There is nothing more pleasurable than
dining in the open air, within walls built
of vines, under a canopy of twinkling stars. It
can, however, be spoiled by uncomfortable, dirty
outdoor furniture, poor lighting and lack of
preparation for the weather.
Select outdoor furniture that matches your
needs. Wood options include timeless and classic
teak, with its natural resistance to decay, insects
and weather corrosion; less expensive pine, which
must be a premium kiln-dried, pressure-treated
grade to withstand weather; and beautiful western
cedar, with its simple rustic charm.
Metal outdoor furnishings include cast aluminum
with 100 percent rustproof finishes, hammered
wrought iron and substantial cast iron.
There’s a very fine line between the beauty
of twilight and the pitch black of night. Lighting
is essential. Unscented candles are the easiest
and usually the least expensive. They add a
wonderful warm glow, transport easily and can
adapt to various locations. Numerous tea candles
strategically and safely placed in the garden
have an added benefit of drawing insects
away from you and the food.
By Pat Volchok,
If your outdoor entertaining area is electrically
wired, be sure to purchase waterproof fixtures that har-
monize with your decor. Think about adding strings
of economical, festive miniature outdoor patio lights.
Weather can be a challenge. You might want to
consider investing in a portable patio heater, outdoor
movable wood stove or patio umbrella.
If you take half as much time with your outdoor
entertaining area as you do with your garden, we
guarantee a delicious outcome.