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Outdoor Entertaining Part 2 of 6:

Spring is quickly turning to summer and what better time to plan an outdoor garden party. Show off your spring blooms, break in those new outdoor furnishings, and wow your guests with the perfect summer menu from your outdoor kitchen.
Garden Party!

Spring is quickly turning to summer and what better time to plan an outdoor garden party.  Show off your spring blooms, break in those new outdoor furnishings, and wow your guests with the perfect summer menu from your outdoor kitchen. All it takes is a little planning and imagination.

If you are a traditionalist organize a quintessential English Tea Party with cucumber sandwiches, Pimms on the lawn, and make pretty floral dresses and hats a must on the invite. For a more modern idea create a mock New York rooftop garden soirée with sassy cocktails and sophisticated finger foods. A great way to plan your theme is to base it on the style of your garden itself. If your backyard has a Zen vibe, plan your décor and menu around a Japanese theme. You could even surprise the man of the house with a golf themed Father’s Day celebration. With the beauty of San Diego as your backdrop the possibilities are endless.

The first step in getting your party planning started is making sure all the elements of your outdoor areas are ready for guests. This means meeting with your landscaper to get your lawn and plants in tip top shape, making sure your outdoor kitchen is stocked and ready for some serious cooking, and maybe even finally putting in the sun room or palapa you have been dreaming about. PREMIER is here to help. With the second installment of our Outdoor Entertaining series we will take you through the newest designer, products, and services.

Grilling in the Garden

Prepare a garden party feast with one of the finest grills on the market. Alfresco’s open-air culinary system, including its groundbreaking LX2 built-in grills transforms your backyard into the ultimate fully self-contained outdoor kitchen. Designed with real commercial features, the LX2 grills are available in 30-, 42- and 56-inch models and incorporate commercial-grade stainless steel construction with beautiful hand polished accents. All LX2 grills use 27,500 BTU stainless steel main burners, which deliver intense heat to the pyramid-shaped ceramic briquettes. These features ensure even heating and perfect carmelization to instantly seal in the juices insuring tender, moist, delicious food. Also included is an integrated smoker with a dedicated 7,000 BTU burner to accommodate wood chunks for cold smoking. “Our team of designers and builders have decades of experience producing equipment for many of the finest hotels and restaurants,” says Dale Seiden, vice president of Alfresco “We have used that experience to create an integrated system, a true outdoor kitchen, that any professional chef would feel right at home in.”

Outdoor Furnishings

Set the stage for a magnificent garden party with fine furnishings.  We love the Campaign Grande and Meridian collections by Brown Jordan, known for stylish and award winning designs. Following on the success of Campaign’s 2007 introduction, Campaign Grande re-imagines the collection on an even grander scale. Deep seating pieces include a sofa, loveseat, and lounge chair, with coordinating large-scale coffee and side tables, perfect for your guests to lounge comfortably, sip cocktails, and sample hors d’oeuvres.

Sleek and powerful, the Meridian collections elliptical legs and arms arc forward, creating a commanding profile.  Fashioned after a boat’s sail, the back and seat first billow then are tautly upholstered to the frame’s edge and the rear legs echo a ships keel,  with striking cross supports counteracting the chair’s forward motion. With such exceptional design your furniture itself could be the talk of the party.

Party Gifts

Your guests will remember your garden soirée long after it’s over when they leave with a fabulous party favor. Commemorate the occasion with an etched wine bottle, cocktail glass or a custom etched stone. Every time they see it they will think of you and the wonderful time they

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