1. Prep your cutlery and plates
Wrap cutlery in napkins and stash them in an extra pitcher or vase. Try mixing and matching plates, bowls and chargers for a casual touch. Tip: Give your table a polished look with a colourful runner or tablecloth.
2. Assemble a basket with blankets, pillows and rugs
Have this at the ready for when the temperature drops or if your party increases. Picnic-style dining will ensure everyone has a seat.
3. Decorate with flowers
Break up a grocery store bouquet and accentuate with greenery from your garden. Or just pick flowers straight from your backyard.
4. Get creative with your lighting
Use votive candles and hurricane lanterns for after-sunset lighting. String up some globe lights above the table or along a fence for a warm glow. Click here for the top string lighting picks of the season.