The art of entertaining on your "veranda"
Preparing your paradise to receive guests isn't difficult. A few bistro-style chairs and a table would be great, but mix-and-match seating from the flea market works fine, too. Add a topiary centerpiece, toss in a few cushions, drape some fabric here and there -- and you're all set. Alternatively, forget the furniture and go vertical: keep the guests moving about with drinks and hors d'oeuvres.
If you're aiming for elegance, send out written invitations with a sprig of whatever's growing tucked into the envelope. For a more casual affair, just dash off a group e-mail.
Well, what are you waiting for? Host a horticultural happy hour for envious co-workers. Wow the folks with dinner surrounded by chives, cilantro and city lights. Hey, the fact that you got those obstinate stems to stay upright is reason enough to celebrate!