How to Throw a Summer Dinner Party

Bored of the typical dinner party fare? Host a taco party for 10—with a twist!

Photo by David Meredith

A sit-down supper for six or eight should take advantage of the whole yard, say Emily Read Bentley and Megan Douglas Shuler, who run Events Enjoy Co. and Shotgun Floral Studio, near San Francisco. The duo, known for their breezy outdoor weddings, suggests starting the evening at an appetizers-and-drinks station as far as possible from the dinner table—preferably with a little activity, like doctor-your-own margaritas. “Then, as everyone strolls over together for the main course,” says Shuler, “the table is a real surprise.”