Tips For Throwing An Alfresco Dinner Party

by Lexy Ward
Tips For Throwing An Alfresco Dinner Party
photo: Lexy Ward

Growing up, it seemed as if my parents were always entertaining. A couple of times a month, they and their friends would gather around the table outside in our backyard for quality food and quality conversation. My sisters and I would always help with the prep, but then we never got to join in the fun. Those adults and their rules! Now that I'm older, I've tried to follow in my mom's footsteps when it comes to the Alfresco dining situation. Here are a few of my fave simple tips on how to pull off your own Alfresco dinner party!       

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Unnecessarily Necessarily Tuscan Kitchen Makeover

by DIY Maven
Photo: Becki Owens

This makeover might be a head-scratcher for some. I mean, there wasn't anything necessarily wrong with the kitchen "before." And, as a matter of fact, I'm sure it was some peoples' idea of a dream kitchen. It wasn't, however, its owners' idea of a dream kitchen. With the help of designer Becki Owens, they ditched the Tuscan vibe completely. Professionally sprayed

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Before and After: From Table to Banquette

by DIY Maven
Photo: MidnightXII via imgur

I have a love/hate relationship with banquettes (aka kitchen booth things). I love them because because of their ability to tuck into small spaces yet provide a lot of seating. I hate them because they're built in and can't be moved, unlike furniture. And then there's that "what happens when the dude in the center needs to get out?" thing. "Excuse me.

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