Dinner on the deck: The plan
The plan shows how the kitchen courtyard, food counter, dining area, and seating work together to create a perfect party space.
Tips from these outdoor dining rooms:
Built-in countertops in or near the dining area are handy, but if you don't have them, portable carts or side tables will do the job well.
Situate your dinner table under a large tree, patio overhang, vine-covered arbor, pergola, or colorful market umbrella.
Use your garden to inspire tableware and decorating choices.
Ahead: More great ideas for dining outside