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

Music for entertaining
Photo by Thomas J. Story

Bring the music outside

6. Interactive ambience: Set up a record player and a selection of albums—ask guests to bring their favorites and encourage all to play DJ. An iPod boom box works too.

Get it: USB turntable by Crosley ($131; amazon.com).

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