A friendly reminder: spring has officially sprung. Call us impatient, but those of us in the wake of frozen hurricanes are ready to dust off our flower boxes while the riding ring thaws, and observe in envy as our southern counterparts hang lush, green ferns from the shed row aisles. Consequently, we are in an embrace-nature-without-insulated-overalls frame of mind, and that includes dining alfresco.
So as we round the bend into a season of warm(er) weather activities, we thought we’d provide a head start on outdoor entertaining with tips from those who have a reputation for doing it well. It might come as no surprise that they all have a connection to the South, but we couldn’t resist the opportunity to serve a smidgen of the wit and wisdom that comes from good old-fashioned hospitality in those parts. If you are chomping at the bit to gather around the fire pit, lunch on the lakeshore, picnic at the beach, or tailgate on the rail, these easy ideas are proven hits.