Bringing the Indoors Out: Garden Dining

Who doesn't love a fancy garden party? But that rusty old pool furniture? The mildewed cushions? It may leave you wanting something a bit more...genteel. Before the summer ends, you should try to throw at least one gorgeous outdoor dinner (It will make this summer even more memorable than the last.)
Don't fret on cost. Look no further than inside your own house to furnish your new outdoor dining room. It might require a little heavy lifting, but you'll find much of your indoor stuff can moonlight as garden wares for the day (or night).

Here are 5 great ideas for bringing the indoors out.
1. Get a little creative with your table linens. Check out the bedroom for coverlets that can double as tablecloths. The extra padding is more durable and can also go right on the lawn if need be. Traditions by Pamela Kline's coverlets are a sophisticated take on a ticking stripe. (Just for ideas!)

2. Goodbye paper lanterns, and hello crystal! Hang a chandelier over your dining table. You'll just need to find a stable tree branch, loop and tie securely with a rope.

3. Why not bust out the china? Somehow everything seems just a bit more carefree outdoors. Even a tulipiere, a fancy vase for cut flowers, can be downright casual.
4. Everything is always better with a little silver. Plus, the great thing about silver is the more you use it, the more sparkly it becomes. Ebay.com is a favorite source for silver pieces. You can find silver-plated pieces for less than $50, five-figure rococo showstoppers and everything in between.
5. Don't forget the bar, an essential part of any good party. You can use any old console table, throw a tablecloth over it and set up your bar station. This acrylic one from CB2 works perfectly.
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