5 Outdoor Dinner Party Ideas

After dinner, some people may want to take a dip.
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When the weather's great, the outdoors beckons. One of the great warm-weather rituals is the outdoor meal. Whether you're having a casual picnic or an elegant tented dinner, eating outside always seems like a special event.

Having an outdoor dinner party can be as simple as throwing some meat and veggies on the grill and calling the neighbors over, or, in the case of an elegant outdoor soiree, it can involve some planning. Before you get ready to entertain outdoors, it helps to prepare, so ask yourself these questions:

  • How formal will the party be?
  • Will it have a theme, and if so, what is it?
  • Will we cook inside, outside or hire a chef?
  • Will we have entertainment?

Deciding your party's level of formality will help guide your other decisions, but selecting a theme could be tough. Here are five ideas that will spark your imagination and set the stage for an incredible outdoor party.