Outdoor Entertaining Ideas + Giveaway

Outdoor Party Ideas

Are you ready to celebrate the arrival of summer?  I am!  A few friends, along with Ed and I, headed over to our good friends, Harry and Toni’s house this past weekend for some casual outdoor entertaining in the form of a “no-dining table dinner party.”

Outdoor Entertaining Ideas

Their backyard is the perfect place to hold a kick-off to summer. A variety of seating areas and an open lounging area by a pool created a perfect venue to sit back and relax and enjoy everyone’s company while watching the sun go down.

I like summer entertaining the best since it is less stressful.  I exchange the word“Entertaining” for a less-intimidating and less-stress-prompting phrase: “Having people over.”  When the stress factor is taken away, entertaining is not about being a style-setter, a caterer, or the perfect host. Instead, it can be about creating a happy occasion that permits you to enjoy family and friends. More important, however, is that you have fun doing it.

Outdoor Party Ideas

Here are a few of my tried and true tips to help you throw a casual evening soiree.

THE SETTING: My friend Toni and Harry’s backyard

Outdoor Dining under the stars

On a warm evening a deck, patio or rooftop can be a magical setting for a no-dining-table dinner party as the sun sets and the sky begins to darken. Illuminating the setting with TIKI® Brand torches in the yard and on tables adds the perfect atmosphere from sunset to twilight to after-dinner night sky viewing.

THE SET UP:

  • Forgo the paper and plastic. If there is even a slight breeze it will send these items flying. Use regular dishes and cloth napkins. If you are afraid your dishes will break, head to the dollar store for a set of white plates and bowls to use for outdoor parties.
  • Bring out the indoors: Add a few pillows or throw blankets around the patio or deck seating. These will add a comfy cozy feeling for guests who may get chilly after the sun goes down.

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