Over the years, I've learned a thing or two, and below are my top ten tips for entertaining outdoors. Hopefully these tips will help make planning your putdoor event easier!
Create an individualized and engaging centerpiece for your garden party table. Get your guests involved in the fun by creating centerpieces for each place setting. Giving your guests a parting charm or trinket? Incorporate it into the centerpiece!
Make your party more memorable with a signature drink. Create a Blistering Firecracker Margarita for summer or try a Spiked Hot Cider in winter. Signature drinks taste great and give guests a peek into your favorite flavors.
Don’t count on the weather cooperating. Make sure to plan accordingly: a tent in case of rain, heaters for a cool night or fans to beat the summer heat.
Bring the beach to your home. Recreate a sandy beach at your table by substituting sand for couscous. Unlike sand, couscous is edible and won’t disrupt your guests enjoying your food.
Take the mess out of a picnic: combine common sandwich ingredients to create incredible tasty and easy-to-apply spreadable sandwiches.
Fondue can be made indoors or outdoors. Make campfire-style s’mores using a fondue set and your grill. Encourage your guests to bring some of the ingredients!
Prepare as many foods in advance as possible. On the day of the party, you'll be glad you got a head start, and flavors will be enhanced.
A garden is a great setting for a party because the flowers and greenery provide the decoration, but it's still nice to add a few carefully placed loose arrangements. Pepper vines of ivy or smilax with flowers on your table for a natural centerpiece.
Instead of using your best china outdoors, use re-purposed bamboo plates. Guests will appreciate your trusting them with your heirloom china, and the result will be much more spectacular than plasticware.
Make a grill-for-yourself main course. Get your guests mingling and take the load off your back by providing the fixings for kabobs they can build and grill exactly to their liking!