Outdoor Dining Tips
Hosting Thanksgiving this year and in search of some outdoor dining tips? If you live where it’s warm enough to entertain on your patio (or you’re braving the cooler temps), a couple quick tips to consider:
- Keep it simple and make a buffet table inside to keep the food warm;
- Use small side tables for appetizers and desserts;
- Prep sides and bake desserts a day early;
- Assign the jobs of greeter and turkey carver to a family member to lessen the pressure in the moments before dinner is served.
If it’s not toasty warm outdoors for serving the feast, you can use your outdoor room as an extra gathering spot for guests to retreat from the hustle and bustle of the kitchen!
Decorations? A few simple ways (from DigsDigs) to add those finishing touches to your deck or back porch include using string lights or lanterns, adding colorful cushions, or using pumpkins or fresh fruit for table decorations.
Thinking ahead to your December or January gathering, choose your own pergola to add the right atmosphere or setting to your outdoor eating area.
Whether you’re using your outdoor space for the main meal, overflow, or post dining relaxation, spruce up the area using a few of these tips for outdoor dining from HGTV, or follow your own creative instincts!