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The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors

Spring and summer are always a great time for dining al fresco; but there is no better time than the spring and summer of 2020. As we continue to practice social distancing, limit our indoor contact, and keep gatherings on the smaller side, using outdoor spaces for entertaining has become vital.

As I contemplate the best way to socialize with my friends and neighbors, I wanted to make it a fun process, so I’ve scoured the Internet for some great recipes and thoughtful ideas for entertaining outdoors.

Have your neighbors over for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Several tasty appetizers can be enough for a meal and paired with some fun cocktails or savory wines, it can make for a fantastic evening. And because they’re your neighbors, they can walk home!

The 50 Best Summer Appetizers (from The Spruce Eats)

24 Modern Summer Cocktails (from Food & Wine)

Your friends may span decades, some might still have young children, while others are empty nesters, either by choice or circumstances. A great way to gather a close-knit circle of friends is with an afternoon barbecue. So prep those salads and fire up the grill for a fun-filled afternoon!

40 Easy Summer Salads for Your Next Barbecue (from Country Living)

32 Sizzling Meat Recipes for the Grill (from Delish)

Do you share a sweet tooth with family or friends? Summer is a great time for a good old-fashioned Ice Cream Social. Select some classics, like chocolate and vanilla, and maybe a fruit flavored ice cream like peach, or strawberry. Add nuts, fruits, and sauce toppings with some whipped cream and you are ready to party!

How to Keep Ice Cream Frozen at an Outdoor Party (from DIY Network)

Homemade Whipped Cream (from Sally’s Baking Addiction)

And for those gatherings that linger into the cooler evenings, consider investing in a patio heater so your time outside is as enjoyable as it can be!

Shelley Nicholson

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