Pretty outdoor chairs can transform an old table. These are stackable, so they won’t clutter up the garage.To buy: $119, bludot.com.
If you want to send guests home with a memento, set air plants on a platter as a takeaway. Anyone can keep them alive.To buy: From $1.50, oddplants.com.
Using an outdoor rug under the dining table gives the zone an extra-intimate feel.To buy: From $28, luluandgeorgia.com.
A top-notch portable speaker, like a Jambox, is a great investment. Have an upbeat playlist at the ready for the beginning of the party and something low-key set for dinner.To buy: $150, jawbone.com.
Make guests comfortable enough to linger at the table. Round cushions don’t have to fit perfectly to look good.To buy: $42 each, 347-625-3015.
Hide a couple of unscented dryer sheets under your table runner. They can help keep bees away from the food.