Light a Heater for Breezy Outdoor Entertaining

For our first outdoor entertaining of the season, it was a beautiful day, but a chill was in the air.

We didn’t let it stop us, though. We moved the outdoor heater into the dining space and turned it on “high.” It was so warm and toasty.

I don’t stress over my table in the outdoors, do you? I really keep it as simple as possible, partly because I do not want to have to bring tons of dishes back into the house at 10 pm.

Throw on a tablecloth.

Add the plate, the napkin, and put the goblet on top to prevent it from blowing away.

Once we are dining together, the warmth of the conversation makes us forget all about the chill in the air. (Although sometimes we have jackets on!)

On this night we found ourselves sitting around the heater, as if it were a fire. It was fun and probably almost midnight when we came in … just the 4 of us.

Are you gearing up for outdoor entertaining? Do you prefer a real fire or do you have an outdoor heater?

(We found our heater at a yard sale about 5 years ago – a real bargain.)

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  4. Hi Sandy, you have a beautiful and relaxing looking garden. We bought a chiminea several weeks ago and what a difference it’s made to the chillier evenings we have, much cosier and enjoyable.

  5. Love the yard! The colors! I have a heater and a firepit. I know how to turn on the firepit, but I don’t know how to use the heater and the instructions are faded. :(

  6. This is a good idea. I also like having lights I can hang outdoors. It gives it a dreamy fun look :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of CAlifornia, Heather :) :) :)

  7. Hi Sandy,

    What a cozy post. Your evening outside sounds delightful! :-)

    By this time of year, it’s quite mild here in central Texas…even at night, so outdoor entertaining is a delight….or should I say a “breeze”! :-)

    But in our cooler months – say November thru March – fire pits are very popular here – along with outdoor fireplaces as well. But I have seen a few places with the heat lamp you have. I just love them. I have a nice memory of my family snuggling together under one when we went to a Luminaria concert at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center last December. It was so much fun…and cozy…huddling under that lamp! :-)

    Hope you’re having a great week.

    Love,
    Mary

  8. We need one of those for the chilly Canadian nights. Will have to check out the yard sales to find me one.

  9. Yes! we are gearing up for outdoor eating too Sandy. Our table is up and my husband took our outdoor heater and put it through the center of the table. It keeps everyone cozy warm.
    I think this is the weekend we start using ours.

    How fun would it be to share hospitality together? Amazing!

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