Looking for ways to upgrade your next summer celebration? Check out these 7 outdoor entertaining tips to help you accommodate and impress your family and friends.
Prep the Patio
Start the season off right by mowing the lawn and tending to trees and gardens that may have been neglected during the colder months. Then, take time to give your deck, patio furniture, and grill a good scrub down! A tidy space will ensure your patio is picture perfect for your guests.
Fake More Space
Host a large crowd comfortably by faking more space! Add a mirror to amplify light, select furniture with hidden storage features to hide clutter, and illuminate every corner of your yard with outdoor lighting fixtures like lanterns and torches. The illusion of more space will make your guests feel more at ease and free to mingle.
Sit in Style
Whether you’re inviting a few friends over or the entire family, it’s important to make sure there are enough seats to go around. Spread out a variety of seating options like stools, blankets, and benches throughout the yard for a fun vibe. This mix and match approach will ensure you have plenty of seats and help the party flow more naturally.
Gather Around the Fire
Add endless entertainment to your yard with a fire pit! Fire pits add charm, light, and ambiance to a space which creates a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere for your guests. Friends and family will love relaxing around the fire to share stories and spend time together.
Feed a Crowd
The easiest way to feed a crowd is with a self-serve buffet-style. Transform a countertop, dining table, or server into a buffet station and display a variety of finger foods, snacks, and bite-size sweets. Guests will appreciate being able to casually snack throughout the party and you’ll appreciate having more time to spend with your guests instead of manning the kitchen!
Cool It Down
Keep your guests cool with a beverage station. Utilize a bar cart or set up your station on top of any sturdy, level surface. Include a variety of drink options in addition to glasses, an ice bucket, scoop, bottle opener, drink stirrers and garnish tools to ensure your party is a success.
Pump the Jams
It’s not a party without music! Build the perfect summer playlist by mixing this year’s biggest hits with throwback summer anthems from past. Make sure that all your guests can jam out by amplifying your tunes with an outdoor sound system or powerful speaker.