As the weather warms up, there are plenty of reasons to move your seasonal soirees outside. However, many party planners feel overwhelmed by the logistics of alfresco entertaining and opt to bring the party inside instead. No need to stress; here are some tips for carefree outdoor entertaining that will help you enjoy your gathering as much as your guests.
Prep Your Yard – A perfectly manicured lawn sets the scene for an elegant outdoor get-together. Be sure to mow your grass, rake any leaves and clear out clutter for a polished, upscale look.
Skip the Tablecloth – Wind can quickly ruin a party held outside, so to be safe it is best to use colorful china or bold accessories to create a whimsical tablescape.
Keep Food Simple – Items like salad, fresh fruit and cold drinks make just as much of a sophisticated impact as a fancy spread. Check out these simple summer party recipes for ideas that you’ll be dying to make for your next outdoor party.
Provide Plenty of Lighting – If your party will go into the evening, string twinkling lights or hang paper lanterns to provide light while also enhancing your backyard’s festive ambiance.
Use Natural Centerpieces – Foliage from your garden or yard can make a gorgeous centerpiece when placed in fun vases or jars.
Center Around Comfort – While you want your décor to look great, guests will be more focused on comfort. Having cushioned chairs, a fan to keep cool if it is warm outside and easily accessible drink refills and snacks available to guests will make their time at your event more enjoyable.