“I once thought patio heaters were a waste of energy, but who doesn't want to extend their hours outside during the summer?” says Tanya McLean. And with such a wide array of designs and colours available, you'll be sure to find one that fits right in with your decor.
“My must-haves are chic tabletop elements,” says Janette Ewen, interior stylist and celebrity speaker at this fall's Vancouver Home + Design Show. Think beyond dishware to placemats, napkins, and napkin rings, which can add a finishing touch to outdoor settings.
“I like real dishes and linens – none of this plastic or disposable stuff!” says local designer Sarah Gallop. “Serving with nice tableware really enhances the overall experience and makes it a dinner party, as opposed to a paper plate BBQ.”
Design and landscape experts weigh in on what you need to host a seriously fun summer soiree
“A big bucket with some ice to hold wine and beer – and juice boxes or water, so the kids can grab their own,” says Kari Renaud, certified landscape designer at lilydesign. “That way, everyone can help themselves.”