The fresh air is beginning to beckon us outside, and friends and family are gathering once again. There’s something special about the smell of the grill, a little music, and laughing with friends long into the summer evenings. Make it a special season with these tips for outdoor entertaining at home.
Get the Yard Ready to Party
Don’t wait until a few hours before everyone shows up to decide to mow the lawn and trim shrubs. Take care of the yard now so that it’s easy and stress-free to have friends over for a spontaneous barbeque and cold drinks.
Provide Comfortable Seating
It’s embarrassing to send everyone outside only to find there’s not enough seating. A variety of cushioned seats along with easy-to-store fold-up chairs are perfect for outdoor gatherings. Make seating welcoming and casual so that guests can put their feet up and enjoy the evening. Designate a seating area so that friends and family can comfortably mingle. Patios work well, and a deck is an even better option since it serves as an extension of your home, offering more space than a patio.
Decorate With Flowers
The outdoors holds enough natural beauty, but spring and summer offer the perfect opportunity to add to what’s already there. Potted flowers, annuals, and perennials make a lovely backdrop as you entertain guests outdoors.
Relax With Music
There’s no need to worry about awkward silence when the background music is playing. Music has a way of instantly relaxing everyone and creating conversation. Designate a Bluetooth speaker for outdoor use or install a stereo system outside. Let the good times roll.
Clean Up the Grill
Ever have one of those summer nights where you open up the grill, ready to cook hot dogs for the first time in months, only to find cobwebs and really gross grime covering the inside? We’ve all been there—but not this year! Clean your grill tonight, and you can look forward to grilled goodness for the next several months.
Light Up the Night
Summer nights are great until the sun goes down and you can’t see each other. Make sure your guests never have to leave because of a lack of light. Don’t turn on the floodlights when entertaining unless you want to blind your guests. Instead, keep a collection of candles handy for warm nights outside. Include citronella ones to ward off pesky mosquitos. Another fun idea is to string vintage-style lightbulbs across the deck or patio to add a nice amber glow.
As you look forward to warmer weather and time with friends, enjoy trying out these tips for outdoor entertaining at home.