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Setting The Stage For Outdoor Entertaining

May 03, 2016

The minute the weather warms up and the evenings get longer, I start creating reasons to entertain outdoors. I absolutely love to entertain in our backyard–whether it’s a family dinner or a weekend cookout. However, after a long winter our space is usually in need of cleaning and sprucing up before I’m ready to extend invitations.

They key to getting our outdoor space in shape for entertaining is to create an inviting (and functional) space to gather with family and friends. Here are some tips for setting the stage for outdoor entertaining.

Setting The Stage For Outdoor Entertaining 

Spruce Up Your Landscaping

Once you’ve cleaned up your outdoor space by removing leaves and weeds, take a look around and decide where you can add some color to perk up your space. Plant flowering bushes or flowers near areas where you will be most (like the patio or paths). Even a few potted flowers can dramatically change your outdoor area and make it feel more inviting.

Invest in Outdoor Furniture

Create an inviting space to both dine and relax. A nice outdoor dining table can be used regularly by your family and also when entertaining. My tip is to invest in a good quality table and chairs to be sure they stand up against the sun and weather. Be sure to grab a couple colorful pillows to add a pop of color!

Gather Serving Pieces for Entertaining

Just because you’re hosting a dinner party outdoors does not mean you have to use paper or plastic. Invest in some neutral or basic white plates, linen napkins and an extra set of serving ware. Going with a neutral color means they will match any party theme you can dream of for years to come. It is also a simple way to “up” your entertaining game and make it classier. I also love using acrylic glasses outside, as they are more earth-friendly than disposable paper or plastic cups and also look great.

Be Sure to Help Protect Your Guests

To help your guests be comfortable outdoors, make sure to provide mosquito repellent and, when during the daytime, sunscreen. Your guests will appreciate your thoughtfulness!    

Do you like to entertain outdoors? What tips do you have?

Photo courtesy of Tori Tait.

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