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Tips for Outdoor Entertaining

Style your outdoor summer party with fun, yet practical entertaining ideas. Select stylish furniture, decorative lighting, and relaxing music to set the appropriate ambiance. Be sure to base your choices on the preferences of party guests! Enjoy your party experience with these outdoor entertaining tips.

To create an inviting summer party in an outside setting, check out these outdoor entertaining ideas:

  • Atmosphere: Use some unique outdoor party ideas to entertain guests. Light a fire pit and set up comfortable seating around the fire pit to create a relaxing atmosphere. Provide skewers and encourage guests to toast marshmallows for s’mores. Engage guests in fun conversations and even play games, such as "Two Truths and a Lie."
  • Furniture: Set up comfortable outdoor furniture for guests. Rent outdoor furniture from a local furniture store or set up your own. Select furniture with clean lines for a modern outdoor furniture look. Accent the furniture with colorful or patterned throw pillows. Choose white or brown wicker furniture for a laid back, relaxed style. For a nice touch, decorate the wicker furniture with comfortable cushions.

Tips for Outdoor Entertaining

  • Lighting: Display decorative, yet practical lighting at the outdoor party. Select lighting that does not attract bugs. Avoid ultra violet lights as they attract mosquitoes. Light multiple citronella candles throughout the entertainment space to avoid bugs. Stick tiki torches in the ground as party decorations. Select tall tiki torches for parties with small children. You can also put small tea lights in jars and place them throughout your yard for a touch that dazzles.
  • Music: Play outdoor music to set the ambiance for your party. Create a playlist on your MP3 player and set up speakers. Select songs based on the style and theme of the party. Choose a specific decade of music or just play jazz or reggae music.

Plan the outdoor entertaining details yourself for small, intimate parties. Hire a party planner to plan the logistics for a large group of guests. Follow these tips for a successful outdoor party for family and friends!

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