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School may be starting soon, but the outdoor benefits of the summer season continue – which means, outdoor entertaining is still top of mind! Outdoor gatherings offer a fresh option for hosting, and with the right tools, you can create an atmosphere that will keep your party going well into the night.

Keep reading for some of our best outdoor entertaining tips for getting the scene just right. Need a starting point for your new fixtures? Check out our newest outdoor lighting and ceiling fan collections!

1. Add instant ambiance
String lights or light lanterns may be small additions but they add just the right amount of twinkle at twilight. Candles can also enhance the scene by adding lighting and acting as a bug repellent.
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2. Lead the way
Encourage your guests to explore new parts of your yard with multiple tables or stations with different treats. Segment your beverage cart vs. dessert table to encourage guests to mingle. Use path lights to guide your guests and beautify your landscape.

3. Get comfy
Outdoor seating with thick, comfortable cushions is must. You don’t want your guests getting caught with two plates and a drink in hand, and nowhere to lighten their load. If you and your guests have a comfy spot to catch up, you will be tempted to linger long after the sunset.

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4. Bring the indoors, out
Outdoor parties do not have to break the bank! Bring indoor furniture and décor out to your deck, patio, or yard to create a cozy outdoor room.

5. Create some shade
Umbrellas and coverings are great for defining the outdoor room and creating a cool, comfortable environment for guests.

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6. Enjoy the breeze
UL-listed ceiling fans for Damp or Wet Locations can be used in outdoor spaces, offer comfort and are energy efficient.

7. Keep it simple
Don’t think you have to create a five-course meal. Outdoor parties are typically casual – throw some meat on the grill and whip up some quick side items, and you’re all set!

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Light up with lanterns
Don’t forget your exterior decorative fixtures! Decorative lanterns such as our Haddon collection bring instant style to exterior areas.

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Browse our latest outdoor collections today!

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