8 Cozy, Creative Ideas to (Safely) Entertain Outdoors

Entertaining has always required organizational finesse. Accommodating guests, finalizing a menu, and even figuring out a playlist takes planning, and that’s probably why at a gathering, the host often resembles an orchestra conductor, pulling together…

Entertaining has always required organizational finesse. Accommodating guests, finalizing a menu, and even figuring out a playlist takes planning, and that’s probably why at a gathering, the host often resembles an orchestra conductor, pulling together various facets. Add on a global pandemic, and well, the job to host even the smallest gathering is that much harder.

In the summer, people could gather in small and socially-distant groups in outdoor spaces that were either as comfortable—or for those of us without air conditioning—more comfortable than an indoor setting. But now that temperatures have cooled, a new challenge has presented itself: hosting outdoors without turning guests into walking coat racks. We spoke to two designers to ask how they would host an open-air gathering so that it’s both fun and budget-friendly.

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19 Backyard Kitchens That Make Us Want to Live Outside

Summer lovin’.

Photo by D.S. Fine Home Building

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, all the way through Labor Day: Eating outdoors is one of the greatest joys of summertime. Especially during a summer such as this, when the demands on our homes, and lives indoors, have really being stretched. As the weather gods play nice and the days get warmer, our focus naturally shifts to wanting to take some of our fettered lives outdoors—to our newly-blooming backyards and gardens.

But when your kitchen is inside—and the warm weather outside—you can start to feel a little separate from the action. The family’s gathered around the patio, or playing cornhole on the lawn, while you’re indoors, grabbing (more) ice or dressing the salad. It’s these moments that inspire a common condition known as “Outdoor Kitchen Jealousy.”

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Summer lovin'. Photo by D.S. Fine Home Building

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, all the way through Labor Day: Eating outdoors is one of the greatest joys of summertime. Especially during a summer such as this, when the demands on our homes, and lives indoors, have really being stretched. As the weather gods play nice and the days get warmer, our focus naturally shifts to wanting to take some of our fettered lives outdoors—to our newly-blooming backyards and gardens.

But when your kitchen is inside—and the warm weather outside—you can start to feel a little separate from the action. The family’s gathered around the patio, or playing cornhole on the lawn, while you’re indoors, grabbing (more) ice or dressing the salad. It’s these moments that inspire a common condition known as “Outdoor Kitchen Jealousy.”

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9 Tiny Patios That Feel Like An Oasis

Did you know there’s a whole green world of teeny-tiny, only-a-few-square-feet patios (and balconies and terraces) out there? And you don’t even need to have one to feel rejuvenated by their verdant charm. I can attest. I recently spent a whole afterno…

Did you know there’s a whole green world of teeny-tiny, only-a-few-square-feet patios (and balconies and terraces) out there? And you don’t even need to have one to feel rejuvenated by their verdant charm. I can attest. I recently spent a whole afternoon scrolling through little green spaces on Instagram. A quick search for the hashtags #pocketpatio, #tinybalcony, or #tinypatio, and my feed was suddenly green and grown-over with leaves and tiny budding flowers—here or there, a little wrought-iron chair or mini table barely visible behind trailing vines...with just enough space for a morning cup of coffee.

A wedge of outdoor space feels more important than ever these days. Each of these tiny outdoor spots is no bigger than a postage stamp—some are just big enough for one person to stand in—but, with some creativity, they offer plenty of space to grow a few herbs, flowers, tomatoes, and leafy plants on railings and floors and walls, in pots and from hooks.

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The Outdoor Bistro Set That Makes My Patio Feel Like a Paris Cafe

Home is the place we feel the most like ourselves—where we kick off our shoes, share our meals, and make memories. We’re taking our love for all things home and bringing it to Instagram. Follow along at Home52 and make yourselves—well, you know.

The…

Home is the place we feel the most like ourselves—where we kick off our shoes, share our meals, and make memories. We’re taking our love for all things home and bringing it to Instagram. Follow along at Home52 and make yourselves—well, you know.


There’s a reason so many of us (me) aspire to a French style of living; it at once exudes effortlessness and careful attention to detail—the ultimate balance of practice and je ne sais quoi. I’ve always wanted to be that girl whose skin glows naturally, whose drugstore scent is deceptively enticing, and whose home looks stylishly un-styled. Instead, I lather on four creams at bedtime, spend rent money on expensive perfume, and agonize over the placement of books on a shelf.

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