My brood and I love hosting friends and family at our house and during the summer season get-togethers seem to happen almost weekly. Today I am sharing my 7 tips for taking your patio space and outdoor entertaining to another level.
Light it Up
Keep the party going long after dark! Use lanterns and candles on the table or hang around your outdoor space. Or string plenty of twinkly hanging lights wherever you can — in trees, along fences, throughout foliage, under coverings or umbrellas. It allows guests to feel comfortable once the sun goes down, creates a cozy feeling throughout your outdoor space and also sets an ambiance where everyone feels (and looks) their best!
Deal With Pests
Set out a pretty pail offering sunscreen and repellant for your guests, they’ll feel taken care of and appreciate the gesture… and it doesn’t take long to add this special touch. To take bug repellent to the next level, create your own luminaries that smell great (for us!) and keep bugs at bay.
Items needed for these DIY Bug Repellant Luminaries:
- Lemongrass or Rosemary Essential Oil
- Small Jars
- Tea Light Candles
- Fresh Lemons or Limes
- Sprigs of Fresh Rosemary, Basil, or Lavender
- Start by slicing your lemon and limes. Place a couple slices in each jar.
- Place two sprigs of the herb of choice in your jar and add water to about 3/4 of the way full.
- Add 10-15 drops of essential oil and swirl to mix.
- Add more water to fill the jar.
- Place a tea light candle on top.
You can use these for a few days, so make a day or two before your outdoor event for a fresh, bug repelling scent and be prepared ahead of time!
Have Drinks at the Ready
This is where you can have fun and create a signature drink for your gathering, or set up a station to make each guest feel like their own mixologist. Recently we’ve been loving our soda stream machine and even the kids get into making fun drinks for themselves and our guests. Elevate your drink station even more by having trays for essentials, like empty glasses, toppings and mix-ins nearby. Bowl of sliced fruit, simple syrups and fun straws are always an appreciated extra touch.
Make it Fun
Use butcher block paper or craft paper rolled out on the tables. Besides keeping the look casual, it makes the center of your entertaining area crafty. Add in some crayons and even the adults will have a good time at the table, now matter what the conversation. Plus, it makes clean up a breeze!
Don’t Forget the Music
Pick up a cordless BOSE Bluetooth speaker to setup in a central area and enjoy your favorite playlists through the party.
Once you’re all set up, just enjoy yourself, your family and your company!
We’d love to hear your thoughts; what is your favorite summer entertaining style or tip? Share in the comments!