School may be back in session, 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.
Here are some of our best outdoor entertaining tips for getting the scene just right:
- Add instant ambiance
Small additions such as string lights or light lanterns can add just the right amount of twinkle at twilight. Candles can also enhance the environment and keep the bugs away.
- Lead the way
Encourage 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.
- Get comfy
Seating with thick, comfortable cushions is a must for outdoor entertaining. There’s nothing worse than getting caught with two plates and a drink in hand, and no where to lighten the load. Plus, guests will be tempted to linger long after sundown if they find a comfy spot to catch up with friends.
- Bring the indoors, out
The best part about outdoor parties is you don’t have to go out and buy more furniture and accessories to set the scene. Bring indoor furniture out to your deck or yard to create a cozy outdoor room.
- Create some shade
Umbrellas and coverings are great for defining the outdoor room and creating a cool, comfortable environment for guests.
- Enjoy the breeze
UL-listed ceiling fans for Damp or Wet Locations can be used in outdoor spaces, offer comfort and are energy efficient.
- Keep it simple
When it comes to planning your menu, keep it simple. Outdoor parties are more casual – don’t think you have to create a five-course meal. Throw some meat on the grill and whip up some quick side items, and you’re all set!
- Light up with lanterns
Don’t forget your exterior decorative fixtures! Decorative lanterns bring instant style to exterior areas.