When you're entertaining outdoors, it's always handy to have an extra area to put your extra dishes, condiments, drinks, etc... The July 2008 Living Etc. had this good suggestion- use a "baker's rack" or metal shelving to hold the goods. It also simplifies the need to be running back and forth from the kitchen to the outside, allowing you to spend more time with your guests...
If your rack has widely spaced slatted bars as shelves, you could get some plexi glass cut to size. It will keep the open feel, but also prevent things from falling through. Does anyone have anything like this in their yard?
(via Living Etc.)
[ image by Penny Wincer for Living Etc.]