With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s time to plan events and entertainment for family and friends. If you have limited space inside, don’t despair. Our mild San Diego fall nights ensure that we can keep the party going outside for months to come. Here are a few ways to get your outdoor living space ready for holiday entertaining.
Think of It as Your “Outdoor Living Room”
There is no need to treat your deck or patio any differently than an indoor living room. This also helps to create a natural transition between the indoors and out. Think of it in terms of “flow.” When your guests arrive, they will naturally move through the interior and continue to the exterior if invited to do so; be sure to create an unobstructed walkway to open patio doors. Outside, include conversational groupings and seating arrangements which further enable this flow.
One example of an inviting area for holiday entertaining is this Blue Olive seating arrangement. The sofa and chair are just as plush and cozy as similar pieces you might find inside the home. It features a Weatherstone™ “slate”-topped coffee table with matching sides of all-weather wicker in a classic herringbone design. This grouping is both functional as well as comfortable. The little details, such as the five different colors of woven strands in the wicker, bring iconic Tommy Bahama style to each piece.
Another holiday entertaining option is to scatter several loveseats throughout your outdoor living space. Look at this gorgeous one from the Black Sands collection. Pieces from the Black Sands collection imbue a more formal vibe, with their classic quatrefoil design cast in aluminum and fringed pillows. There are several options for the finish, but the deep umber stain with soft metallic undertones shown here is the perfect foil for the ornate design details.
Holiday Entertaining Requires Food and Beverage
What is a party without a space specifically designated for food and beverages? Try intimate groupings of bar stools and bistro tables combined with more traditional dining sets. This ensures that your guests have their choice of casual, yet elegant, places to perch with a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres.
Take a look at this lovely bar set and beverage cart for holiday entertaining inspiration. This is the perfect way to encourage guests to enjoy intimate conversation. This set is from the Tres Chic collection by Tommy Bahama. Each piece is crafted from hand-rubbed teak wood with brushed stainless steel legs. With clean lines and a style reminiscent of Pan Asian, this Tres Chic bar set looks perfectly at home on your San Diego deck.
Don’t Forget the Accessories
For the ultimate comfort of your guests, consider adding a few accessories that truly finish off your outdoor space with style. All of the Tommy Bahama collections featured here include pieces such as fire pits, ottomans and occasional tables to add to your backyard’s comfort and functionality. Incorporate potted plants, plenty of subtle lighting, artwork and sculpture to create a thoughtfully arranged space perfect for holiday entertaining.
No matter your personal preference for style, material and upholstery, there is a Tommy Bahama collection to create a luxury living space where you can enjoy holiday entertaining.