Great Tips for Outdoor Gatherings
Entertaining guests can be stressful sometimes, especially if you haven’t planned ahead, and if you don’t have the proper items for a gathering. You don’t want your outdoor parties and get-togethers to end in disaster, or not have the right things to truly entertain your guests, friends, and family with. These helpful bits of advice are all you’ll need to have the best gatherings.
Outdoor seating can be difficult if you are expecting a lot of people. But, when you are outdoors, things that normally wouldn’t be seen as something to sit on, well, is. If you’re having trouble finding chairs, be creative, and gather some logs or small stumps, some camping chairs you have in the shed, the bench swing in the corner of the yard, and anything else that would seat someone. Don’t be afraid to move the porch swing, the glider bench, and even the comfy outdoor daybed into the gathering area. That way, everyone will find their perfect seating. If you have a ton of people, having some picnic tables is a necessity.
Everything you can think of must be weighted enough to not fly away upon the wind. Make sure you pin your tablecloth down. Also, any decorations must be firmly “planted.” Speaking of, instead of using one centerpiece for your tables, get the flowerpots out of the shed and throw some dirt in them. You can put some fresh flowers, or even some garden herbs that people can use during their meal. You can also make or get a long and skinny ice-box that you can use as a runner/centerpiece to hold everyone’s drinks and keep them cold. Instead of using paper for name cards, gather some smooth river rocks and sharpie everyone’s name onto them with some fancy lettering.
You must also ensure you have real dishware to serve to your guests. Using heavy plates, bowls, and silverware will stay where it should be despite the wind and weather. Grab a seated bench to store everything in. You should also consider adding an outdoor kitchen for your outdoor gatherings.
To properly entertain guests, you’ll need the one thing everyone needs and expects at any kind of gathering: Food. No matter what type of party you are hosting, you’ll need, at the very least, some snacks. During the hotter months, opting for some fruit and setting it out in a buffet style on a table is a great idea. You can gather some trays with high lids and pour some crushed ice into them so you can display the fruit and cold snacks in their containers while keeping them cold and fresh.
The weather can ruin outdoor activities quickly if you let it. Sometimes, there’s nothing you can do, but most of the time, you can plan ahead and make everyone comfortable. A blazing hot sun and burning rays can make anyone uncomfortable.Consider purchasing a canopy or curtains for your pergola. If the weather starts to get bad you can quickly store everything in a seated storage bench before heading indoors.
These tips should help you entertain guests in a fun way. Check out our blog on how to bring Luxury to your backyard if you’re ready to start planning your next backyard get together.
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