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Friday, June 22, 2018

5 Fun Ways To Enjoy Your Outdoor Dining Space

I prefer eating outdoors in the summer. To make meals even more festive, consider these tips. And remember, keep it simple!

1.  String a set of outdoor bistro lights for a celebratory flair. I love these bulbs, and have them hanging in my sun porch.

2.  Arrange a floral bouquet from your seasonal garden as an impromptu centerpiece.

3. Consider a long outdoor bench that can seat lots of people. Plus, that type of seating is flexible for kids and pets.

4.  Use lots of color. Mismatched acrylic glasses and plates are fun. The more vibrant, the better.

5.  Choose your outdoor furniture to handle all kinds of weather.

Do you love dining outdoors in the summertime? Please share your comments below.

If you love exotic tropical islands featuring exquisite international cuisine, then my summer beach read, Maeve, is for you. You will love this sweet romance, set on the beautiful French island of Corsica, France.

He’s all business. She loves to laugh. When business conflicts with pleasure, what could possibly go wrong?

Maeve Doherty needed a hard-earned break from Ireland’s rainy weather, as well as caring for her younger brother. When the offer from Perfect Match to enjoy a week on an island of her choice arrived, she hesitated.
But not for long.

She’d always wanted to visit Corsica. Besides, who passed up free?
All right, so she'd spend the week with a match. On her dating profile, she’d added that she was a workaholic. Hopefully, so was he.

Edward Newell had one thing on his mind when he reached Corsica, and it didn't involve meeting a perfect match. Dating? Love? Romance? Not for him.
He was determined to find the picture-perfect location for his thriving hotel chain.

When unexpected attraction burns for the beautiful Maeve, and business conflicts with pleasure, what could possibly go wrong?

Pick up your copy of Maeve today! Also available in paperback and audiobook.

Josie Riviera is a USA TODAY bestselling author of contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable shih tzu, who constantly needs grooming, and live in an old house forever needing renovations.

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  1. I do enjoy eating outside, just haven't done it since moving and not around family anymore.

    1. Eating outside is a real treat, Becky. Everything seems to taste better.

  2. I love it unless you have to fight bugs, especially wasps or bees!! We have a couple of portable shelters with screens for the sides��

    1. Glenda, I completely understand. There are many times when I prefer to eat in my screened-in back porch. :)

  3. We have a beautiful deck. First it was too cold, then too hot, then we had carpenter bees which freaked out the granddaughters, now it has poured rain -deluge- for over a week. So item #1on the list to enjoy outdoor dining is good weather without bugs.

    1. Very true. We also had a problem with carpenter bees at our house this year, too.

  4. I love the outdoors, and often my husband and I will grab a drink or bite on our covered, but unscreened patio where we watch the birds and wildlife. In fact, I love the flora so much that during the cold months, we always have a bouquet of flowers on our dinner table to brighten the room and remind us warm weather will arrive in the future. Great post. I enjoyed it.

    1. Thanks, Judy. And I try to place a vase of fresh flowers on my kitchen table every day.


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