With June in full swing, it’s officially outdoor party season. While there’s naturally less pressure planning outdoor get-togethers, getting your space ready to go for parties (both planned and impromptu) now will guarantee you get to enjoy them – not just plan them – all summer long.
First up on the to-do list: prepping the space. You’ll want to freshen up your landscaping to create a colorful and welcoming atmosphere (while you’re at it, consider planting greenery that wards off mosquitoes, like lavender, geraniums and rosemary). Your outdoor furniture may have been covered all winter, but you’ll want to give it a thorough cleaning to clear dirt and bugs that crept in. Once this dirty work is out of the way, you’re ready to move on to the fun stuff.
If eating is the main event at your parties, invest in sturdy (and fun!) tableware and glassware. Match your settings with the color palette you’ve created with your outdoor furniture, and you’ll always coordinate.
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If you host evening affairs, consider investing in a fire pit or fire table for both the wow factor and s’mores making. The warmth of a fire pit ensures you can extend your outdoor parties well into early fall.
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Create a stocked area (or two) where guests can help themselves to cold drinks and appetizers, and you’ll be able to mingle stress-free.
Nothing kills the mood like a swarm of mosquitoes. Keep them at bay with a state-of-the-art trap.
A string of outdoor lights are a nice touch any night of the week, whether or not you’re entertaining.
Guarantee your guests’ comfort with weather-resistant outdoor pillows and throws for chilly nights.