Outdoor Entertaining: Brighten Up Your Next Shindig

With colors and patterns like these, al fresco dining never had it so good...

Susan Brierly Bush tablescape
My patio tablescape sings with Jonathan Adler dinnerware, vintage tumblers, fringed placemats and napkins, and fresh peonies from my garden.

End-of-summer blues?  Not so fast!  With plenty of sunny days and balmy nights still ahead, now’s the time to plan a “last-hurrah” shindig of summer.  Make your next pool or patio party welcoming with colorful dinnerware, linens and serving pieces. Mix it up with fresh flowers, vintage barware and a few new pieces from your favorite retailers.

Some of the hottest looks hail from Jonathan Adler, and I recently styled my own patio party with this whimsical designer’s dinnerware and beach towels. I especially like this cheery collection because the color palette wows in blues and lavenders with funky patterns exploding in Greek-keys and honeycombs.

Layer on the style and turn your outdoor space into a relaxing retreat with accessories that are fine enough to use indoors. Cool breezes blowing?  Break out soft, warm throws, toss some logs on the fire pit and keep the party rolling into September and October.

Visit the Jonathan Adler store in Short Hills or shop jonathanadler.com for indoor and outdoor entertaining ideas for any season.

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