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Outdoor entertaining is an absolute hit amongst my family and friends. Having a backyard gathering can be such a fun and convenient way to host guests once you have a few things in order. It can be as simple or grand as you want. You don’t need the most enchanting yard, you don’t have to hire a band, and you can even leave your fancy dishes safely tucked away if you wish. As long as your guests are provided comfort, food, and entertainment you’re on your way to outdoor entertaining success! To help you get started, here are 6 things to consider for your outdoor party.
Although guests may not sit the entire time, seating is a necessity. Making sure your seats are comfy will help ensure your guests aren’t in a hurry to leave right away. If you don’t have a wicker patio set or something similar with padded chairs don’t fret. Add cushions to whatever chairs you do have. The placement of seat cushions can even make a simple metal folding chair comfier. Regardless of seating type, you’ll want to ensure you arrange enough space for all expected guests. Aside from patio sets, also consider picnic tables and benches. They provide even more seating and you can easily make custom cushions to tie onto them.
We like to watch TV, listen to music and play games so I prefer having a TV for outdoor entertaining. This way you can host a movie night, watch the game, and more. Due to multiple weather conditions in North America, you should opt for a weatherproof TV built for full-shade outdoor areas like a SunBrite Veranda Series Outdoor TV. These 4K UHD TVs with HDR are engineered to resist the harsh effects of rain, snow, insects, dust and extreme temperatures. They’re also up to 50% brighter than indoor TVs so the viewing experience is improved in brighter outdoor environments. The Veranda Series of SunBriteTVs are available in 43”, 55”, 65” and 75” so you can pick a size that best fits your space, set it up and then connect your streaming services so your guests can enjoy movies, music and even play games!
When it comes to outdoor entertaining you might have to deal with certain uncomfortable weather conditions. Consider heating and cooling options based on seasonal needs. A firepit is a great option in cooler months while fans can help cool off guests in the heat. If you don’t have a covered patio you can create shade using patio umbrellas.
Grilling is a great option that allows you to remain part of the crowd and typically means fewer dishes for you to clean afterward. In lieu of making side dishes, consider setting up a salad bar using disposable serving dishes.
All The Snacks
These days we’re all eating different things due to allergies, health concerns, beliefs…and taste buds. I try to provide a mix of sweet, savory, and healthy snacks. Cookies and mini cupcakes are always a sweet treat. Chips with a variety of dips like salsa, cheese, and guacamole are always a hit. Then there are healthy snacks like fruit slices and veggie sticks, which can also be paired with yummy dips.
Make use of citronella candles or torches. This will help keep insects at bay while also serving as mood lighting during the evening. If you have any, offer insect repellent to guests who would like to use it.