I like the idea of using a larrge round board to hold the appetizers. I actually have a large turn table that could probably be used like this. Then you can put everything on it and just turn the board to what you want! Appetizer Board
Cool evenings around a fire? All of your friends will say count us in--dress up the area with a wide array of plants in window boxes that help define the space, in addition to low laying landscape beds with lots of perennial color.
"Pot-Scaping" ...3 ingredient planter - purple fountain grass, bacopa, and geraniums. Other beautiful pairings of flowers for making some beautiful containers for bold bright colors in your yard / garden.