5 Helpful Tips For Backyard Entertaining
Updated: Nov 13, 2019
So you're hosting a bunch of people over for a lively backyard party. Here's some great tips on reducing stress for "Easy, Effortless, Entertaining" in your own backyard.
Don't let bugs bug you, or your guests!
Adding citronella candles or tiki torches to the perimeter of your party space will help keep bugs at bay. Do remember that citronella is not food friendly, so avoid putting it on tables where people are eating at, or anywhere near your buffet, grill, or food stations. Also call your local pest control company to spray your yard for bugs a couple days prior to your event for added protection.
Plain tables are boring and uninviting! Opt for chic, but inexpensive centerpieces
Centerpieces on tables add a touch of elegance and fun to any event. Something simple like a mason jar full of inexpensive seasonal flowers, or simple ivy vines, with an unscented pillar candle (always avoid scented candles!), even something as simple as a bowl of fresh citrus fruit with some lemon leaves inside to create a warm & casual accent to your table.
Don't run out of ice.. EVER!
There is nothing more annoying than having to run to the store in the middle of your event for more ice. Rent a couple of large marine coolers from your local party rental place, and fill them with ice. Keep them hidden out of sight, in a cool spot like the garage, or under your bar table for easy access. A good rule of thumb is a minimum of 2.5lbs of ice per guest when serving mixed drinks. If you're just serving beer & wine, then reduce to 1.75lbs of ice per guest as a minimum. Having an all day affair? Add an additional 1.5lbs per guest per 4 hours.
Not everyone likes to drink booze all day!
Always have non-alcoholic beverage options available. For more casual events, think of things like flavored sparkling waters (We love LaCroix!), served with fresh slices of fruit in them as garnish. For self service buffet style events, create a beverage station with a selection of flavor infused water, lemon lime, strawberry kiwi, mint & cucumber, etc.. Also a few bottles of sparkling cider, or sparkling non-alcoholic grape juice on ice is always a winner. If its summertime and it's warm... plenty of non-alcoholic beverages and water, again with plenty of ice.
Have plenty of trash cans available!
No one likes to look at a half eaten plate of food with flies or bees swirling around it that's been baking in the hot summer sun. Having several garbage cans that are readily accessible to your guests will help keep things looking tidy. Also keep them emptied regularly and always have an ample supply of garbage bags available. Putting the trashcans on the perimeters of your party spaces will also help reduce bugs, ants, and bees as well.