Your guide to outdoor entertaining

Make your next outdoor party a breeze with inventive menus, fun decorating ideas, and easy tips

20 tips for your best outdoor party

In the West, we can hike in January, picnic in March, and even celebrate Thanksgiving––at least partly––outdoors. Here are our ideas for year-round entertaining outside

Outdoor party snacks
Photo by Thomas J. Story

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).

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