Enjoying a night of warm weather with friends is a summer staple. With a few more weeks to go, the first day of summer is creeping up on us (which is June 20th, for those keeping track). Is your backyard ready for entertaining?
Getting ready for your first outdoor party of the season can be overwhelming, whether it’s cleaning up, making sure there’s enough food, and taking care of the small details that fall through the cracks. I’ve put together a few helpful tips to help you prepare.
Provide ample seating
If you already have a patio table set up, you should be able to accommodate at least four guests. But what fun is a party with just four people? Invest in a range of seating options and look into stackable chairs to save space down the road. These stacking chairs from Target come in a few different colors to add a pop of color to your outdoor space.
Check your propane tank
Nothing is peskier than trying to start up the grill and realizing you’re out of propane. Avoid this situation by making sure your propane tank is full before your hungry guests arrive. Choosing to refill your tank or exchange it is entirely up to you; both options have their pros and cons. Find your local shops and see which choice will give you the most bang for your buck.
Use smart lighting choices
Depending on the ambiance you want at your party, the lighting options are endless. Install an outdoor chandelier for an extravagant occasion. Opt for candles for a smaller, more intimate gathering. There are many options for wall-mounted lighting as well, including sconces and basic exterior lighting. While the right lighting can set the mood for your summer party, it can also attract some unwelcome guests: bugs.
Have insect repellents on hand
As the night goes on, insects are bound to make their way out. Whether it’s bug spray or a citronella candle, your guests will appreciate being able to stay outdoors without being bitten. Many sprays repel more than just mosquitos, which is a plus. Choose a repellent based on the expected amount of guests so you aren’t wasting money on extra products.
If you want to go the DIY route, check out Earnest Home Co.’s guide to making your own citronella candles. But if you’re in a pinch and need to buy citronella candles, make sure they aren’t just citronella scented—if they are, the candle won’t ward off mosquitos. Citronella oil is what keeps the bugs at bay.
A little foresight and a few simple additions to your backyard will make all the difference for your first outdoor summer party. Follow these tips and I’m sure your guests will be much more willing to come back for another get-together.