How to create the perfect outdoor living room? Sometimes we have difficult questions to ask and who’s better than the masters in the business to tell us right? In an excellent partnership with Architectural Digest Magazine, Nate Berkus unveils 6 outdoor entertaining tips in order to achieve the best outdoor living room for summer parties. And these tips might be what you’re looking for if you’re thinking about upgrading your outdoor living room.
AD invited Berkus for his guest-first entertaining policies. The designer unveils his best outdoor entertaining tips and his unconventional route to an Instagrammable party. YEY!
Move Out—In Style
“We’ve been waiting so long to be outside. By this point in the year, everyone’s just dying to get outdoors. So that’s where your party should be! Of course, your style should be able to move outdoors seamlessly, so why not move your inside furniture and accessories outside? It creates a real environment that guests will love. Pull a rug from inside the house and lay it on the grass—create a picnic scene with pillows, throws, all the stuff that you already own. The outdoor environment you create for a party should be in line with how you live inside.”
Be a Gracious Host
“Being a gracious host just means a few things. First, never call out any behavior from any of your guests. No matter what they do. Because if they’re in your home, and you’ve invited them into your home, whatever happens, is meant to happen. And that’s it. You can never invite them again if that’s your choice. But in the moment? Lips sealed. The second thing is to make sure that no one’s hungry, no one’s thirsty, that everyone has a little bit of sun care and a dry towel. After that, you’re home free.”
Find the Right Pieces
“Your touchstone for creating your own outdoor entertaining style should be something that really speaks to you—maybe that’s a years-old hammock swinging in the sun. Embrace it! And create a scene around it. For me, it’s all about neutrals and textures—I’m actively afraid of anything neon. For this party we took indoor pieces and used them in new ways—several different runners are laid on the table, but they’re perpendicular, which is a fun twist. The baskets and bowls have been potted with succulents, and I think these lanterns look really perfect outside, especially with that muddy color. And of course, anything woven, like these baskets, is going to look great outside. The way it all comes together—and this is going to sound pretentious, so you have to make sure you let AD readers know I think it sounds this way before I say it—it’s a symphony of texture. And I love it.”
Don’t Try Too Hard
“When it comes to drinks, I literally only drink tequila—and only clear tequila, because I have convinced myself that there are no calories in it, which is not factually accurate. When it comes to food, the number one problem I see people dealing with is that they try too hard. The bottom line is this: Everybody loves a hot dog, everybody loves a hamburger, everyone loves a taco, and everybody loves corn on the cob, period. For dessert, throw a bunch of ice cream sandwiches in a beautiful ceramic bowl and let people grab them. At the end of the day, a great party means we all revert to how we were when we were six years old, out having fun in the sun. And that really is, for me, the essence of throwing a successful party.”
“I am arguably the worst person in America to talk about how to throw a picture-perfect, Instagrammable party. All I know is what I want to see on Instagram: I want to see kids. Preferably laughing. I want to see people having the time of their lives and really letting down their guard. Then again, I don’t have anything in my house that’s not beautiful—because I’m a designer, and because I care very deeply about details like the lip of a coffee cup. On Instagram, I want to see that perfect coffee cup leaning over in the grass because someone was having such a good time at a party they just left it there and went to get another ice cream sandwich.”
Prep Your Guest Essentials
“I love to be outside, but preferably in a very controlled environment—I like for things to be a little manicured. I mean, I’ll light seven candles to keep the mosquitos away, but if you want bug spray, I’ve got that, too. Keep a basket nearby—like this seagrass tote basket from my collection—with everything your guests might need. The bug spray, the sunscreen, and throw in some aspirin, too. While you’re at it, why not have a pile of gray sweatshirts on hand so that people can throw them on if they get chilly? Or a basket of flip-flops so they can get really comfortable? We took it a step further and brought back a bunch of hats from Mexico for guests to borrow or even steal. They may or may not have been ten pesos. But to see a guest taken care of and truly enjoying them? That’s worth far, far more.”
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