Entertaining outdoors can add fresh air and much needed square footage to an otherwise stuffy and crowded party. If you like entertaining outdoors all year long, there might be a few things you can buy or use in a unique way to enhance your entertainment experience.

Warmth of Winter Wonderland

First of all, if you have some chilly nights but more clear nights than rainy, then a full-size patio heater might be worth the investment. For under $200 you can buy a pretty powerful heater at Lowe’s. Fire pits are also nice to add ambiance and warmth to a cool weather soiree. Candles in general add a warm look. Use hurricanes to help keep the flames lit and to magnify the effect.

City Sidewalks and Tablescapes

Use things in your garden as components in a beautiful tablescape on your buffet or patio table. Use flowers or greenery from your shrubs to garnish your tables. Twigs can add architectural drama when strategically placed in a vase. Turn over terra cotta pots to make great bases for small platters or candles. Sprinkle a few pebbles around to finish off the look.

Oh Give Us the Figi Pudding

Serving dishes have never been more fun than when you use outdoor materials. Buy a few pavers to be platters for your cheese assortment or canap├ęs. A wheel barrow never looked better than when it is filled with ice and beer or bottles of champagne–brings new meaning to the term “port-a-bar.” Line clay planters with plastic or aluminum foil to serve a salad or side dish. Fill a birdhouse with colorful glass Christmas bulbs for a charming centerpiece that is organic and glamorous.

Entertaining outdoors can be cold, forgettable, and disastrous. Use your backyard accessories to make your backyard parties warm, memorable, and a lot of fun!