The party moves outside when the weather is warm. Be prepared for entertaining in garden style with simple steps that will make the outdoors another beautiful room in your home.
Entertain outside in style with these tips:
1. A place for everyone
Make sure you have enough seating, whether it’s chairs, benches or sofas. A garden stool will work as seating for some as well. If you have raised beds or planters that are 18 inches high and deep enough, they can double as seating.
Give your seating extra oomph with a pillow refresh this summer. Look for new patterns and statement pillows for a fresh look in easy-to-clean fabrics that resist fading.
2. Keep it cool
Keep the sun’s heat at bay with a patio umbrella, especially a cantilever umbrella. Your icy drinks will taste even cooler and last longer when the sun is on the other side of the umbrella. The Hampton Bay 11 ft. LED Round Offset Patio Umbrella features a solar cell that charges throughout the day to power 40 solar lights in the umbrella at night.
3. Light it up
Light up your outdoor party with string lights for a soft ambience. Remember to light the pathways around your home with landscape lighting powered by LEDs.
4. Bring the harvest to the table
Show off your green thumb when you cook fresh edibles like herbs and vegetables from your garden. “Garden” can mean the pot of basil by the front door or your own vine-ripened tomatoes or watermelon.
Keep pots of rosemary and thyme by the grill, and if you have a sunny patio, try growing jalapenos and other chilies. Check out the Garden Club recipe for homemade herb butter to flavor grilled steak.
5. Keep bugs away
Don’t put up with uninvited guests like mosquitoes, flies and gnats. Keep pests away from your friends and your feast with a collection of insect repellent products.
You can keep a basket of insect repellant sprays near the door and place citronella candles and insect zapper lanterns throughout your space. Tiki torches bring party flair and the scent of citronella to protect the perimeter of your party.
Pick up more ideas for outdoor entertaining:
- 7 Color Combos for Beautiful Container Gardens
- 6 Ways to Bring Color to Your Outdoor Decor
- Light Up Summer Nights with a Fire Pit