Outdoor entertaining: Early-evening cocktails
Even if it’s too brisk for an entire open-air dinner, you can still start the party alfresco.
1. Quick spritzer: Instead of the expected cranberry, surprise your guests with pear: Fill a glass halfway with pear nectar (we like Kern’s) and top it with your favorite prosecco.
2. Easy eats: Make your own toasted herbed almonds: Combine 2 cups raw almonds, 2 tbsp. sea salt, 1 tbsp. finely minced rosemary, and 2 tsp. olive oil. Roast on a sheet pan for 10 to 12 minutes at 350°.
Get it: Streak-Dyed bowls by Urban Outfitters ($8 each; urbanoutfitters.com).