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BEST DAYS

Under the Sun
Enjoy the outdoors like never before with expert
tips on planning the ultimate summer event.

BY SAMANTHA HOBACK
PHOTOS BY DAVID HUNGATE

T

he summer months are full of reasons
to celebrate: Independence Day, Parents'

Day, National Watermelon Day. Not that we
need an excuse to invite friends over and enjoy a cocktail or two. It can be overwhelming
to plan a gathering of any size, whether it's a
small dinner party or a neighborhood barbecue. Fortunately, the valley is overflowing with
outstanding resources to help inspire your
next event. From table centerpieces and recipes to outdoor decor and tips for styling a bar
cart, we've got you covered.

SETTING THE SCENE
Any outdoor space, whether it is mostly grass or mostly
concrete, shaded by trees or exposed to full sun, can easily be transformed into a festive yet comfortable outdoor
entertaining area with the right key pieces. Basic outdoor
furniture gets a facelift with colorful pillows and throw
blankets. Warm up the basic bare patio with an outdoor
rug and candles of various heights. Glass hurricanes are
great vessels to use outdoors for pillar candles, flowers
and fruits. And adding natural elements, such as an
oversized glass wine jug with fresh greenery, helps to
balance and fuse the indoor-outdoor elements.
Using a bar cart allows you and your guests to enjoy
your outdoor party to its fullest extent. Instead of walking in and out of the house to refill drinks, style a bar
cart or other tabletop with bottles of your favorite liquors, decanters of wine, bottles of sparkling water,
glassware and any mix-ins you like. Accent the bar essentials with a vase of flowers, a terrarium filled with
citrus fruits, and even a stack of coffee table books for
a suprisingly sophisticated twist.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Roanoker - July/August 2015

Top Docs 2015 - ENHANCED FOR DIGITAL
Uber - New Way to Ride - ENHANCED FOR DIGITAL
Best Days Under the Sun: Outdoor Entertaining Guide
Outdoor Space: The Smith Home
Wait, Beer Terroir?
Who’s Getting the Weather Right?
Let’s Go to the Lake!
Let’s Go to NoVa!
The Perfect Picnic - ENHANCED FOR DIGITAL
Beamer’s 25 - ENHANCED FOR DIGITAL
From The Editor / Worth a Click
The Calendar
The Gist
The Flavor
The Dish: Dining Guide
Where Are They Now?
2015 Education Guide
Vinton!
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - Intro
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - Cover1
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - Cover2
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - 3
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The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - From The Editor / Worth a Click
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - 11
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - The Calendar
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The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - 17
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - The Gist
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The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - 20
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - The Flavor
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - Top Docs 2015 - ENHANCED FOR DIGITAL
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - 23
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - 24
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The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - Uber - New Way to Ride - ENHANCED FOR DIGITAL
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - 43
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - 44
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - 45
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - Best Days Under the Sun: Outdoor Entertaining Guide
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The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - Outdoor Space: The Smith Home
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - 56
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The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - 61
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - Wait, Beer Terroir?
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - 63
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - 64
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - 65
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - 2015 Education Guide
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - 67
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - 68
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - 69
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - 70
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - 71
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - Who’s Getting the Weather Right?
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - 73
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The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - Vinton!
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - V2
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - V3
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The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - V30
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - V31
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - V32
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - Let’s Go to the Lake!
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The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - 78
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - 79
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - 80
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - Let’s Go to NoVa!
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - 82
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - 83
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - 84
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - 85
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - The Perfect Picnic - ENHANCED FOR DIGITAL
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - 87
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - 88
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - 89
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - Beamer’s 25 - ENHANCED FOR DIGITAL
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The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - 96
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - The Dish: Dining Guide
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - Where Are They Now?
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - Cover3
The Roanoker - July/August 2015 - Cover4
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