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The Great Outdoors: 3 Tips for Alfresco Entertaining

With only 4 official weeks of summer left, it’s crunch time.  

Don’t fret! There’s plenty of warm weather left, deck drinks to be had, and insta-worthy sunsets to enjoy. And PORT45, the new luxury condo complex at 45 West Third Street, has many outdoor spaces so enjoying the great outdoors can be an everyday thing. PORT45 boasts two raised courtyards, a common terrace featuring beautiful landscaping and outdoor furniture, private patios, private decks, and private roofdecks on the top of the building – all of which serve as the perfect backdrop for midsummer soirees and outdoor parties.

So whether you’re enjoying the last few days of summer on your private roofdeck, heading down to the beach, or just chillin’ on the stoop, follow these easy tips for the best summer get-together ever.

Mix & Match
Leave the fine china inside and set the table with bold napkins, patterned plates, and simple centerpieces like lemons or limes in a mason jar. Paper goods are A-OK here and feel free to play around with colors and designs.

Keep it Simple
Keep the fete stress-free with a pared down menu of easy-to-serve favorites. Think: Fresh fruit, salads, ready-to-grill entrees, beer and wine. Don’t be afraid to enlist your crew to help, either. Assign people specifics to avoid a “I-have-4-pasta-salads” scenario.

Light it Right
Don’t keep your guests in the dark. Chances are, if your guests are having a good time, they’ll keep the party going far past dusk. Hang string lights on the deck, over a fence, or in a tree for an easy way to brighten things up. Or, tie up lanterns from above and scatter tea lights for a chic and stylish look.

Feeling inspired? Secure your very own outdoor party space (and some of the coolest digs in town) by checking out PORT45. And don’t forget to include us on the guest list for your next outdoor mixer.

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Mairead Mcgonagle

Pronounced like “parade with an M,” Mairead loves all things nautical, Vineyard-y, and Irish (in case the name didn’t give it away). She can often be found bopping around L Street with her Southie framily, testing out the local nacho scene, and running marathons strictly for the post-race beverages.