14 Tips for Backyard Getaways
Bring the inside out
Eating outdoors doesn't have to mean balancing plates on your lap or perching at a picnic table. Move a table to a scenic spot to create an elegant dining space that feels like an extension of your home.
Create temporary shade for parties with a weatherproof fabric canopy and wood drapery rods (tent poles work, too). For a permanent solution, cover a deck or patio with a pergola, umbrella or awning.
Landscaping also provides shelter, but before you put the table under a tree, make sure it doesn't drop messy seeds or fruits.