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Camp Out

Get camping out style without feeling like you're camping out. This d├ęcor uses wooden block tables, natural colors and fibers, and bamboo shade to get that summer outdoor feel, without exposing your guests to the sun.

Photo courtesy of Cort Events

Raising the Bar

Keeping with the indoors out theme, this beautiful outdoor bar is lit with candles and string lights as the day moves into night. Mirrors and votives add dimension to the accenting hedges in the center of the bar.

Photo courtesy of Sternberg Clark

Bringing the Outdoors to Life

What can get more outdoorsy than a topiary? How about a living topiary? These strolling entertainers first appear to be static human shapes until they move and pose for you. These performers are sure to provide entertainment that will grow on your guests.

Photo courtesy of Vicky Wasik

If You Like Pina Coladas

You'll love this ultra tropical pina colada. Not artificially flavored, this pina colada is both fresh and frozen.

5 ounces (140g) very ripe peeled and cored fresh pineapple, frozen pineapple, or drained canned pineapple chunks (see note)
1 3/4 ounces (50ml) unsweetened coconut cream, shaken or stirred well to incorporate fat
1 ounce (30ml) simple syrup (see note)
3/4 to 1 ounce (20-30ml) fresh juice from 1 lime
2 1/2 ounces (75ml) white or gold rum, kept in freezer until freezer-cold
4 ounces (115g) ice cubes
Pineapple slice and/or maraschino cherry, for garnish
Paper umbrella and straw, for serving (optional)

In an airtight plastic container, combine pineapple, coconut cream, simple syrup, and 3/4 ounce lime juice, and transfer to freezer until frozen, at least one hour (the sugar in the mixture may prevent it from freezing solid; this is okay).

In a blender, combine frozen pineapple mixture with ice-cold rum and ice and blend until thick and slushy. Taste, then blend in the remaining 1/4 ounce lime juice, if desired. Pour into a large glass, garnish with pineapple and/or a cherry, and serve, with or without a paper umbrella and straw.

If you want to make multiple drinks, you can pre-batch up to a double recipe (a blender may not hold much more than that easily) in a single container, then divide after blending; for more than two drinks, use separate containers to hold more servings.