The end of summer doesn’t mean the end of outdoor entertaining for your family and/or friends. Ours doesn’t! It even allows our family to get extra creative with activities including games and food served. So even if the season has changed, it’s still more fun and we create happy memories with everyone! To get you ready to host your next outdoor activity, we’ll provide you with some practical pointers and whatnots.
Planning for the activity and things to consider
Create an informal invitation if you look to invite more than 12 people or there is a designated theme for the outdoor activity. Otherwise, you can just call or invite guests in person. It’s a good idea to ask your guests if they have any food allergies or special preferences (vegetarian, kosher, diabetic, etc.), to ensure that everyone can enjoy it!
You can decrease the stress of hosting an outdoor activity by making it a potluck. This will fill your outdoor dining table in no time. Talk or assign each guest a dish — appetizer, salad, side dish, or dessert – for contribution, but the main dish should still be yours to make. You can also create a cohesive buffet if you organize the potluck around a theme, such as All-Australian, Asian, or Wild West, etc.
Try mixing up the seating. For places with multiple outside spaces, set up your outdoor dining table, chairs, or blankets throughout the yard. Make at least 50 per cent more food than your initial calculation to ensure that everyone can have enough. Bigger parties need dishes that can be frozen so nothing will go to waste.
Ensure that you have a good outdoor dining table that can comfortably sit your guests, especially if you’re entertaining for a few people. To see which table suits your outside space better, check out the outdoor dining table collection at Domayne. Consider anything that might prevent entertaining outside: A couple of things like bugs, rain, heat, or cold can get in the way of a hosting party, so make sure you have a backup plan.
Creating the perfect outdoor table for your guests
Use two of the same table cloth if you have a patio table that’s too large for one to cover. Just fold each in half and drape over the ends of the table. Remember to keep your tablecloth weighted down on windy days through wrapping raffia around camp pegs, pretty stones or heavy seashells, then connecting them to the tablecloth.
Synchronize your tablecloth, place settings, and table items to give your outdoor dining table a coordinated look. For instance, you can carve holes into apples, pears, or other firm produce to create a stunning and unique garden-theme candleholder. Make use of can make gorgeous serving pieces as well — serve seafood in lemon halves, fruit salads in melon halves and sherbet.
There you have it! The part where you host games and create programs will be up to you. Remember to tailor it based on your visitors and always kept everyone fed and accounted for. We hope you have the best outdoor entertainment party out of summer!
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