Often when entertaining outdoors, a major concern is weather. But if you have a carport or garage, consider using it as your backup or even Plan A. With a few details, just look at how great it can all come together:
This example from Southern Living shows a dinner party thrown in a carport. We love the idea of hanging curtains at the carport entry or at garage doors. This gives the utilitarian space a swanky vibe and they can even be closed in case of high winds or driving rain. Otherwise, pull them back and let them frame the feast!