Outdoor parties can be great for hosts and guests alike. However, some open-air events are better than others. To ensure that your outdoor entertaining rates among the best, follow these tips:
De-bug the area: Mosquitoes make poor party companions. Today, there are several ways to keep them away ranging from burning citronella candles to having your lawn sprayed. Choose the one that suits you best and have it in place when guests arrive.
Spread out the feast: Encourage guests to mingle by putting the drinks in one area and the food in another.
Offer a well-stocked bar cart: A wheeled cart big enough for glasses, plates, ice, a cocktail shaker, and whatever wine or spirits you’re serving saves trips to and from the kitchen.
Keep food fresh: Especially dishes that contain dairy products such as dips or potato salad. Fill a large bowl with ice, sprinkle it with kosher salt and set the serving dish on top.
Light up the area: Hang some paper lanterns or battery operated candles from tree limbs to enough provide soft, pleasant light to keep people from bumping into things after dark.
Fire up a fire pit: Even on warm nights, there’s something appealing about sitting around a fire. It’s one of those things that guests always love!