Entertaining... al fresco

Living in Southern California, you come to love spending most of your time outdoors as there is SO much to do here that involves being outside. Luckily, I've met someone who enjoys it as much as I do and together we have discovered so many amazing places to wine and dine al fresco (my bf, duh). And as we do this often... I have found so much inspiration in outdoor decorating. I haven't yet taken pictures of my fave spots here at home, but I did find some images that inspired me just as well.

al fresco collage

1. This is one necessary piece I believe any fabulous entertainer must have in her outdoor eating area, a chandelier of course:) There are so many ways you can incorporate them into your space. Hang one from a tree and light small tealights, wire one into your outdoor cabana (if you're lucky enough to have one), or just hang a few mini chandeliers with a small candle from an overhang or patio cover.

via notebook: magazine

2. Wrought iron is ALWAYS an outdoor DO. It will patina up nicely and is very parisian chic:) And don't underestimate the power of fruit, as a centerpiece that is. Throw a few lemons in a plain glass bowl and voila! Centerpiece!

via notebook: magazine

3. Two of my favorites in one image, fresh flowers and a chandelier... lovely.

via Martha Stewart

4. Ok, maybe it's just me, but i'm obsessed with birdcages right now. Wouldn't these be adorable hanging from a tree in your yard with a candle burning? I think so...

via notebook: magazine

Hope you enjoy and take some inspiration for your own yard!

PS- be careful with all the candle suggestions, especially around trees... in the summer... when everything is dry... and easily catches on fire. (I should take my own advise, our house has become known as a "fire hazard" at times due to my candle obsession)