'Tis the season for entertaining outside. Thinking of having a dinner party in the great outdoors? Let these nine events inspire you to create an experience that you and your friends won't soon forget.
Above: This gorgeous outdoor party, staged by IKEA and spotted on Poppytalk, features a 'tent' made from draping streamers over the trunk of a tree.
The low table at this bohemian backyard birthday party, spotted on Inspired by This, may be a rental, but you could create something similar with pieces of plywood laid out on cinderblocks (or even some of those trusty Home Depot buckets).
Lanterns hanging from the trees take this backyard bash from Elle Decoration to the next level.
The folks at Style Me Pretty stacked pallets to create a table for an outdoor celebration.
Here's another low table, this one from a celebration spotted on Found Vintage Rentals, surrounded by Moroccan poufs. Party rental companies are a great option if you want to have a bash with a big impact without buying a bunch of new stuff.
At this dinner party hosted by Kinfolk, lights hung down the middle of the table kept the party going long after dark, and blankets, draped over each chair, kept the guests warm.
At this dinner party from Makenna Alyse, rugs and pillows are laid out on the lawn for the guests' comfort. Sunflowers make such a lovely centerpiece for a summer party.
Bigger isn't always better — this smaller setup from Scandinavian Hygge is equally lovely.
And finally there's this simple dinner party from A Daily Something. Sometimes, just placing a table and chairs outside and hanging a few lights above is all you need for a little magic.