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

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Hot chocolate cocktail
Photo by Thomas J. Story

Warm up with a drink

19. And that nightcap? Brew some dark hot chocolate and serve it on a tray with add-your-own nut liqueurs and gourmet marshmallows. Our favorite combo: E. Guittard Grand Cacao Drinking Chocolate ($9) with Nocino della Cristina walnut liqueur (about $30).

Get it: Spoon coffee mugs by CB2 ($16/set of 4).

Location: Design by Chad DeWitt (415/894-5102); landscape design by Patricia St. John (510/848-5673)

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