Outdoor entertaining really does offer the best of both worlds. Maybe you’re hosting a daytime get-together on the patio or an evening under the stars in your backyard. Either way, there’s something special about gathering with family and friends in the great outdoors. Here are 5 great outdoor entertaining ideas your guests will love!
Pick an Outdoor Entertaining Party Theme
Giving your outdoor party a lively theme adds something special to the event. Here are five popular themes that lend themselves well to varied outdoor entertaining venues.
1. Outdoor Movie Night
If you’re a confirmed drive-through movie fan, you’ll enjoy this al fresco movie-viewing experience. Use a clean white sheet as a movie screen. Play the movie on your computer, and plug a projector into the device. Arrange chairs nearby for easy viewing.
Serve popcorn plus a tasty assortment of traditional movie snacks. Add several adult beverages and some sparkling water for non-drinking guests.
2. 1950s Diner-Style Dinner
Take yourself and your guests back to a traditional 1950s diner for the evening. Welcome everyone with a custom 1950s diner banner, and serve refreshments while attired in a “soda jerk” hat from an online party store.
Serve up tasty burgers, crispy fries, and creamy shakes. Add delicious banana splits and sundaes for dessert.
Dig out your 1950s rock-n-roll CDs or create a custom 1950s playlist from a music streaming service. Ask guests to dress in 1950s-era attire, and give a prize for the best-looking outfit.
3. Toe-Tapping Texas Hoedown
Turn your weekend cookout into a lively Texas Hoedown. Capture a Texas ranch’s ambience with several hay bales placed around the patio or backyard. Add a few clusters of tumbleweed (yes, it’s available online) for an authentic touch. For background music, cue up your favorite country playlist.
Grilled meats and tasty sides will be popular with guests. Chill bottled or canned drinks in old washtubs, and serve beverages in casual-looking Mason jars. For napkins, buy budget-friendly bandanas at a discount store.
4. Backyard Campfire Night
Bring back your camping memories by hosting a backyard campfire night. Pick a pleasantly cool evening, and gather at the fire pit or other fire-safe spot. Toast marshmallows, make s’mores, and enjoy some tasty beverages.
As the fire crackles brightly, swap camping stories with family and friends. If anyone plays an instrument, invite them to play several tunes. Kids will also enjoy this family-friendly event.
5. Leisurely Weekend Brunch
Enjoying tasty brunch food on your patio (or perhaps in your garden) adds a new dimension to the weekend. Let the outdoor scenery take center stage, and place fresh flowers and colorful napkins on the table. Combine your favorite traditional brunch foods with your own tasty offerings.
Preparing the Party Venue
Ensure that your outdoor entertaining space is ready for the big event. Complete all landscaping and backyard improvement projects, and devise a plan for outdoor insect control. Clean your grill(s) and other food preparation equipment.
Purchase budget-friendly party décor, and choose lighting that matches your party theme. Once you have covered all the bases, relax and enjoy the occasion with your family and friends.
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