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
15. Bring in the light: Go beyond the ho-hum twinkle of traditional Christmas tree strands. We love these colorful porcelain shades, which shed a soft glow, like mini pendant lamps.
16. Create the space: Turn a backyard corner into a cozy nook with a colorful rug to define the area.
17. Warm it up: Cluster eco-friendly mini fire bowls for a little heat without all the smoke.
18. Inside out: Bring out your favorite cushions or blankets, or buy a few inexpensive ones that you can leave outside.
Get it: Porcelain Disk string lights in Storm by Pigeon Toe Ceramics ($164/strand of 10). Pondicherry cube by Roost ($250; available at Lawson-Fenning, 323/660-1500). Mini River Rock fire bowls by Restoration Hardware ($49 each; 10-in. diameter, 51/2 in. high). Ombré rug by CB2 ($249; 5 by 8 ft.). Pondicherry floor pillows by Roost ($195 each; available at Lawson-Fenning).