En­ter­tainer’s Par­adise

Cottages & Bungalows - - The Goods -

• Trays. While a serv­ing tray is use­ful most of the time, at the en­ter­tain­ing beach house, where the pa­tio is fur­ther than the din­ing room or kitchen, it is an es­sen­tial. Load it up with sil­ver­ware, nap­kins and other serv­ing ne­ces­si­ties to bring them out­side with ease. Or, in­stead, style it as an out­door cen­ter­piece that is eas­ily brought in.

De­spite its size, the pe­tite sea­side cot­tage just begs to play host­ess to all kinds of sum­mer­time cel­e­bra­tions. Here are four must-haves to make your out­door get-to­geth­ers as mem­o­rable as those in­doors.

• Lanterns. Pa­tios and yards of­ten have their own light­ing, but rarely is it as moody and de­light­ful as your in­door spa­ces. Bring­ing vo­tives and lanterns to your ta­ble is a beau­ti­ful ad­di­tion of light and dé­cor steeped in a com­ple­men­tary sense of tra­di­tion.

• Pitch­ers. Far from your bar cart and kitchen, the pa­tio shindig is the per­fect place to show­case your fa­vorite pitch­ers and carafes. Few can deny the sim­ple plea­sure of pulling out a pitcher for serv­ing lemon­ade, cool wa­ter or per­haps some­thing with a bit of a kick.

• Cush­ions. Rat­tan and wicker are beau­ti­ful, but dress them up with plenty of cush­ions and lum­bar pil­lows to make them as re­lax­ing as they are pretty. Don’t for­get to in­vest in those de­signed for out­doors—then sandy pil­lows can be given a quick spritz of the hose and left to dry overnight free of guilt.

|TOP RIGHT| GO­ING DUTCH. Spend any amount of time in an old beach com­mu­nity and you’ll see that touch­stone of a sea­side cot­tage: the Dutch door. Also known as “dou­ble hung,” these doors are a de­light­ful beach­side com­mu­nity tra­di­tion. See­ing one with...

|RIGHT| AL FRESCO. The art of main­tain­ing an out­door din­ing space by the beach is dif­fi­cult to master. But an abun­dance of mov­able el­e­ments makes it all eas­ier. The ta­ble is black glass, a sur­face per­fect for elab­o­rate dé­cor and for wip­ing off...

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