• 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...