At west elm, our collection of outdoor dining furniture helps you select furnishings you need for the event. Once you’ve decided on tables and chairs, choose items to keep food cold. A large cooler looks out of place on a small European-size table but fits nicely under a standard picnic table without detracting from the decor. Alternatively, cover the picnic table with a cloth cover and decorate it with a floral centerpiece to draw attention away from the cooler. Filling decorative bowls with ice and placing serving plates on ice to stay chilled is another option.
With outdoor lounge furniture as a setting for the party, it's easy to store cold foods in a sleek and stylish manner. For dips and mayonnaise-based salads, place small buckets of ice beside the lounge seating areas. Put the cold foods in small bowls and rest the bowls on the ice in the bucket. When it is time to serve the food, put the bowls, along with small plates of chips, pretzels and other dipping foods, onto a nice serving tray. Use a decorative tray to serve guests mixed drinks in drink-appropriate serving ware, such as Moscow mule mugs.