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Bring the Party Outdoors!

Enjoy the summer season al fresco with these latest trends.

The Fourth of July holiday weekend is almost here! As the summer season gets into full swing on the North Fork, outdoor entertaining takes centerstage, offering a chance to revel in nature’s beauty while creating memorable moments with friends and family. New trends emerge every summer, reshaping the way we dine, relax, and celebrate outdoors. From innovative decor ideas to inventive culinary experiences, here are some of the latest trends in outdoor entertaining.

Photo: Walpole Outdoors

Sustainable Dining
Sustainability is at the forefront of outdoor entertaining trends. Hosts are opting for eco-friendly tableware, such as biodegradable plates and utensils made from renewable resources. Bamboo and palm leaf plates, for example, add a touch of natural elegance to outdoor gatherings while minimizing environmental impact. Additionally, there is a growing trend towards using locally sourced, organic ingredients for outdoor meals, reducing the carbon footprint of the event.

Outdoor Kitchens and Grilling Stations
Becoming increasingly popular, this trend allows hosts to prepare meals without being isolated from their guests. These outdoor culinary spaces often feature built-in grills, sinks, refrigerators, and ample counter space for food preparation. They provide a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor areas, creating a cohesive and inviting atmosphere for guests to mingle and enjoy the outdoors.

Al Fresco Dining Experiences
Al fresco dining experiences are all about creating a sense of escapism and luxury in outdoor settings. This trend involves transforming outdoor spaces into elegant dining venues, complete with beautiful table settings, ambient lighting, and comfortable seating. Hosts are opting for sophisticated decor elements such as table linens, floral arrangements, and mood lighting to create a memorable dining experience under the stars.

Outdoor Bars and Beverage Stations
Outdoor bars and beverage stations are a popular trend for summer entertaining, offering guests a variety of refreshing drinks to enjoy in the sunshine. These stations can range from simple setups with a selection of beverages on ice to elaborate setups with custom cocktails and mixologists. The key is to provide a variety of options to cater to different tastes, including mocktails, craft beers, and artisanal sodas.

Cozy Outdoor Lounge Areas
A trend that continues to gain popularity, as hosts seek to provide comfortable spaces for guests to relax and unwind. This trend involves incorporating plush seating, such as sofas, daybeds, and oversized cushions, as well as adding elements like fire pits, outdoor rugs, and throw blankets to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. These spaces are perfect for casual gatherings, intimate conversations, or simply enjoying the summer breeze.

Interactive Entertainment
This trend adds an element of fun and excitement to outdoor gatherings. This can include activities such as lawn games, DIY craft stations, or live entertainment like musicians or performers. Interactive entertainment helps to engage guests and create a lively and festive atmosphere, making outdoor gatherings more memorable and enjoyable for everyone.

Outdoor Movie Nights
A trend that is gaining popularity for summer entertaining, offering a unique and memorable experience for guests of all ages. Hosts can set up a movie screen in their backyard or outdoor space and provide comfortable seating for guests to enjoy a film under the stars. This trend is perfect for warm summer nights and can be enhanced with themed decor, popcorn stations, and cozy blankets for guests to snuggle up in.

As summer approaches, these trends in outdoor entertaining offer exciting new ways to enjoy the season with friends and family. Whether you’re hosting a casual barbecue, an elegant catered dinner party, incorporating these trends into your outdoor events can help create memorable experiences that will last a lifetime. So, embrace the outdoors, get creative, and enjoy all that summer has to offer..