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Oysters with Ginger Soy Butter

For oysters, white wine, a sparkling wine, or champagne would be in order. A crisp white burgundy would also be a good selection. If you are looking to spend a little more money, look for a Beaujolais with a little wood flavor and plenty of acidity.

New York Strip with Beef Butter Sauce

This hearty meat dish would pair wonderfully with a Merlot or Merlot-blended wine from North America or even the right bank of Bourdeaux.

Roasted Strawberries with Chantilly Cream

The first choice here would be a bottle of sparkling wine (such as a Rosé Champagne) with a long vintage if you like to pair sweet desserts with sweet wines.

Charleston, South Carolina, is known for its iconic side piazzas. Take a modern approach to the traditional element of this side porch…inside or out.If your climate allows for it, host your dinner outside. If not, bring the outdoors in with plants, flowers and wicker furniture.

If you can stay alfresco, bring some indoor pieces out – use bars or buffets you already have to hold supplies and showcase food.

Blend the space between your garden and your dining area – use plants such as ferns, palms and orchids.

Wood and glass are two materials that wear well outside, so focus on these for serving pieces or décor.

Check out our Low Country Eclectic Board on Pinterest for examples of these suggestions.