a daytime event, be sure to provide shade, even if it means renting a tent. There’s nothing worse than watching your guests turn lobster-red before dessert.


Container garden on the beach
Roger Foley

5. Bug It

If you’re not averse to chemicals, spray your terrace or patio with insecticide before the party. For a green approach, plant marigolds around the patio, which are a natural bug deterrent.


Garden party beneath a tent
Ken Gutmaker

6. Work Surface

Bring an extra table or teacart outdoors. You always need more table surface than you can predict for extra glasses or hors d’oeuvres.


Fragrant blossoms along a path
Norm Plate

7. Scents and Sensibility

Plant fragrant blossoms around your terrace, which will release their heady scent at dusk. A few recommendations: Eleagnus, jasmine, mock orange and passion vine.


Walled garden and fire pit
Thomas J. Story

8. Light a Fire

Invest in a fire pit and you won’t be able to make your guests go indoors. The mesmerizing effect of the fire works as well outdoors as in and can save your party from a chilly night.


Colorful Melamine dinnerware
Courtesy of Target

9. The Real Deal

Purchase some melamine dinner plates for a party. They come in delightful designs and are lightweight and unbreakable.

Key West Collection
$14.99
Available at Target


Garden party beneath an arbor
Pieter Estersohn

10. Hot Tunes

Play warm-weather music like salsa or reggae. These tunes were meant to be enjoyed outdoors.


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