An intimate evening can be cozy even outside.
Having an outdoor party gives the cook(s) an opportunity to get out of the kitchen and enjoy the fresh air. It also gives the gardener a chance to show off their latest blooms. What better setting for a get together?
First consider what the reason for the dinner party is. Is it aimed at being a small intimate get together, maybe two couples who want to share some special news or just enjoy the evening away from every day stresses or is an event meant to be shared with the whole family and special friends? If it is only for couples this could be a very romantic and special event. Do you have a friend or family member who would be willing to play waitress? Set up some soft music and have it playing in the background and you may find that more than the ice will be melting…
Be sure to spray the backyard with a mosquito repellant. A few uninvited pests can certainly place a damper on the evening.
Maybe you had your mind on something on a slightly larger scale?
A children’s pool full of ice or a large (new) garbage can works nicely to hold cold bottled water or pop. Hot air balloons tied to the mail box help to let the guest know where the fun will begin. Many meat markets run specials on meat bundles and also carry an assortment of other prepared food items in their deli selection. If you purchase a large container of ready-made potato salad or macaroni (perhaps both) if you bring it home and place it in a fancy bowl, who will know you did not slave over this delectable dish? One can always have a get together where everyone brings a dish to pass also. Having one main table set up with the main dishes and finger foods is a great way to get everyone up and circulating. After all you did not have the party to stand around and talk to yourself.
Have a cleanup area
There will always be someone who is uncomfortable with food on their fingers or not having clean hands. Place a hand sanitizer and napkins in a nice little basket in an easy to see spot. You can also have sun block, mosquito repellant and lotion in the basket. Place a lined garbage can nearby. This will remove the embarrassing moment for the guest and make them feel more at home.
Place card tables outside for dominoes, board games, or card games as one option for entertainment. For those who are more energetic, horse shoes or lawn croquet are some others. Bad Minton nets are easy to put up and most people know how to play volley ball. It is a fun game to play or watch and is sure to improve everyone’s appetite and make the food taste better.
Lanterns can be hung from trees or porches.
Lights like these will make even card tables and folding chairs appear more festive and add to the gaiety. Many dollar stores carry outdoor party decorations this time of year so they can be purchased quite inexpensively. Maybe you would like to run some clear Christmas bulbs through a tree to light up the area.
Music and Entertaining
There is nothing like great music to enliven the ambiance of your outdoor get- together. And finally make sure each and every guest knows how much you appreciate their attending and they will be begging you to throw another get together soon. Enjoy your entertaining experience with your friends and family, and use the helpful tips to make memories for future events.
Marina Chernyak is freelance writer and co-owner of decorative mirrors website located at DecorativeMirrorsBoutique.com
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