UNION, N.J., May 23, 2005 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- At some point, rain has ruined plans for a big backyard get-together. Or maybe you had your dining room set for an elegant party, but the summer weather was just too beautiful to keep your guests inside. Not a problem.
The trick to successful entertaining is flexibility, say the experts at Bed Bath & Beyond. The best way is with multifunctional accessories that can work indoors or outdoors if you or the weather dictate.
Here are some fresh ideas that work both inside and outside: * Think "out of the bowl" when it comes to serving. -- Use fabric lined wicker baskets and canvas bins as a unique way of presenting dry foods like breads, sandwiches and cookies. -- Fresh fruit for dessert? Hang a mesh multi-level basket from a tree in the garden or coat rack in the den so guests can "pick" their own fruit. -- Clear acrylic tubs filled with ice cubes make for a great wine or soda presentation and can be used year round. Tint the ice cubes with food coloring for fun. * Know your color and style comfort zones. -- Don't be afraid to go with the color palette you favor inside your home outside. -- Black, white and neutral shades can make dramatic statements against your garden's greenery. And, bright colorful summer patterns can add freshness to your dining room. * Formal Inside or Informal Outside? -- Don't be limited by where the party is when you think about its presentation - today's acrylic pieces look as clear as glass and placemats made of bamboo or woven plastics look as elegant on the patio as they do on a dining room table. -- Use beautiful table linens on your patio tables to lend an air of elegance to your dinner party. -- A three-tiered buffet ensemble used outdoors adds a formal air. Indoors or out, there are some important things you don't want to forget: * Set aside a beverage and dessert area. Remember to keep an extra surge protector extension cord on hand to plug in your coffee urn, smoothie maker and blender. * Will guests be looking for the powder room? Continue your indoor/outdoor theme using fresh soaps, lotions and hand towels in seasonal colors and patterns. * And, be prepared for some stay-over company with an extra bed and spa accessories. No home should be without an EZ-bed and a basket filled with fresh towels, soaps and terry-cloth slippers for your guests.
When you shop at Bed Bath & Beyond or online at http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com, their wide entertaining assortment can make your summer table inviting no matter where you set it. Remember, whether you bring the outside inside or the inside outside, a great party isn't about location. It's about the special time you and your guests share together.
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Bari Fagin of Bed Bath & Beyond,