Outdoor entertaining: 8 tips for getting the scene just right

Simple Outdoor Entertaining Tips. Image via Toll Brothers.
Progress Lighting coventry path lights add kisses of light along landscape paths
Progress Lighting coventry path lights add kisses of light along landscape paths

School may be back in session, but the outdoor benefits of the summer season continue – which means, outdoor entertaining is still top of mind. Outdoor gatherings offer a fresh option for hosting, and with the right tools, you can create an atmosphere that will keep your party going well into the night.

Here are some of our best outdoor entertaining tips for getting the scene just right:

 

  • Add instant ambiance

Small additions such as string lights or light lanterns can add just the right amount of twinkle at twilight. Candles can also enhance the environment and keep the bugs away.

  • Lead the way

Encourage guests to explore new parts of your yard with multiple tables or stations with different treats. Segment your beverage cart vs. dessert table to encourage guests to mingle. Use path lights to guide your guests and beautify your landscape.

  • Get comfy

Seating with thick, comfortable cushions is a must for outdoor entertaining. There’s nothing worse than getting caught with two plates and a drink in hand, and no where to lighten the load. Plus, guests will be tempted to linger long after sundown if they find a comfy spot to catch up with friends.

 

Decorative pillows are an easy way to add instant beauty to your patio setting.
Decorative pillows are an easy way to add instant beauty to your patio setting.
  • Bring the indoors, out

The best part about outdoor parties is you don’t have to go out and buy more furniture and accessories to set the scene. Bring indoor furniture out to your deck or yard to create a cozy outdoor room.

Simple Outdoor Entertaining Tips. Image via Toll Brothers.
Image courtesy of Toll Brothers
  • Create some shade

Umbrellas and coverings are great for defining the outdoor room and creating a cool, comfortable environment for guests.

Simple outdoor entertaining ideas

  • Enjoy the breeze

UL-listed ceiling fans for Damp or Wet Locations can be used in outdoor spaces, offer comfort and are energy efficient.

 

Simple outdoor entertaining ideas

  • Keep it simple

When it comes to planning your menu, keep it simple. Outdoor parties are more casual – don’t think you have to create a five-course meal. Throw some meat on the grill and whip up some quick side items, and you’re all set!

Decorative lanterns add instant style to outdoor areas

  • Light up with lanterns

Don’t forget your exterior decorative fixtures! Decorative lanterns bring instant style to exterior areas.