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5 Outdoor Dinner Party Ideas


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An Elegant Meal
When the sun goes down, you'll really shine when you go for elegance under the lights.
When the sun goes down, you'll really shine when you go for elegance under the lights.
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Outdoor parties don't have to be casual affairs. Turn any outdoor space into an elegant setting for a special-occasion dinner. Place your table under a tent or canopy and cover it with a classic linen tablecloth. Use the fine china.

Pay special attention to lighting to make your dinner stand out. Try some of these lighting techniques:

  • Candles or candelabras on the table
  • Paper lanterns draped among the trees
  • Sparkling holiday lights draping around the canopy

Food for this type of dinner party should also be special. Bring out your best recipes or even consider hiring a personal chef to create an unforgettable menu.


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