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Inside Outside or Outside Inside: Summer Entertaining that Works Either Way
May 23 2005

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, 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.

SOURCE Bed Bath & Beyond

Bari Fagin of Bed Bath & Beyond,
+1-631-420-7050, x5371,