Outdoor Entertaining | Harvest Party

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  • We entertain a lot differently than we used to – and to be honest, I think it’s so much better! I used to prepare a lot of 3-4 course meals that took a week of preparation, and another week of cleanup. Now, with three children, we host impromptu get togethers, almost always after the girls retire. I find that when you feel easy, so do your guests! Nothing is easier than a little wine, cheese and seasonal appetizers.
    It may be August, but with kids returning to school and cooler evening temperatures, it feels like Fall. That’s why I gravitated toward these colorful mums.
    I placed them in glass milk bottles I have yet to return for the deposit.
    A canvas painter’s drop cloth is my favorite “table cloth.” I’ve had this one for years. I don’t feel the need to press it like my more formal table cloths, and I don’t fret when there’s a spill.
    For an evening get together, I like to provide a few easy things for guests to nosh on, like these fig, caramelized onion and goat cheese crostinis. Seasonal and delectable.
    Candles always add ambience, but are especially perfect for an outdoor evening. I have a tray of candles in our living room that are easily moved from one location to another.
    One of the easiest appetizers are tomatoes pulled right from the vine, drizzled with balsamic, olive oil, salt and pepper.
    I always love great cheese, grapes and berries served with crackers and baguette as well.
    Rather than host on the patio, sometimes I like to bring a table into the yard, to truly enjoy the great outdoors {and our wildflower garden}.
    and a few more photos because I couldn’t resist sharing more!
    You can find additional inspiration on the Lowe’s Creative Ideas Blog and the complimentary Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine! I’m honored to be a part of Lowe’s Creative Ideas Creators and Influencers Network and have been compensated for my work. All ideas, opinions and designs are my own.
     
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    Coordinately yours,
     
    Julie
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