When the temperature is warm enough, it’s time to move you social gatherings outdoor. Hosting parties in your yard will become easier and more fun. But, easier doesn’t necessarily mean easy, though. Hosting your friends’ al fresco comes with its fair share of challenges.
With a little preparation, an outdoor party can be extremely low-maintenance. So are you ready to take advantage of the summer season and move your next party into the fresh air? Here are Four outdoor entertaining tips that will help you get started.
Wind can be an annoying enemy to an outdoor social gathering, especially on a summer night, it can get breezy. Rest assure you can prevent it from ruining the whole night. The week before your party, make a mental list of anything that could blow away. Solutions are generally simple: like, for example, buying or making tablecloth weights that clip to the corners of a tablecloth.
One of thing that will bug your evening party is mosquitos. If that bothers you, you can place candles on your seating area. Candles can serve a dual purpose, beyond adding ambiance, they also can help fend off mosquitos. You don’t have to choose citronella varieties, either; pests also hate eucalyptus. If you’re feeling crafty, you can even make your own bug-deterring candles.
One of the perks of having your party outside is you can use your outdoor grill. It’s a fun thing to do a BBQ party, but remember to take safety precaution and preparation. Don’t wait until the day before your party to grab propane and scrub your grill grate. You can even season your grill grate the way you would a cast iron pan to avoid rust.
As you get your grill ready, make it safe. Move it at least 10 feet away from your home, outdoor structures, and any trees or bushes. If you own a gas grill, perform a quick and easy test with soapy water to identify any leaks. Taking the time to get your grill ready before you fire it up gives you a summer of stress-free outdoor cooking.
You can make things easier for you even if you already have a kitchen set up outside. Start by bringing a cabinet, a trunk or another storage piece outside. If you plan to host throughout the season but don’t want your furniture to get damaged by the elements, consider flipping it over and adding some casters.
Once your outdoor storage is ready, fill it with everything you’ll need. Plastic dishware and cloth napkins are a great start. Think through your previous parties. What did you find yourself often grabbing for? Having these necessities easily accessible outside will give you more time to enjoy your event.